History of the H&K MP5

As we launch the New AR-V 7-inch handguard and sales of the smaller sizes ramp up, we thought you might like a little MP5 history…

What is the MP5?

The MP5 is a 9×19 parabellum submachine gun developed in the 1960s by the German small arms manufacturer Heckler & Koch. There are dozens of variants and clones available on the market today. The MP5 quickly became one of the most popular submachine guns in the world, being adopted for use by over 40 nations and militaries as well as law enforcement, intelligence and security organizations.


How has the MP5 been used historically?

In 1980, the MP5 achieved revered status as a result of the British SAS storming the Iranian embassy in London, live on national TV, rescuing hostages and killing 5 terrorists all with MP5 submachine guns. The MP5 had become the standard of Swat and law enforcement agencies in the USA as a result. However, as a result of the North Hollywood shootout in the late 1990’s most police special teams moved to AR-15 based rifles.

Looking for an MP5?

The H&K MP5 remains a popular weapon with the military, law enforcement and civilian markets. With dozens of variants, the collector can spend years acquiring them all. Its small size and portability make it a great defensive weapon. They are really fun to shoot and, in more normal times when ammo is readily available and less expensive, they can be affordable to play with for extended range sessions.

There are dozens of different looks to the MP5 manufactured over the decades, but the classic MP5 with the sloped plastic handguard, side charger and iconic HK sights is still by far one of the most popular. This is the model we used for our AR-V style handguard. Designed for the AR-15 pistol platform you get the MP5 look without the cost.

The New 7-inch model opens this look up to the direct impingement 5.56/.223 7.5 inch pistol market. If the market demands it we may even look at a 9 to 10 inch model…… Ohhhh and a little secret we may or may not be working on will really make this an HK MP5 clone, we’ll let you guess what that might be…..Stay tuned!

If you want more in depth history of the platform check it out here.


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3 thoughts on “History of the H&K MP5”

    1. Matt we are not a this time and do not have any plans in the works to.
      we can purchase them and sell them at less cost than we can make them.

  1. I bought the 7 inch MP5 clone handguard for my AR9 MP5 clone. My particular AR9 itself is not direct impingement but blowback. Will the 7 inch MP5 HG still fit? I already purchased and receivedit. I just got my tax stamp back on a (5.5 inch) suppressor which will be pinned to a 10.5 inch 9mm barrel. Frankly, with Biden in office and the ATF looking for trashing the brace, I figured why not keep my bases covered. At least now can run a stock and a VFG.
    |I am still a month or so before completion as everything is taking weeks to get ordered and delivered. Tax stamp took just shy of a year. Hell the NICS BGC took almost a month.

    Anyway, I love the MP5 handguard. Yet I would be very happy with a 9 or 10 inch handguard. What are your thoughts and time frame if viable for your company?

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