Zenith Z-5P Pistol

z-5P pistol

Zenith Quest Corporation is set to release the Z-5P pistol in the US market.

Zenith attended the 2014 SHOT Show and displayed a number of products that the company was considering for import into the US. It would appear that the Z-5P is one of the first that will be sold.

The pistol appears very similar to a HK MP5. The guns are chambered for the 9mm cartridge and use a semi-automatic roller-lock delayed blowback operation. While Zenith does not state any compatibility with the HK, the guns are made by Turkish manufacturer MKE. MKE makes MP5 submachine gun clones.

The front sight is a protected post, while the rear is a rotating drum. Magazines are steel and hold 30-rounds.

The Z-5P has a barrel length of 5.8″ and an overall length of 13.7″. The barrel is threaded (1/2×28) for the addition of a suppressor or other muzzle device. Total weight (unloaded) of the gun is 4.6 pounds.

All it needs now is a SIG arm brace.

This gun should be shown at the 2015 SHOT Show in January.



Richard Johnson

An advocate of gun proliferation zones, Richard is a long time shooter, former cop and internet entrepreneur. Among the many places he calls home is http://www.gunsholstersandgear.com/.


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  • Nicks87

    And the MSRP on this bad boy would be…

  • KestrelBike

    One could hope/assume that it’s compatible with HK magazines.

  • RealitiCzech

    Hey, I for one LIKE the old MP5k design… just not the price associated with it. Maybe PTR industries will one day build MP5 clones…
    Until then, I expect I’ll get a Scorpion.

    • JumpIf NotZero

      Biggest mistake that company could have made over the last 6 years was not kicking out MP5 clones! They literally have everything there to do it. Even if they just shipped completed uppers. So foolish.

      • billyoblivion

        What should they have stopped doing to make the MP5s?

        And do they have access to the tooling for them like they do the rest of the line?

  • Matt L.

    Not that I disagree that the EVO is a better design, for all intents and purposes… but I think you underestimate the power of nostalgia.

    I mean, let’s face it, MP5s are iconic (John McClain-tested, Tom Clancy-approved!) and just cool as hell, and now– thanks to the Sig brace– you can get a proper-length model with a “stock” and no extra paperwork.

    • FourString

      “John McClain-tested, Tom Clancy-approved!”

      Best way of putting it.

    • I agree, as a civilian who intends to use guns for sporting/recreation, the iconic status of the mp5 is a very important factor when determining what gun to buy. If the mp5 could be cheap enough I would gladly buy it

      • Joel Blayney

        Especially if the option to install an mp5 stock is available for those willing to register it as an SBR

    • Jeff Smith

      Totally agree with you on this one. Not every gun purchase is about practicality. I’d jump at the chance to own an MP5 clone.

    • Tim U

      I know the John McClain connection makes an mp5 really tempting, but I can’t justify it at the price of 2 Scorpions. The mp5s win in nostalgia, but it’s not $1600-2k nostalgia.

  • Phil Hsueh

    For K model style MP5 I’d forget the brace and just do it SAS style using a sling and pushing the gun forward, it just seems more natural to me for something that small.

    • whskee

      People forget the K model was designed without a stock on purpose…

  • Andrew

    These would’ve been cool 20 years ago.

    But with the Sig MPX and CZ Evo 3 hitting shelves first thing next year, they’re a day late and a dollar short.

    • Grindstone50k

      Yeah, remember when 1911s were cool? Such a fad.

  • Hopefully this will cost less than the clones that are currently coming out of the Pakistan Ordinance Factory (POF)

    • Patrick Mingle

      I am hopeful as well, but isn’t a substantial amount of the MSRP attributed to the importation process?

      • floppyscience

        No, it’s attributed to there being few competitors.

        If it were because of importation, the CZ Scorpion EVO wouldn’t have an MSRP of $850.

    • kalashnikev

      It will probably be more. Quality is higher and the bolt face is the newer scalloped design.

    • hydepark

      I am more concerned about quality. Low price means nothing if the quality isn’t FAR above the POF’s fit and finish.

  • Grindstone50k

    “CZ is going to absolutely face smash all the competition”

    Fanboy much?

    Face it, anything MP5-related is going to sell simply on rep alone.

  • FourString

    Why not buy both. Let’s all be capitalists and enjoy the competition / options!

  • kalashnikev

    Another article from someone who doesn’t know anything about guns. It’s an MP5 PDW type, not MP5. MKE is not a clone, it is licensed production. The SIG brace is cornball. Will they bring in an MP5K type? What is the MSRP?

  • andrey kireev

    Seems like so many companies are jumping on subgun / pistol train these days….

    • billyoblivion

      AR market is getting saturated. Gotta convince you you need something else.

  • echelon

    Sig brace + fair price + cheap magazines = potential buy. Anything short of that and it’s a total “meh” for me.

    If I want to splurge I’d definitely get a more modern Sig MPX, if I want to be thrifty then the CZ Evo is the way to go…

  • hami

    The roller lock guns are one of the few still hand-made. Stamped, folded, welded, barrel pressed…

    This, in my opinion, is why the HK styles continue to be popular.

  • Adam aka eddie d.

    Turkish MP5s are nothing to frown about, that’s for sure.

    They’ve been manufacturing guns on HK licensed tooling for a long time now.
    There are a bazillion versions of it in their factory catalogue,
    with different lowers, stocks, selfloading semi, burst groups, everything.

    They even have their self designed (to the best of my knowledge)
    polymer 30 rd. magazines.
    They’re semi see-through like some Swiss SIG and German HK mags for other platforms.
    I’d be very interested in seeing the quality of those mags.

    The Turkish can make some great guns for excellent prices.

  • Joel Blayney

    the only MSRP information i was able to find was $650 I doubt the number is accurate, but it is somewhat promising.