First Look: Heckler & Koch SP5

First Look: Heckler & Koch SP5

Heckler Koch SP5 1

With the same look and feel as the Heckler & Koch MP5, the SP5 is made to mirror the legend.

How The HK SP5 Mimicks The Iconic MP5:

  • 8.86-inch Navy type barrel
  • Threaded tri-lug adaptor
  • Paddle magazine release
  • Fluted chamber and chrome-lined bore
  • Roller-delayed blowback operated

Well, here's a little something to stuff a stocking. Dubbed the SP5, the semi-automatic is close as you'll get to Heckler & Koch's legendary MP5–short of getting on Secret Service detail. Look, feel, the whole shebang, except full-auto. You can't have everything.

Still, you get pretty dang close, with the 9mm SP5 boasting an 8.86-inch Navy type barrel with threaded tri-lug adaptor, paddle magazine release, fluted chamber and chrome-lined bore. And, of course, it’s roller-delayed blowback operated, which is a staple of Heckler & Koch. Also, it’s a boon in the semi-auto version, given it should help guarantee the accuracy of the pistol, not to mention make it more pleasurable to shoot. Adding a bit more authenticity, the pistol also rolls off the same line as the MP5 in HK's Oberndorf factory in southwest Germany. This should reflect in the SP5’s quality, given the same workforce that produces its full-automatic cousin are the folks putting together the civilian variant.

Heckler Koch SP5

As far as the gun’s specs, it’s 17.8 inches in length, weighs 5.1-pounds and is 2.48-inches in width. It’s outfitted with a rear sling ring, for the use of elastic style slings and, not quite true to form, has rear notch sight drum (the MP5 uses an aperture). Additionally, the rear cap is replaceable with a brace or stock, if you’re up for paying to make it an NFA short-barreled rifle.

The drawback of procuring a fairly authentic civilian rendition of the MP5 is Heckler & Koch isn’t exactly giving it away. The company lists the MSRP at $2,799. Furthermore, HK isn’t turning them out continuously, stating it’s limited to due to other projects.

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Columbus, Georgia — Heckler & Koch is proud to announce the US availability of the HK SP5, the only authentic sporting version of the legendary MP5 submachine gun available.

The SP5 was developed by HK as a semiautomatic, civilian sporting pistol that matches the look and feel of the legendary MP5 submachine gun.

“Our whole team is very proud and very excited to finally bring the SP5 to the US,” HK-USA COO/CSO Mike Holley said. “The MP5 isn’t just a customer favorite, it’s an HK employee favorite too. So, we are just thrilled to roll out the most authentic semiautomatic-only version of it we’ve seen in the US.”

Designed and manufactured to meet the definition of a civilian pistol, the SP5 is loaded with authentic features, like a Navy barrel with threaded tri-lug adaptor, paddle magazine release, fluted chamber and chrome-lined bore.

Heckler Koch SP5 2

The backbone of the SP5 is the roller-delayed blowback operating system, which is legendary for its accuracy, reliability, and smooth shooting dynamic. Originally perfected on the Heckler & Koch G3 rifle, it has been used on several other HK firearms still serving today around the world.

The SP5 is manufactured in Heckler & Koch’s Oberndorf factory in southwest Germany. It retains many of the critical elements of the MP5, including its precision-machined components and attention to detail. This high level of quality and workmanship is a result of making the SP5 in the same factory, on the same lines, and by the same workforce that has been making MP5s for years.

A wide variety of accessories can be added to increase its functionality. As the world’s most popular pistol-caliber carbine platform, the MP5 and SP5 are supported by an aftermarket loaded with lots of great accessories.

The SP5 is shipping now. MSRP is $2,799.

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Elwood Shelton is the Digital Editor for Gun Digest. He lives in Colorado and has provided coverage on a vast spectrum of topics for GD for more than a decade. Before that, he was an award-winning sports and outdoors reporter for a number of newspapers across the Rocky Mountains. His experience has consisted of covering the spread of chronic wasting disease into the Western Slope of Colorado to the state’s ranching for wildlife programs. His passion for shooting began at a young age, fostered on pheasant hunts with his father. Since then, he has become an accomplished handloader, long-range shooter and avid hunter—particularly mule deer and any low-down, dirty varmint that comes into his crosshairs. He is a regular contributor to Gun Digest Magazine and has contributed to various books on guns and shooting, most recently Lever-Actions: A Tribute to the All-American Rifle.


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