New rifle from MKE. MPT-76 in 7,62×51 NATO and the MP5 clones at IWA

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MKE – Makina ve Kimya Endüstrisi Kurumu – from Ankara in Turkey has roots going back to the 15:th century.

Turkey has a massive army, the Armed Forces number more than 600.000 active people.

MKE is one of the main suppliers to the Turkish Armed Forces, but for civilians they are more likely known for their clones of various Heckler & Koch MP5 and G3 semi-automatic rifles.

For the first time I had a look at their MPT-76 rifle. MPT stands for (in Turkish: Milli Piyade Tüfeği), or National Infantry Rifle. TFB reported about it back in 2014, but here it is in the flesh.

The MPT-76 is 7,62×51 caliber and produced by MKE, and serial production started as late as 2015. The design is made by MKEK & Kalekalip together, with the goal to replace the Heckler & Koch G3.

The rifle on display was semi-automatic. I presume the military version has full automatic capability from a 20 round magazine.

At first, the rifle was built as a 5,56×45 NATO but due to negative feedback they continued with 7,62×51 NATO.

Turkey plans to build around 500.000 MPT-76 for their Armed Forces. To be honest I hope they throw in a similar amount of red dot sights, like Aimpoint, instead of the current iron sights, that would do magic for their training.

As a contrast, the Swedish Home Guard have chosen to upgrade, rather than replace, their H&K G3s (AK4) with parts from Spuhr, more on this here.

To me the MPT-76 looks very AR-10 like, but I am unsure how many parts are compatible (if any). Comments on this would be appreciated.

MKE MPT-76 – Note the plastic grip to give the shooter a better grip at an angle.

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Two versions of the MKE MPT-76.

 

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Version with bipod attached. The bipod looks similar to the one made by FAB Defense.

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The inscription says: “MKE MPT-76 T0624-16 TR FUAR 002”

 

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Below: Now over to pictures of more familiar weapons, the T-94 A3 Semi-Auto Rifle, or pistol depending on where you live. 9×19 or 9×21 mm.

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MKE T-94K pistol in 9×19 mm.

In my opinion these clones are high quality, I have tried a few MKEs both MP5 rifles and pistols and their G3 version.

However, since Heckler & Koch have released their own line of products for civilians at IWA 2016 with firearms like the SP5k I’d go for the real thing.

More on the H&K MP5s for civilians in this TFB Exclusive.

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MKE T-94K pistol in 9×19 or 9×21 mm, with Suppressor. The text on the Suppressor says “For Civilian Use Only“.

 

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T94 SD Semi-automatic pistol in 9×19 or 9×21 mm.

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MKE T-94 A2 with long barrel collapsible stock.

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Some of the ammunition produced by MKE. 9×19 mm up to 20 mm.

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The MKE line-up, excluding the MKT MPT-76.

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Eric B

Ex-Arctic Ranger. Competitive practical shooter and hunter with an European focus. Always ready to increase my collection of modern semi-automatic firearms, optics and sound suppressors.


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  • Pete M

    Pure awesomeness. Thanks Erik.

  • Henrik Bergdahl

    The suppressor on that MKE T-94K is the Ase Utra SL6 SMG. I have one for my MKE T94 A2. Works very well.

  • Reef Blastbody

    MAC did a video last year touring the MKE factory and shot the select fire MPT-76. It looks like it borrows heavily from the HK417 in the gas system.

    The fact that they were showcasing semi-auto only versions is good, as they may be tooling up for civilian sales, and the US, as probably the single largest market world wide for civilian firearms sales, would be top on the list of markets to cater to.

    • Wetcoaster

      Wouldn’t they run into import trouble over non sporting features or some such? This may be more for the benefit of the Euro civilian market

      • Anonymoose

        I see no bayonet lug, and I’m pretty sure Obama likes Turkey enough not to put up an arms embargo against them.

        • Wetcoaster

          We’re not talking about an AWB, but the 1968 GCA

    • Mr. FN

      Is there something I’m missing? Is there some unspoken rule that we can’t say that this gun is literally an HK417 clone with some changes? The stock is the same, the upper is (save the scar front sight and carry handle) basically the same, mags are damn near identical. The lower has been fiddled with in terms of looks but everything is still in the same place.
      I feel like I’m taking crazy pills.

  • politicsbyothermeans

    It looks like MKEK forgot to design the carry handle and realized the only person they had left to do a rush job was a second week ME intern.

    • derpmaster

      It’s a wonder why they even bothered. It’s a useless dead weight feature.

  • HKmaster

    I wonder if the MPT76 uses the same magazine as the HK417/MR762. Heres to hoping for cheaper mags!

  • Aono

    Why is the T94 SD labeled as a pistol? I guess they’re not defining them around US ATF terms. When will THAT be imported?

    • Steve Truffer

      Somewhere between “never” and “not gonna happen”, unless they go sans stock.

      • Aono

        Even if they went without a stock is it even possible to import NFA items? The lack of euro silencers on the market here tells me.. no.

        • Steve Truffer

          Nonported barrel.
          And you could… it’d involve being purchased by police first ( to get it imported), then a very pro 2a CLEO to authorize surplussing NFA items.

  • Patriot Gunner

    Maybe MKE selling a boat load of their stuff was the straw that finally broke the camels (H&K) back…I too would go for the real deal H&K.

  • iksnilol

    For some reason I really like that carry handle.

  • ömer çay

    MPT-76 is not clone of HK-417 but let say highly inspired design. When new rifle needed MKEK shown exact copy of HK-417 called “Mehmetcik-1”; but Army rejected the idea of clone weapon and started new “robust” design with some “metallurgical improvement”. In the end MPT-76 after some 7-8 years design development phase started serial production.

    MKEK claims it is the only weapon in NATO inventory that pass NATO’s all 42 test (safety, reliability; climate tests etc..). “Mean Rounds Between Failure” is considered acceptable for 8 times for 1000 shot; MPT-76 achieved 3 “minor failure” for 1000 shot. It proved can work between -40C to +65C tempreture.

    Barrel Life 12.000 rounds in full auto. Turkish Army wanted infantry engage and destroy targets up to 650m and MPT-76 proved it with very fine accuracy (4 MOA over 100m stated)