February 06, 2018

History Of The HK MP5

The Heckler & Koch MP5 model was original designed in the 1960s by German engineers at the Heckler & Koch manufacturing facility. It’s a 9mm submachine gun, and over 100 variants exist today, including some semi-automatic models.


It is one of the most used submachine gun models in the world and over 40 nations have adopted it for numerous military uses in addition to intelligence, security, and law enforcement organizations favoring it over many other similar guns. As of 2017, the successor to the MP5 is also available. It was designed by Heckler & Koch in 1999 and has some slightly updated design changes.


Heckler & Koch developed the MP5 back in the ‘60s after being inspired by the success of the G3 automatic rifle. The original lineup of small arms they developed consisted of four types of guns based on the G3 model. They shared the same operating principles and layouts. Work on the MP5 model started in 1964, and in 1966, the German Federal Police adopted it, along with their special forces and border guard. It was in 1980 that the MP5 reached its now-iconic status due to its use by SAS commandos in Operation Nimrod, in which they rescued hostages and killed five terrorists when they storms London’s Iranian Embassy.


Ever since, the MP5 has been a mainstay and is still used by many United States law enforcement agencies. However, some special response teams have since supplemented their usage of the MP5 with AR-15 based rifles since the 1990s.