H&K MP5 Clones of the World

Heckler & Koch MP5 is probably the most popular post-WW2 submachine gun design of the world. It is compact, reliable and lightweight. It uses H&K’s roller locked design, which proved to be a successful concept judging from the number of countries utilizing it. No surprise it is popular in the civilian market, too. This gun has become so popular, that not only many countries adopted it, but also manufacture MP5s domestically. In this article, we’ll go through MP5 clones manufactured in different countries. Those chambered in calibers other than 9x19mm (such as .22LR guns by GSG and ATI) are not included in the list. So, without further ado, let’s see who makes MP5s:

1) Beitler Waffentechnik BWT5 (Germany)

MP5 bwt5172

Yes, there are even companies in Germany (besides H&K) who make MP5 clones …actually two of them. This particular company makes the standard length version with fixed stock and the short “K” version without a stock. They are also specialized in MP5 parts manufacturing.

2) Oberland Arms OA5 (Germany)

This German company used to manufacture classic fixed stock style MP5 clones. Now they’ve discontinued the OA5 and are making AR-15 and AR-10 style rifles.

3) Brugger & Thomet BT-96 (Switzerland)

B&T was also making MP5 licensed clones. Reportedly they were only assembling the guns using all H&K made parts. BT-96 was made for the civilian market.

4) WTC Special Weapons Inc. SP-10 (Philippines)

Image from HKPro.com

This is another MP5 clone, but as you can see it has a redesigned upper receiver. It looks like a cross-breed between MP5 and UMP.

5) Luxembourg Defence Technology HSG94, HSG94K and HSG95 (Luxembourg)

LDT HSG95 MP5

LDT HSG94 is the fixed stock version and HSG94K is the short version with collapsing stock. This Luxembourgian company also makes a modernized version of the rifle called HSG95, which features top Picatinny rail as well as rails on the handguard. HSG95 also has an AR-15 stock adapter. All these guns are semi-auto civilian copies of the MP5.

6) Russian Arms Company RA-5 (Russia)

This one is relatively new. It is made by a Russian company called “Russkaya Oruzheynaya Kompaniya” (Русская Оружейная Компания – Russian Arms Company). It is designed for the civilian use, to meet the demands of the growing pistol caliber carbine market of Russia. The gun is a copy of HK MP5SD, however, it uses a fake suppressor. Suppressors are highly regulated in Russia. Although RA-5 is certified as a hunting carbine, it should be more interesting for competitive shooting and defensive roles, as well as for enthusiast of the platform in Russia.

RA-5 features Picatinny rails on sides and bottom of the forearm. It is also possible to mount a top rail, which clamps on the receiver.

7) Ordnance Factory Board “Anamika” (India)

This Indian made gun is reverse engineered and probably one of the non-licensed copies of HK MP5. It is not listed on manufacturer’s website, but information about it leaked last year. The gun has a different lower receiver and features rails on the forearm and on top of the receiver. We’ve earlier covered this gun in a separate article on TFB and if you want to learn more about Anamika, click here to read the article.

8) Pakistan Ordnance Factories MP5A2, MP5P3 and SMG-PK (Pakistan)

Pakistan MP5

Besides the civilian versions of MP5 clones available in US market (POF-5), the Pakistani company also makes military versions of the gun. MP5A2 is the fixed stock version, MP5P3 has a collapsible stock and SMG-PK is the short version also equipped with a collapsible stock. There are also models called MP5P4 and MP5P5, which feature a burst fire mode and have a four position safety selector. Other than that these are similar to MP5A2 and MP5P3 respectively.

9) MKEK (Turkey)

This Turkish company manufactures all kind of MP5 versions one can imagine. The only feature that visually distinguishes some of the MKEK MP5 clones is the transparent magazine.

10) Hellenic Defence Systems MP5 (Greece)

Another European company making MP5 clones. They make direct copies with following versions available: MP5 A2 (fixed stock), MP5 A3 (retractable stock), MP5 SD2 and MP5 SD3 (suppressed versions of MP5 A2 and MP5 A3 respectively), MP5 SD1 (with a receiver end cap instead of the stock). All versions are full auto capable military guns.

11) Defense Industries Organization “Tondar” (Iran)

Unfortunately, there is almost no information available about Tondar. In fact, all I could find is the picture above, which leaves us with more questions than answers. Particularly it says “Operation: gas operated”. This is the case with many state-owned arms manufacturers all over the world. They either have no website or a poorly made one. Also, they are normally “not eager” to disclose information to the general public.

