Heckler & Koch MP5-A3 and SD3 9 x 19mm sub-machine guns

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The Heckler & Koch MP5 (“maschinenpistole 5”), is a 9 x 19mm submachine gun of German design, originally developed in the 1960’s by a team of engineers from the German small arms manufacturer Heckler & Koch GmbH (H&K), several successful variants were later developed.

The MP5 is currently one of the most widely used submachine guns in the world, having been adopted by 40 nations and numerous military, law enforcement, intelligence and security organisations. It’s success has led to the development of a number of variants, the MP5K and the MP5SD amongst others.

In the 1990’s, H&K developed the Heckler & Koch UMP, the MP5’s successor, though both remain in production.

The MP5 SD (SD – Schalldampfer “sound suppressor”), features an integral suppressor and lightweight bolt. The suppressor is divided into two stages, the initial segment acts as an expansion chamber, reducing gas pressure to slow the projectile. The second, decompression stage has several compartments to increase the gas volume, deflecting the gases as they exit the muzzle so muffling the exit report. The bullet leaves the muzzle at subsonic velocity so it does not generate a sonic shock wave in flight.  The weapon was designed to be used with standard supersonic ammunition with the suppressor on at all times.

Helpful Info

Regarding dates and period correctness, the MP5 was adopted by the German Federal Police in 1966. Since then it has been exported around the world, is manufactured under license in 7 countries.

A particular favourite of Special Forces and Police Armed Response teams, it is one of the most commonly seen weapons of its type and is correct for many Western countries security forces.

The Foxtrot example shown in top and 2nd picture is the MP5A3 with telescoping stock and Maglite Torch forend.

MP5 SD was first made in 1974, it is produced by H+K in Europe and the USA and is still very much in use today.

The Foxtrot example shown in third  and bottom picture is an MP5 SD3 with sliding buttstock.

Film Set Notes

Another dependable weapon that works frequently, the MP5A3 is reliable and actor friendly, small for fast handling in enclosed spaces and the short barrel giving good flash. It can be fitted with laser pointer, torch foreend and sight options for a contemporary look.

The MP5 SD3 is excellent, if longer than the standard MP5, so not so fast handling.

The suppressor does of course muffle the sound when firing blanks, but the sound is not necessarily what one might expect.  Some time spent with the sound recordist is advisable to get a useable range of wild tracks of this weapon firing.

Also to be noted is that there is no visible flash at the muzzle when firing blanks with the SD3.