Knob Creek ’13- Suitcase machine gun: MP5K


Pictured here is a full-auto MP5K in 9mm. Obviously this isn’t any normal configuration. It’s in a suitcase made by Hofbauer in Germany and is valued around $2,000. Contrary to some info out there, the suitcase by itself is not an AOW, according to my contact at the NFA-TCA, a firearms trade group.

The suitcase has a spring-loaded safety that must be engaged before pulling the trigger in the suitcase handle. The rounds eject inside the suitcase so there are no shells left behind.

Apparently the suitcase is difficult to shoot if you are holding it like a normal briefcase, and you could easily shoot yourself in the leg without proper training. A more secure way is to hold the suitcase on your waist with the muzzle end pointing away from you. This way, your waist absorbs the recoil and gives you more control.




Chris Cheng

Chris Cheng is History Channel’s Top Shot Season 4 champion and author of “Shoot to Win,” a book for beginning shooters. A self-taught amateur turned pro through his Top Shot win, Cheng very much still considers himself an amateur who parachuted into this new career.

He is a professional marksman for Bass Pro Shops who shares his thoughts and experiences from the perspective of a newbie to the shooting community. He resides in San Francisco, CA and works in Silicon Valley.


  • Anthony Daniel Hodges

    I’m heading down to the grand ole MG shoot tomorrow. Hope this is still there to be checked out.

  • Timmeehh

    I saw this more than 30 years ago.

    • Andrey Martim

      Old but gold.

    • Anonymoose

      And I still want one. :3c

  • Here’s a video of it in action.

    • wetcorps

      The only thing I could think off when he fired it was this:

  • Andrey Martim

    Sounds like a “practical” PP90 or Ares FMG, after all, it still is a MP5.

  • Alex C.

    These are super fun.

  • kevinp2

    The visible trigger in the handle seems to be a dead giveaway.

  • bbmg

    The briefcase gun from the first Ghost in the Shell movie seems just as concealable and once the excrement collides with the ventilator, a lot more practical in action:

    • 1leg

      Which actually looks like its either a Mac-10 or a Steyr TMP with a fixed carry handle but the handle doesn’t function like a grip w/ trigger like this mp5k does

      But, it does make for a great idea 🙂

      oh and i love GITS. They portray weapons in a pretty realistic way.. for an anime.

  • 朝花夕拾

    How are you supposed to aim with that stuff?

    Given the choice, I’d go for the Glock 18 over this.

    • BryanS

      Im thinking the idea is suppressive fire.

      The G18 is interesting, but runs way to fast for any application. At least that was the one that I fired. The suitcase could be learned to be used effectively much faster.

      • gunslinger

        don’t you mena the glock 7?

    • Ripley

      Try the Magpul FMG9 [prototype] for Glock 18

  • phuzz

    “Contrary to some info out there, the suitcase by itself is not an AOW”
    What’s an AOW?

    • gunslinger

      Any other weapon. not a rifle, handgun, shotgun, short barreled shotgun, short barreled rifle. The ATF has definitions of firearms and they fall into those categories, based upon the makeup of components of the firearm. an AOW is for a group of weapons that do not fit into the other “prefefined” weapons categories.