Die Hard 2’s HK MP5 on Curator’s Corner

From NRA Blog

The HK MP5 was developed in Germany during the 1960s. The model used in the movie, the MP5A3, has an effective range of approximately 600 feet with a muzzle velocity of 1,300 feet per second. Weighing just over six pounds, this particular firearm is popular with military and law enforcement units in dozens of countries include Canada, Denmark, Italy, and the United States.

But for the whole story, including whether or not the special forces unit in Die Hard 2 could actually switch between blank and live rounds, join Phil tonight at 10:40 eastern standard time on Curator’s Corner, broadcast live on NRANews.com or Sirius/XM Patriot Satellite Radio.



Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


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  • Elkroppo

    When I saw the picture I thought you were running an article on Drew Carey.

  • SpudGun

    ‘whether or not the special forces unit in Die Hard 2 could actually switch between blank and live rounds’ – I’m assuming that this about whether or not the blanks could sufficiently cycle the action.

    I’ve been told that Hollywood movie guns have their gas actions modified to cycle the much lower powered blank cartridges.

    As for Die Hard 2, whilst not a great film, it is a nice bit of pre-9/11 nostalgia, where terrorists taking over an airport and planes about to drop from the sky are treated like minor inconveniences by the authorities.

  • cc19

    I’m actually more curious about how Die Hard 2’s infamous, “plastic-Glock-that’s- undetectable-by-metal-detectors,” came to be. LoL

    Seems like any military/combat advisors weren’t taken as seriously back then as they are today in film (ie: Heat and Collateral).

    I was also saddened to see McClane’s iconic 92F replaced in the 4th sequel with something else. Then again, most people are just saddened by that 4th sequel…

  • Lance

    Darn I want Alex Guntinovs Aug-77 or McClain’s M-92.

  • Dan

    Plastic Glock? Oh, it’s worse than that. Here’s the actual quote:

    “That punk pulled a Glock 7 on me. You know what that is? It’s a porcelain gun made in Germany. Doesn’t show up on your airport X-ray machines, here, and it cost more than you make in a month.”

    They couldn’t even manage to get one single thing right in that line.

  • Michael Pham

    “They couldn’t even manage to get one single thing right in that line.”

    Quite right! XD Porcelain guns, x ray machines at the airport, a Glock made in Germany?

  • Lance

    The whole Glock17 or the infumous Glock 7 (Which never existed) debate come back in 1986-90 when Senator Ted Kennedy and Senator Mecheinbuem where trying to ban imports of Glocks saying that plastic lie. After the ATF did some Xray tests they dropped the issue and went after “evil assult rilfes”. Being from the eraly 1990s its ful of antigun lies.

  • charles222

    ……….including whether or not the special forces unit in Die Hard 2 could actually switch between blank and live rounds……

    Yeah, another reason why Die Hard 2 was a horrible movie.

  • charles222

    Also-I’m fairly certain the guns don’t have to be extensively modified to run with blanks. I know all my M4 needs is for the blank adapter to be tightly screwed down, although things like the M240B don’t function well at all with blanks unless you have a special adapter for the feed tray, due to the shorter length of 7.62mm blanks.

  • coyote

    What? That’s not Drew Carey?
    Yeah, the last Die Hard movie was silly and unbelieveable.