Heckler & Koch MP5 Identification Guide

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This page is intended as a guide to identify the various H&K manufactured MP5 variants. This list contains all firearms that could be confused for an MP5 by the average person. Some of these firearms are not true MP5's, but bear strong resemblances to them. If there is not an "MP5" in the official model name, it is not a true MP5. The preferred term for identification is highlighted in bold.

Weapon Name Forearm Trigger Grouping Stock Barrel Length/Type Magazine Type Magazine Release Image
MP5A2 Tropical, Dedicated Forend SEF, Navy Solid Fixed 8.9", 3-Lug Standard Curved Paddle H&KMP5-N.jpg
MP5A3 Tropical, Dedicated Forend SEF, Navy Extending 8.9", 3-Lug Standard Curved Paddle MP5A3 StockCollapsed.jpg
MP5A4 Tropical, Dedicated Forend Navy 3 Round Burst Solid Fixed 8.9", 3-Lug Standard Curved Paddle H&KMP5A4.jpg
MP5A5 Tropical, Dedicated Forend Navy 3 Round Burst Extending 8.9", 3-Lug Standard Curved Paddle H&KMP5A5.jpg
MP5SD1 SD Foregrip SEF, Navy Receiver Cap 5.7", Suppressed Standard Curved Paddle MP5SD1.jpg
MP5SD2 SD Foregrip SEF, Navy Solid Fixed 5.7", Suppressed Standard Curved Paddle MP5SD5.jpg
MP5SD3 SD Foregrip SEF, Navy Extending 5.7", Suppressed Standard Curved Paddle MP5SD3.jpg
MP5SD5 SD Foregrip Navy 3 Round Burst Solid Fixed 5.7", Suppressed Standard Curved Paddle H&K-MP5SD5.jpg
MP5SD6 SD Foregrip Navy 3 Round Burst Extending 5.7", Suppressed Standard Curved Paddle H&KMP5SD6.jpg
HK94A2 Tropical 0-1 Solid Fixed 16.9", Civilian Standard Curved Push-Button HK 94A3.jpg
HK94A3 Tropical 0-1 Extending 16.9", Civilian Standard Curved Push-Button HK94.jpg
MP5K MP5K Foregrip SEF End Cap 4.5", Flush Standard Curved Paddle MP5K-SEF.jpg
MP5KN MP5K Foregrip Navy End Cap 4.5", 3-Lug Standard Curved Paddle MP5K-N.jpg
MP5KA1 MP5K Foregrip SEF, Navy End Cap 4.5", Flush Standard Curved Paddle MP5KA1.jpg
MP5KA4 MP5K Foregrip Navy 3 Round Burst End Cap 4.5", Flush Standard Curved Paddle MP5KA4.jpg
MP5K-PDW MP5K Foregrip Navy Folding 5.5", 3-Lug Standard Curved Paddle MP5K-PDW.jpg
SP89 SP89 Foregrip 0-1 End Cap 4.5", Flush Standard Curved Push-Button H&KSP89.jpg
MP5/40 Tropical Navy Solid Fixed 8.9", 3-Lug Straight Paddle MP540.jpg
MP5/10 Tropical Navy 2 Round Burst Solid Fixed 8.9", 3-Lug Straight Paddle Heckler and Koch MP510.jpg

Glossary

The glossary contains some accessories that will not be found on stock MP5's, but are likely to be seen in movies or TV shows.

Contents

Barrels

3-Lug

The traditional MP5 barrel. Comes standard on all true MP5's. Identified by short length and the three lugs around the base. These lugs are used to quickly attach/detach suppressors.

MP53LugBarrel.jpg

Chopped

A shorter version of the civilian barrel. This does NOT come standard on any MP5. Instead, armorers chop the barrel down to the length of the 3-Lug to resemble an MP5. Identified by short length and lack of lugs.

MP5ChoppedBarrel.jpg

Flush

A barrel flush to the end of the weapon. These come standard on all MP5K's (aside from the MP5KN), and rarely appear on full-size MP5's. Theoretically, an armorer could chop the barrel of a full-size MP5 to make it flush, but this is unlikely.

MP5FlushBarrel.jpg

Integrally Suppressed

This barrel has an integral suppressor, which is built into the SD Forearm. This barrel comes standard on all SD variants, but there are non-suppressing SD Forearms to simulate the SD without actually suppressing the weapon.

