MP5K Review

 


images and review by

Arnie
(includes
stills from ‘DieHard2/3’ and ‘The Matrix’)

 

TM HKG3SG1

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Stock
Specifications
FPS
280-310fps
(stock fps may vary)
Length: 325mm
Weight: 1.5kg

Ammo capacity:

 

28/50 rounds
(standard mag)

200/240 rounds
(hi-cap mag)

MP5K
review 1 | MP5k review 2 | MP5k
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Why buy it?
If you don’t
like gas blow-back pistols and the inherent problems that come with a
gas system, then how about this? Slightly larger than either an
M11 or an UZI, but with the ability to fire about 1500-2000 rounds off
a standard stick battery, and ammo clip capacities of 200-400 rounds.

This is what the MP5k
brings you – it’s the smallest AEG that I have seen and used, apart from
that rather ‘naff’ electric AA powered Beretta M9 that came
out fairly recently.

The muzzle velocity
of the MP5k is that of a stock AEG, so you can expect to get 280-310fps
from it. Admittedly it doesn’t have an incredibly long inner barrel (it’s
only about three inches long), but amazingly this doesn’t seem to matter
in the slightest.

MP5k
shown against a Glock 17 for size comparison

You
were firing THAT at me?
Personally
I use the MP5k as a secondary AEG, or as a sniper backup. It’s nice to chat
to people on the opposition who have tried to get close to you when you’ve
been sniping, only to find you dropping your single shot rifle pulling a
strange looking black pistol off your back, and then returning fire at an
equal or better rate than their AEG. It certainly serves it’s purpose as
a sniper backup, but it comes into it’s own when you want to lay down suppressing
fire (for short periods). I could be found fairly recently, wandering around
Sopley’s urban site, with my SG1 in one hand, and the MP5k in the other,
quite simply the MP5k allows you to double your rate of fire, and provide
twice the covering fire.

Um..
no, the small one is the Glock. The MP5k is in the other hand

The
MP5k stripped, with battery, mag and foregrip removed

Build
Quality:
Metal parts include the
magazine, bolt, trigger, firing selector, front and the rear sights, the
rest as usual with TM guns, is made from tough ABS. Compared to the likes
of the G3, and the SIG5XX, the MP5 wins on appearance, as it looks good,
has a good weight, and there’s no ‘plastic creak’, (which is one of my
pet AEG hates, that really annoy me).

The battery runs along
the top of the reciever; to replace it is a very simple process, there
are 3 pins through the MP5k, that need to be removed. Two pins hold the
back-plate on, and one holds the foregrip on. With the foregrip removed
you can clearly see the battery connector, that when unplugged allows
the battery to fall out the back of the rifle.

To get to the gearbox
for upgrades is a different story.. which I’ll cover in a later article
if we ever do it (I doubt it, but I may if something breaks inside), but
suffice to say that as the MP5 has a one piece receiver and pistol grip,
everything needs to be dismantled. It’s not amazingly difficult, but it
sure is more taxing that taking my SG1 to bits.

On the side of the
receiver, above the trigger, is the fire select switch. Unfortunately
this is made of ABS not steel, this isn’t a great problem though, as unlike
the G3 fire-select lever it doesn’t feel like it’s going got break off
the second you touch it.

The fire select system
on the TM MP5k is actually that of the MP5kA1, as it lacks the tripple-shot
‘burst’ option. My guess is that TM didn’t add this feature because of
space and price concern. It really would have been incredibly fiddley
to fit to and AEG of this size anyway, plus it’s just another thing to
go wrong or break in the field. One nice feature of the MP5 series, is
that the fire-select switch is ambidextrous, with a lever on both sides
of the receiver. This allows it to be used in the left hand as a secondary
firearm with ease.

The
MP5k may be shall, but it packs a real punch – Look at that muzzle flash!

You
should recognise Robert
Patrick
who plays the ‘henchman’ here, his most famous acting part
was as T1000 in “Terminator 2”

Samuel
L Jackson, shows how to NOT hold the MP5k. Firing the real MP5k like this
will lead to feed jams

Mags:
Unlike most AEG’s (which normally only have a standard mag, a hi-cap)
– there’s a wealth of mags for this weapon, you can get standard mags
in 2 different length sizes (28 and 50 rounds)

As for hi-caps, the
standard long mag hi-cap, carries 200 rounds, but you can get 3rd party
copies that look like double stack mags, that carry 240 rounds or more.
For those of you who want to look really silly you can get a, 1000
round or so, C-mag. Personally, I think that 2×200 round hi-caps is more
than enough, for what is essentially a pistol.

One thing worth remembering
about the TM hi-caps is that the clockwork winder on the bottom of the
mag, winds in the opposite direction to the mags on most other TokyoMarui
AEGs (G3, M16, etc) – You have to push it towards the firing end of the
smg, to wind it up.

“Please
tell me, how turn the safety off, and fire this.. or I shall taunt you
a second time…”

The left image shows
the clockwork winder on the bottom of the hi-cap mag. The other image,
shows the aperture that you have to load bb’s through – In the picture
I’ve raised the cover.(Note the small size of the hole).

It’s very difficult
to get bb’s into this hi-cap without pouring them all over the floor –
I can normally just pour a bag of bb’s into my G3 hi-caps without a problem.
For this reason I’d recommend either becoming very dextrous, or buying
a funnel, or a bb filler.

Upgrade Details
As with
all MP5 variants, there’s a load of accessories you can get for this SMG,
these include silencers, fore grips, custom mags, and much more. But –
the main reason for the MP5k, is that it’s small light and easy to carry,
so adding any of these really detracts from it’s primary advantage.

Being a Tokyo
Marui AEG though, there’s a wealth of internal upgrades that can be fitted,
courtesy of Systema. Given that you are stuck with an AK stick battery,
any power upgrade will reduce the number of shots that can be fired off
a fresh charge. You could use an external battery bag to carry
a larger capacity battery, but I think they just look ugly. Another option
I have seen, is a double clip mag, where the 2nd clip is a dummy, and
contains a larger battery. This though, has disadvantages, as the weight
of the battery puts
additional
wear and tear on the mag release catch; and
it also unbalances the gun.

“Are
you carrying any metal objects on your person Sir ? – Such as 2 MP5k’s
?”

Accessories
(no I haven’t sold my soul to RedWolf.. I’m just giving credit
where it’s due)

The one accessory
that I would recommend getting is the shoulder holster sling. The images
to the right are courtesy RedWolf
airsoft, and depict exactly what you get from them.

You can normally find
these types of slings being used by most of the ‘evil’ henchmen
in the major Hollywood films and blockbusters (‘DieHard’ and ‘Lethal Weapon’
come to mind).

I’ll quote directly
from their site, as I haven’t got one here to look at (yet), and I don’t
think RedWolf will mind me putting a little advertising their way

“Fully
adjustable shoulder mounted sling strap for concealed carry of the
MP5K or similar compact machine guns (works perfectly for the TMP
as well!). Constructed in black nylon, this sling is fully size adjustable
and comes with a quick release mechanism so you may release the MP5K
from the sling for higher degree of movement. When not in use, a strap
keeps the MP5K in place – smack against your body. On the other side,
two magazine pouches allow for quick reloads. Entire harness can be
attached firmly to the wearer. Lower part of harness fastens to your
belt to keep things nice and snug …”

 

You can get the sling
from RedWolf
for $60 , or (a better version) from EagleIndustries
for about $80.

Issues
(good and bad points)

Backsight unscrewing
itself and falling off
– as with most AEG’s you need to keep an eye on the
nuts and screws, and keep them tight, otherwise parts and screws fall off. On
the MP5 I have heard that people have lost backsights in mud after they have
unscrewed themselves and fallen off. Your best bet is to use ‘Lock-Tite’ on
all screws that are likely to fall out.

Hi-cap winds the wrong
way
– not a great problem, just something that feels wrong – like driving
on the right hand side of the road (in Europe!)

Hi-cap mags are difficult
to fill
– again, not a major issue, as the mags are the size they are for
a reason, just don’t expect to be filling them on the run.

Ambidextrous use
– One real advantage of the MP5’s is that fireselect switch being on both sides,
allowing both left and right handed use.

Conclusion

Appearance

3/5
-it ain’t that pretty, but it’s very functional

Build
Quality

5/5

Performance

4/5
-very impressive for it’s size

Value
for Money

5/5
-you can get it from HongKong for about £110

Overall
Potential

5/5

As an alternative
to my M93r it’s lovely, and for something to sling over your shoulder
as a backup I can’t think of anything better. This combined with the fact
that it’s electric, means that it’s very reliable, even in cold weather.

 

External
MP5k Links

Ilendil’s
Airsoft Page
– technical information about the TM AEG

HK
Pro MP5k page
– a site for for the uncompromising Heckler & Koch enthusiast

Airsoft
Players
– they have the MP5k technical manual online

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last modified on
Friday, October 4, 2002 6:44 PM

copyright
2001 ArniesAirsoft

Matrix
Images copyright WarnerBros

DieHard 2
/ 3images are
copyright 20th Century Fox




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