What’s not to like about an MP5?
Zenith Firearms has been a partner with the Turkish Mechanical and Chemical Industry Corporation, best known as MKE, since 2011, and as such long imported MKE’s MP-5 clones to the U.S. consumer market. However, with the Turkish company reportedly teaming up with Century Arms on the promised AP-5, Zenith has made the call to go it alone.
They advise an all-American MP-5 will be available sometime in 2021.
However, as I may have covered here before, PTR and Palmetto State Armory in South Carolina have both been going down that road since 2018 with varying degrees of success. There are also a host of smaller shops that specialize in the platform, for those who like to get on waiting lists. These include Pennsylvania’s Black Ops Defense, Brethren Arms in Utah, Dakota Tactical in Michigan, and TPM Outfitters in the Lone Star State.
Bottom line: we’ll see.
In the 1960s, Heckler und Koch hit the market with their MP5 sub gun and really set the gold standard for SMGs ever since. Just flat-out durable and reliable, they have circled the globe and remain to be seen (and unseen) in the most curious places.
Margaret Thatcher and three SAS personnel after the six-day Iranian Embassy siege in London, May 1980. Dig the claw-mounted lights on their MP5s
However, if you want an actual HK-made MP5 of your very own, you have to cough up serious cash for the gun and collect some stamps or two– and even then settle for a $20,000 HK 94 that has been converted.
Speaking of HK 94 carbines, they run $4K by themselves if you are lucky enough to find them, leaving those who want an MP5-ish gun to look for HK SP89s or HK SP5Ks for $2,000 and up and just make do with the wonky push-button mag release and other detracting features the MP5 never had.
No…this is not what the People wanted…
Hence the burgeoning market in clones that cost about the same amount of dough.
With that in mind, HK yesterday went public with the all-new SP5 pistol series that includes an 8.86-inch Navy tri-lug barrel, paddle mag release, and barrel sight. Further, it is a true HK, being made on the MP5 line at Oberdorf.
More in my column at Guns.com.
The term “gun buyback” is kind of a misnomer as it implies that the people purchasing said unwanted firearms “off the streets” owned them in the first place. Nonetheless, they sometimes turn up interesting items for which those involved pay a song. In recent years this has included a revolver stolen from Teddy Roosevelt and a vintage museum-quality StG44, both of which were saved from the torch.
Sadly, a beautiful M1911 owned by Sammy Davis Jr. was not.
Well, speaking of odd catches at buybacks, the Marin County District Attorney’s Office hosted one earlier this month which was covered by the local paper and I picked up at Guns.com. Why would I pick up such a normally pedestrian news story?
Because they garnered a cherry HK MP5 with a side-folding factory marked stock and four-positon ambi Navy fire control pack lower, as well as a host of mags and a couple of suppressors for $200. At the very least it is a SP89 conversion Sterling VA marked H&K with nice laser on the front.
As California frowns on suppressor ownership altogether for civilians and you have to get special permission from DOJ besides your regular NFA hoops for full-autos, the MP5 combo likely came in from out of state, was illegal (say it ain’t possible), a prop house gun, or is a Post-86 dealer sample or LE gun. In any of these cases, there are likely some questions.