HK MP5

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HK MP5
Category Submachine Guns
Operating System delayed-blowback; selective-fire
Cartridge
Length 680 mm
Feeding detachable box magazine

Though the Heckler & Koch MP5 was designed in the 1960s, it is still one of the most widely deployed sub-machine guns and has been developed into a family with numerous variants. The gun features either a fixed or a sliding (telescoping) butt-stock. The original MP5 offers a choice of single shot or automatic fire, whereas later models received a burst-fire device, allowing two or three-round-bursts each time the trigger is operated. Current models remain in (licensed) production in several countries, though The China North Industries Corporation, officially abbreviated as Norinco, manufactures an unlicensed copy, the NR08.

Global distribution map

Weapon prevalence origin Country of origin licensed Licensed production unauthorized Production without a license
X
Scale dependend aggregation of production sites

The HK MP5 is found in 99 countries

This map is a reflection of data on global distribution and production provided primarily by the BwVC. It is not exhaustive. If you would like to add to or amend the data, please click here.


Global distribution list

The data on global distribution and production is provided primarily by the BwVC, but also from national and regional focal points on SALW control; data published by think tanks, international organizations and experts; and/or data provided by individual researchers on SALW. It is not exhaustive. If you would like to add to or amend the data, please click here.

Origin Country of origin
Production Licensed production
Non-Licensed Production Production without a licence
G Government: Sources indicate that this type of weapon is held by Governmental agencies.
N Non-Government: Sources indicate that this type of weapon is held by non-Governmental armed groups.
U Unspecified: Sources indicate that this type of weapon is found in the country, but do not specify whether it is held by Governmental agencies or non-Governmental armed groups.

It is entirely possible to have a combination of tags beside each country. For example, if country X is tagged with a G and a N, it means that at least one source of data identifies Governmental agencies as holders of weapon type Y, and at least one other source confirms the presence of the weapon in country X with non-Governmental armed groups.

Afghanistan (AFG)
G
Albania (ALB)
G
Argentina (ARG)
G
Australia (AUS)
G
Austria (AUT)
G
Azerbaijan (AZE)
G
Bahrain (BHR)
G
Bangladesh (BGD)
G
Belarus (BLR)
G
Belgium (BEL)
G
Brazil (BRA)
G
Bulgaria (BGR)
G
Cameroon (CMR)
G
Canada (CAN)
G
Chile (CHL)
G
China (CHN)
O
G
Colombia (COL)
G
Costa Rica (CRI)
G
Croatia (HRV)
G
G
G
Denmark (DNK)
G
G
Ecuador (ECU)
G
Egypt (EGY)
G
El Salvador (SLV)
G
Estonia (EST)
G
Finland (FIN)
G
G
France (FRA)
O
G
Georgia (GEO)
G
Germany (DEU)
O
G
Ghana (GHA)
G
Greece (GRC)
O
G
Honduras (HND)
G
Hong Kong (HKG)
G
Hungary (HUN)
G
Iceland (ISL)
G
India (IND)
G
Indonesia (IDN)
G
Iran (IRN)
O
U
Iraq (IRQ)
G
Ireland (IRL)
G
Italy (ITA)
G
Jamaica (JAM)
G
Japan (JPN)
G
Jordan (JOR)
G
Kazakhstan (KAZ)
G
Kenya (KEN)
G
Kuwait (KWT)
G
Lebanon (LBN)
G
G
Lithuania (LTU)
G
Luxembourg (LUX)
O
G
Malaysia (MYS)
G
Malta (MLT)
G
Mauritius (MUS)
G
Mexico (MEX)
O
G
Morocco (MAR)
G
Nepal (NPL)
G
Netherlands (NLD)
G
New Zealand (NZL)
G
Nicaragua (NIC)
G
Niger (NER)
G
Nigeria (NGA)
G
Norway (NOR)
G
Pakistan (PAK)
O
G
N
Peru (PER)
G
Philippines (PHL)
G
Poland (POL)
G
Portugal (PRT)
G
Qatar (QAT)
G
Romania (ROU)
G
Russia (RUS)
G
Saudi Arabia (SAU)
O
G
Serbia (SRB)
G
Singapore (SGP)
G
Slovakia (SVK)
G
Slovenia (SVN)
G
South Africa (ZAF)
G
South Korea (KOR)
G
Spain (ESP)
G
Sri Lanka (LKA)
G
Sudan (SDN)
O
G
Sweden (SWE)
G
Switzerland (CHE)
O
G
Taiwan (TWN)
G
Thailand (THA)
G
G
Turkey (TUR)
O
G
Ukraine (UKR)
G
G
O
G
G
N
Uruguay (URY)
G
Vatican City (VAT)
G
Venezuela (VEN)
G
Vietnam (VNM)
G
Zambia (ZMB)
G

Visual identification (Silhouette)