The MP5 is one of the most popular and widely used submachine guns in the world – including with the U.S. military.
U.S. Navy SEALS
The U.S. military uses MP5 machine guns with its Special Operations Forces and the elite U.S. Navy SEALS. The MP5 is also widely used among police SWAT teams and by F.B.I. Hostage Rescue Teams. The MP5 is also used by militaries and police forces around the world, including Australia, Canada, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Ireland, Germany and Hong Kong. The MP5 has remained in continuous production since it was first introduced in the mid-1960s.
The MP5 was developed by the German arms manufacturer Heckler & Koch GmbH. It was created to be an effective and deadly small arms weapon for the German military and police forces. The MP5 began development in 1964, and two years later it was accepted as the primary weapon of the German Special Forces and the German Federal Police. It is also used by border guards in Germany.
Heckler & Koch UMP
There have been several variants of the MP5 developed over the years. In the 1990s, Heckler & Koch introduced the "UMP," which was meant to be a replacement for the MP5. However, the MP5 still remains in production and widely used across the globe. Soldiers and police officers like the weapon’s compact size and deadly accuracy. Praise has also been heaped on the weapon for its light weight and sighting arrangements. There are civilian versions of the MP5 available, although they are banned in some places along with other automatic weapons.