MP5 in .22lr – is it worth it?
Ah, the MP5. What a sexy gun. Having once had 4 of them pointed at me at a security checkpoint during a routine inspection, I much prefer to be on the back end of one. Unfortunately while I love the gun, I can’t afford one. My dad thought the same thing but then he came across the rimfire version and picked one up. At first look it was still a pretty gun, but I wanted to see how I’d feel after putting a couple hundred rounds through it.
The first thing you notice when picking up this rifle is that it’s not nearly as light as you’d expect — at almost 7.5lb, it is incredibly solid. And weights more than my AR. The metal receiver and other parts lend a very nice heft to the rifle; and even the plastic resin parts are very solid. No cheap plastic here! It feels exactly like you want an MP5 to feel with a good balance and sturdiness. When you pull back the charging handle, you expect it to chamber a 9mm round. This is a sweet .22.
|Capacity||10 or 25 rds|
|Mode of Fire||Semi-Auto|
|Barrel Length||16.2 in (412 mm)|
|Barrel Twist||1 in 13-3/4 in|
|Rifling Length||13.78 in (350 mm)|
|Front Sight||Interchangeable Posts|
|Rear Sight||Adjustable – Windage & Elevation|
|Overall Length||26.5–32.5 in (675-825 mm)|
|Overall Height w/Mag||10.6 in (270 mm)|
|Overall Width||2.2 in (55 mm)|
|Stock Style||Adjustable Telestock|
|Trigger Pull||6.6-8.8 lbs|
|Principal of Operation||Blowback|
|Length of Pull||6.5 – 12.375 in|
|Sight Radius||13.2 in (335 mm)|
|Diameter Rear Sight Aperture||.24 / .13 / 0.11 / 0.1 in|
|Front Sight Width||.07 in (1.8 mm)|
|Weight w/out Mag||7.45 lbs (3400 g)|
|Weight of empty Mag-25||2.5 oz (70 g)|
Let’s start with the stock. The collapsing stock only locks fully in or fully out, and has a bit of play when fully extended. It’s not bad at all, and doesn’t interfere with the functionality nor aesthetics. It fits in my shoulder real nice, and is a good length. It’s activated by a lever underneath on the back of the receiver and won’t come loose by mistake.
Moving forward, the pistol grip is pretty comfortable. It is a hard plastic material with a hollow space at the bottom. It puts your hand into a good position to keep your trigger finger on the trigger and your thumb on the selector switch. The wide trigger has some slop till you pull it back to the breaking point and then it’s a pretty crisp, though heavy, pull.
The ambidextrous selector switch locks solidly into each position but is easy to flip smoothly. It is also wide, making it easy to rest your thumb on it.
The magazine has 2 release methods – a push button on the right side, and a lever you push forward. Either works very well, but the push button feels more natural to me, but the lever makes it easy for Lefties to use as well.
Optics can be mounted using a Claw type mount and this MP5 is a lot of fun with a large red dot mounted. While the Red Dot is more fun, it does have iron sights. The read sight spins, allowing you to select the peephole size you want, which is pretty neat. Irons or Red Dot – you’ll have a blast shooting it.
We setup a target at 50m and shot about 500+ rounds of bulk ammo to run the MP5 through its paces. We had 2 Fail to Feed and that was due to not seating the magazine fully — not the gun’s fault. We tended to fire pretty fast and using the cheap red dot, so we didn’t have tight groups, but all rounds hit Minute of Man, even when doing mag dumps. The weight and balance of the MP5 really lend itself to staying on paper. It’s pretty darn accurate for what it is, but dumping 25 rounds in a few seconds, even though it’s only .22s, is way too much fun. This is a gun everyone will have fun with — but be warned, it WILL make you want a centerfire MP5!
Here’s the bad news — there aren’t too many custom parts for this Mp5, at this time. The barrel is too thin to thread for a real suppressor, which sucks as that’s the only real part I’d like to modify. There is another MP5 .22 out there, that is much more customizable, and while it is cheaper than this one, it costs more to get it to be the same gun with the stock, etc. If you want to mount a real suppressor, you need that one. If you just want a fun, inexpensive, good-looking range toy though? This one is the answer to your prayers.
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