Word broke late last night that H&K would be importing a civilian legal version of their MP5K platform for the first time in roughly 30 years. Included in that announcement was some interesting language stating that the gun being imported wasn’t actually the venerable MP5K but a handgun that “matches the look and feel” of the gun which is banned by name from importation into the United States. That’s an important legal distinction that the company needs to make to get around the ban, but it left many people (myself included) wondering what exactly the differences will be between the old MP5K and the new SP5K?
According to the rep at the H&K booth, what we have here is basically the same thing that we’ve been seeing from people like Zenith and Pakistani Ordnance Factory. This is a standard MP5k produced to the same specifications as the original, meaning that every existing accessory will work just fine. Mostly.
The biggest mechanical change comes in the fire control group. There’s no forward retention pin, and a block has been welded in place to keep the average citizen from slapping a full auto fire control group in place. Which is exactly the same thing that the other companies are doing.
Also missing: a three-lug adapter or threaded barrel for mounting a silencer.
Another change is in the receiver. There’s a rail welded on the inside of the receiver to prevent a proper full auto bolt assembly from being installed, accepting only the neutered semi-auto roller system.
Aesthetically the one thing that people will notice the most is the forward handguard. Gone is the short plastic handguard (from the H&K rep: “we lost the mold”) replaced by a much more comprehensive handguard and barrel shroud. The idea seems to be to keep shooters from placing their appendages in front of the barrel by constructing a protective shroud around the business end of the gun. It’s a smart move that shows me H&K is actually putting some thought into the design before releasing it to the public.
Speaking of nice additions, the claw mount rail system will come attatched from the factory for your optic mounting pleasure. Then again, so does the Zenith Z5P. At a fraction of the price.
The real question will be how well these things will sell. The H&K brand goes a long way with the premium buyers, but with so many options available at much lower price points I doubt that it will be a mainstream gun. Stay tuned.