Friday, 17 May 2013

Heckler & Koch MP5A3

Hello to all readers. This blog is for if I have confused you during any part of my fanfic and/or Dead Reaping.
It is also just for general information - so if there's a weapon you want me to describe then just comment and I'll do a post on it.

I do consider myself quite a bit of an expert when it comes to weapons (firearms especially) - but none of it is to do with video games. Just to point that out.

And for the first post, the Heckler & Koch MP5A3.

My favourite firearm.

So this is the gun. As you can tell, made in Germany (West, to be precise). It is a sub-machine gun, which basically means high rate of fire and plenty of power in a small package.

The name. Heckler & Koch are the manufacturer, meanwhile the MP5 stands for "machine pistol model 5". Of course, it is translated into English. So the actual German way of saying it is "Maschinenpistole 5".

The MP5 is one of the most common sub-machine gun in the world, so if you ever find yourself in a combat situation, chances are you're going to find one.
This gun has been adopted by LOADS of law enforcement agencies throughout the world, such as the SAS.

The gun was first designed between 1964 and 1966, and has been in production since 1966 until like... now. It's still in production.

Notice how I keep mentioning "MP5", whilst the post is about the "MP5A3". The "A3" is just a variation - one of over a hundred - of the same gun. As why I like the A3 version, I will talk about in a while.

So, the general details of the gun. It's a 9mm sub-machine gun, meaning it fires 9x19mm Parabellum rounds (the most popular type of bullet with handguns).

The MP5A3 weighs about 3.1kg, one of the heaviest of the MP5 models. But still, 3.1kg isn't very heavy so it's a very mobile gun. Much more mobile than a rifle or a machine gun.
It fires 800 rounds per minute and spits bullets out at about 400m/s.
The MP5A3 is a close-quarters weapon. It has an effective range of about 200m, but its general accuracy will be reduced when firing in full automatic due to the recoil etc.

And how to load it? It can take a 15, 30 or 32 round detachable magazine (32 is preferable, though it increases the weight slightly).

So now why I like the MP5A3 more than the MP5. The MP5A3 has an retractable metal stock. This means you can fire it a lot more accurately than more compact versions of the gun, but of course, being retractable, you can make it more compact. This makes the gun more versatile in many combat situations.

The gun is famous (yes, famous) for being a counter-terrorist weapon. It is perfect for close combat and isn't too bad at shooting up to its effective range either.

You may or may not have seen this gun before. It's been in a Die Hard film, a few James Bond films, Transporter 2 and many others. It has even featured in CSI and Doctor Who.

Also, lots of video games. Including: Battlefield 2, Call of Duty 4, Grand Theft Auto Vice City and San Andreas, Shadow The Hedgehog and Far Cry 3.

So yeah, that is my favourite firearm.


  1. Ha, I think I recognise it from Shadow the Hedgehog, actually - Cool. :P
    I don't really take a lot of interest in firearms, but this is still nicely explained and informative. :) ^^