Articles, Blog


Often, weapons become associated with the
forces that wield them: their role and alignment help shape their identity. Lawful good through and through – this is
a gun for the good guys: The MP5. So, how did it earn its heroic status? What makes it a perfect fit for a counter-terror
role? And what’s the deal with the slap? The MP5 is a German weapon, manufactured by
Heckler & Koch. H&K were founded in 1949, directly in the
wake of World War 2. The company took its name from two of its
three co-founders: all of whom were former Mauser engineers: Alex Seidel, Edmund Heckler
and Theodor Koch. At first, they manufactured machine tools
and precision metal parts – but in 1956 the West German government put out a tender for
a new rifle for the Bundeswehr. H&K put forward the G3 design, based on a
rifle designed by former Mauser engineers at CETME, a Spanish technical institute. Their bid proved successful, and H&K developed
a number of G3-derived designs to fit different roles – with the MP5 amongst them. Originally known as the HK54, work began on
the new SMG in 1964. It fires the 9×19mm Parabellum round, the
standard NATO pistol calibre. Original magazines were straight, but a slight
revision in 1977 gave the weapon its distinctive and slightly curved 30-round mag. Like its parent G3 design, the MP5 has a roller-delayed
blowback mechanism – a simplistic but effective enough action that has roots in German prototypes
made near the end of the war. There are quite a few MP5 variants available:
from the original HK54, also known as the MP5A1; the fixed stock MP5A2 and A4; retractable
stock MP5A3; and sliding stock MP5A5. The MP5K – or Kurz – is a shortened variant,
pared down into the smallest package possible: The MP5SD variants boast an integral suppressor,
for covert use; and there are larger-calibre variants too: such as the MP5/10, which fires
powerful 10mm Auto rounds; and the MP5/40, which fires .40 Smith & Wesson. A flexible and configurable weapon, then – and
one that has found favour with a large number of police and special forces units. In 1980, one event in particular secured the
MP5’s iconic status: a siege on the Iranian Embassy in London. 6 terrorists, 26 hostages, a densely-populated
urban location and a live television feed: it was a very tense situation with an awful
lot on the line. On the sixth day of the siege, a hostage was
killed. This prompted immediate action by the British Special Air Service – under the
codename Operation Nimrod. 17 minutes after their first breach, 5 terrorists
were killed, the final captured – and all remaining hostages were rescued. The mission’s success reinforced the SAS’s
reputation as a deady special operations force: and these events served as the perfect advertisement
for the SMG they used. Its proven track record, and suitability for
the close-range fighting typical of urban terror operations, make it a fitting choice
for any counter-terror role – and a must-have inclusion for any games that depict such forces. The SAS’ legendary live-fire exercises in
the Killing House are depicted in the tutorial of Call of Duty 4: in which you drill the
following mission’s plan with plywood simulacrum. The MP5’s presence here is true-to-life, and
the game shows a recreation of the real training exercises that the SAS would have undertaken
in preparation for the embassy siege. The MP5 sees prime placement in the armouries
of tactical shooters, then: and it’s a flagship weapon of the Rainbow Six series. When it comes to tackling a terrorist threat,
there’s nothing better for the task. One quirk that crops up during the MP5’s reload
is the infamous ‘HK slap’: an open-handed tap on the cocking lever after inserting a
fresh magazine, sending the bolt forward and chambering a round. It might seem reckless to smack your weapon,
but it’s actually recommended procedure: a softer approach might not drive the bolt home
properly. Besides, the MP5 is a working weapon – and
one that can withstand a little rough-housing. The ‘slap’ isn’t unique to the MP5 – but it’s
a cool move that has helped to bolster its iconic identity through fiction as well as
fact. Its distinctive on-screen presence and association
with heroic action makes it a prominent choice in cinema. The weapon has turned up in hundreds of films
– normally seen in the hands of the good guys, but sometimes revealing a more impetuous side. With notable appearances in Die Hard 2 and
The Matrix, the weapon appears outside its counter-terror role in games inspired by classic
action movies. Games like Max Payne and Modern Warfare 2
indulge a more brash side of the SMG: far from the tightly controlled discipline of
well-trained special forces, the MP5 can also employ spray and pray tactics. It might waste ammunition, but it looks good
on screen – and more empty mags mean more stylish reloads, complete with the slap. Today, there are a number of more modern SMGs
and personal defence weapons vying to replace the fifty-year-old MP5 design. H&K themselves even offer two alternatives:
the more modern and larger-calibre UMP-45, and the armour-piercing power of the diminutive
MP7: but the classic 9mm SMG still reigns supreme: well-loved by those who wield it,
and with ubiquitous use by police forces worldwide. A legendary submachine gun that earned its
reputation through a baptism by fire. Always cool under crisis, its the perfect
counter-terror weapon: The MP5. Confident. Force for order. Terrorist’s bane. Thank you very much for watching – Iconic
Arms will return: and until next time, farewell.

100 thoughts on “MP5.

  1. I think it's pretty neat how for the longest time, H&K weapons still had physical resemblance and similar operation to the one that started it all- the STG44/MP-43

  2. Wait just a damn second, the MP5 was used in Die Hard, no need to skip to the sequel. And while I’m talking about it, it is a Christmas movie

  3. "when it comes to a terrorist threat, theres nothing better for the task."
    proceeds to shoot and kill counter terrorists

  4. I think the pinnacle of smgs was the mp5 for its durability and utility while the p90 seems the most effective for recoil and accuracy

  5. You should use short film clips or news clips (in this case) to illustrate the stories and facts you explain. Copyright claims are harsher than they ever were, but movie clips and other footage is rarely flagged, and if it's not more than a dozen seconds long, it never gets flagged. Music is another story, but fair use covers films and historical footage pretty well.

  6. So the D5K Deutsche in Goldeneye on the N64 is an MP5K. Interesting.
    It also seems that the CMP150 in Perfect Dark is a combination of the MP5K and an Uzi, since it has the same foregrip-type thing at the front but also has a magazine that is inserted into the main grip.

  7. I’m kind sad there’s no Rainbow six: siege gameplay of it, but I’m sure it must be a copyright issue of some sort

  8. I was super excited to have the MP5 as a starting weapon in Ghost Recon Wildlands, then sad when I discovered Nomad doesn't do the slap.

  9. I think it's important to mention the actual handling of the weapon and why it's so revered after so many decades, most prominently being its solid accuracy.

  10. I saw german police forces in munich using the MP5 while dealing with a killing spree in 2016. Very quick and professional handling of the situation and this with a weapon for professionals (MP5). The city was locked down in minutes back in the day. The police gave me a feeling of savety while dealing with the threat. Thanks to the men and woman who put their life on line in the police forces to protect us.

  11. Good Guys? Its on the Logo of the infamous terror organisation, Red Army Fraction RAF, which killed in the 70s 80s and 90s represents of the state and economy in West Germany.

  12. So video and information are great, only the sounds in the background (called music il guess XD) was loud and a little bit anoying…

  13. one thing did not get mentioned:
    the german left wing terrorist group called rote armeefraktion (red army faction) used the mp5 as part of their logo

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *