Hey all, I've been shopping for an mp5 for quite some time, but ive never found "the one" ill share my findings. Ive owned a TM, CA, SRC, VFC, and an old galaxy PDW clone 🤡
TM, CA, ICS= I would disregard these in 2019. Selectors are terrible, grip is fat, cocking tube seam where it connects to receiver
CA(B&T) = Better than the above. moving ejection port with hopup adjustment is cool. but it shares all the problems of the older models
SRC Stamped steel= rock solid receiver, nice having an AEG that doesn't feel like it will snap in half on its sling. solves the cockingtube seam with a real (and realistic) weld.
lower is gross, fat selector switches that feel bad and mushy, faux bolt cover slammed into my hop adjustment arm and broke it...finish is rough and kinda gray, not much like any mp5s ive encountered (only a couple but yknow)
VFC(Die cast US model) = Receiver is NOT steel, cocking tube seam is present which killed it for me. The lower however is the best around, good material, as narrow as possible, selectors are stiffer and clickier. 3 round burst stutters sometimes
Systema TW5 = seems sick, but not in my budget
The Best of the bunch as far as I can tell is VFC's asia region aeg. It has a proper stamped steel upper (welded cocking tube 😍 might share with their GBBRs) and the nicest lower in the biz
The catch is that it's out of stock since like over a year ago
ICS MX5 pro= never got my hands on one, looks pretty good if I recall correctly but I think Umarex killed this one
WE apache = Looks good, apparently works good, mags are either open follower with correct curvature, or closed with exaggerated curvature 😡
That's all the info I've gathered on the subject, I'm still mp5-less. LCT's G3 looks great so fingers crossed on their mp5.
Good luck with your noble quest