MP5SDBarrel.jpg

Civilian

A full-length barrel compliant with federal law for civilian use. This is standard on the HK94, but some armorers chop the barrel down to simulate a true MP5.

MP5CivBarrel.jpg

Forearms

Slimline

The earliest version of the MP5 forearm which can easily be identified by its textured surface and slim profile. This forearm was used on the original production MP5A2, but can be fitted onto any MP5.

HKMP5Slimline.jpg

Tropical

The second forearm to be produced with the MP5. This is identified by its smooth polymer surface and larger profile. This is the current forearm on most MP5's.

HKMP5TropicalForearm.jpg

Vented

New U.S. Manufactured HK MP5 & HK94 vented wide handguard with The horizontal style vents.

MP5 vented handguard.jpg

Dedicated Forend

A forearm incorporating a tactical light. These are produced by many third-party companies, and can be fitted to any standard length MP5.

HKMP5DedicatedForend.jpg

RIS

This is a forearm with integrated rails. These are also manufactured by many third-party companies, and can be fitted to any standard length MP5.

HKMP5RIS.jpg

SD Forearm

This is a foregrip with an integrated suppressor (German Schalldämpfer, hence the "SD" label) used only on the MP5SD variants. There are non-suppressing replicas of these availiable for those who want an SD look without the actual suppressing function.

HKMP5SDforegrip.jpg

MP5K Vertical Grip

The vertical grip used only on MP5K's. Due to the shorter barrel of the MP5K, this can only be fitted onto a standard length MP5 with an adaptor.
HKMP5KForegrip.jpg

SP89 Forearm

This forearm comes standard with SP89's. Similar to the MP5K, but without a foregrip and an extended shroud.

HKMP5SP89Foregrip.jpg

Trigger Groups

0-1

Comes standard on all semi-auto MP5's. The 0-1 is identified by the numbering, as well as the lack of a paddle magazine release.

01MP5Group.jpg

SEF

Used on the original MP5's, and still comes standard on most. Identified by an S-E-F pattern (the initials of safe, semi-automatic, and full automatic in German), indentations around the safety lever, and finger grooves on the grip.

HKMP5 SEF.jpg

Navy

A trigger group made for the Navy, incorporating an easier switch to actuate, new grip, universal pictures to represent the firing modes, and a reversed order from the SEF.

HKMP5Navy.jpg

Navy 2 Round Burst

A Navy trigger group, with an added 2 round burst setting after semi-automatic.

HKMP5Navy2RoundBurst.jpg

Navy 3 Round Burst

Identical to the Navy 2 Round Burst, but with a 3 round burst setting instead of two.

HKMP5Navy3roundburst.jpg

Stocks

All stocks (or end caps) are compatible with every MP5 variant.

Solid Fixed

A solid, fixed, stock that is used on the A2 and A4 variants. This stock is made of polymer.

HKMP5FixedStock.jpg

Extending

An extending stock used on A3 and A5 variants. The extending stock is made of metal with a polymer buttplate.

Old version
New version

End Cap

Flat end cap featuring a sling loop, found on the compact models.

HKMP5endcap.jpg

Folding

The MP5K-PDW introduced a new folding stock. This is made of polymer, and can be fitted on any MP5.

HKMP5KPDWStock.jpg

Receiver Cap

Receiver cap (similar to the end cap) that is found on the MP5SD1 and MP5SD4.

HKMP5receivercap.jpg

UMP

The side-folding stock of the UMP can be fitted on any MP5 variant.

HKMP5umpstock.jpg

Magazine Releases

Paddle

Used on all military MP5s and nearly identical to the release on the G3 rifle and its derivatives. Pushed forward.

HKMP5PaddleMagRelease.jpg

Push-Button

Used on many semi-automatic and other caliber variants instead of a paddle release. If there is no paddle release, it is not a true MP5.

HKMP5PushbuttonMagRelease.jpg

Magazines

Waffle

The very first magazine that came with the MP5. These are identified by the indentions on the front of the magazine

HKMP5WaffleMag.jpg

Standard Curved

The standard MP5 9mm magazine.

HKMP5StandardMag.jpg

Straight

The straight polymer magazine is used on the MP5/10 and MP5/40.

HKMP5StraightMag.jpg



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