12) Military Industries Corporation “Tihraga” (Sudan)

Sudanese version of the gun.

13) Norinco NR-08, CS/LS3 (China)

In the picture above is the CS/LS3, which is supposedly made by Norinco. It features forearm rails and a sound suppressor. The relatively more known version of MP5 by Norinco is the NR-08. You can read more about the latter by clicking here.

14) Mexico, Saudi Arabia, and France

According to some sources these countries also make or made licensed copies of HK MP5, however, there is no reliable information available about them.

15) USA

Because there are a lot of articles written about the US made or imported to USA MP5 clones, I won’t go into the details and will just list the companies, which offer these guns:

  • Black Ops Defense
  • Brethren Armament
  • Dakota Tactical
  • Investment Grade Firearms
  • Kelly Enterprises
  • Atlantic Firearms
  • TMP Outfitters
  • TSC Machine
  • Zenith Firearms
  • Strike Industries (new upper receiver)

I think this is a pretty much comprehensive list of MP5 clones. If you know about anything not included in the list or have more information about any of the guns of the list, please let us know in the comments section.



Hrachya H

Being a lifelong firearms enthusiast, Hrachya always enjoys studying design, technology and history of guns and ammunition. His knowledge of Russian allows him to translate and make Russian/Soviet/Combloc small arms related information available for the English speaking audience.
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  • Petto

    Oh my , it seems almost everybody copied MP5 including G3

  • Maxim Popenker

    Russian Arms Company gun is in fact Turkish-made MKE semi-auto

    • Anonymoose

      I’m pretty sure Zenith and Atlantic are just importers of MKE guns too.

    • Lou

      Are these being sold in Russian gun shops? Any hope of Russia getting rid of the 10 round magazine limit and the 5 year wait for approval to buy a firearm with a rifled barrel?

      • Igniz

        In fact you can no problem buy and have any magazine with any capacity you like (home build ones, imports are hard to obtain) that goes with supressors too. Its becoming illigal when you attach them and load them with live ammunition. That does not counts on sports ivents like IPSC(supressors still illegal there as far as i know). Wierd, but here ak mags like 5 bucks just laying around.

        There are rumors about considering 3 year to obtain permission to rifled stuff and motivations to evaluate .22’s to smooth barrel. But it did not happend yet.

  • Mr Mxyzptlk

    You missed out the British ones that were made at Enfield.

  • Jose

    Manufacture d’Arms de Saint-E’tienne, in France, use to manufacture Heckler and Koch weapons, including the MP-5. Today, that factory no longer exists; and once again, French soldiers will be armed with a German gun, the HK-416F. (French made HK weapons were not standard issue in the French Army, although some units as well the police may have use them, like the Gendarmerie Nationale and the Garde Re’publicanie.)

  • Wetcoaster

    I would expect the guns from Pakistan, Iran, Turkey, Greece, and Saudi Arabia to all be fully licensed and not ‘clones’ since all of them were licensed producers of the G3 as well.

    We don’t call Savage and Longbranch No.4 Mk.I* American or Canadian Lee-Enfields clones. They’re actual Lee Enfields.

    • nighthawk9983

      They are licensed. Turkey, Greece and Iran actually have HK machinery iirc. Im not sure about the Saudis but the Pakistanis use their own machinery, that is why POF imports are on the lower end of the price spectrum, but a bit rougher finish

  • Mmmtacos

    So many to go around… yet the entry price is still $1600 for some reason. It’s an old design to boot.

  • HH

    It should be noted that their are many more US/domestic makers of MP5 clones than just those listed at the end of the article.

  • Michael Bishop

    The Special Weapons SP-10 wasn’t made in the Philippines, unless Todd Bailey came out of retirement and moved overseas. That is an American made gun and it basically an MP5 clone with a polymer receiver (with some steel inserts). I have one and had a gunsmith do a little cosmetic surgery to give me a poor mans UMP-9.

    • JumpIf NotZero

      Yea, Philippines wtf?

      Like everything Todd Bailey did, the SW-10 was 85% great and 15% stupid af. If the SW10 wasn’t made to look so stupid with that front end diaper light molded into the handguard, it would have been awesome.

      I still think there is a market for an MP5 rolled locked PCC with a polymer upper.

      • Michael Bishop

        I SBRed mine and had the flashlight tumor “surgically” removed by a gunsmith and replaced with a rail (as well as having the barrel chopped and threaded). I even managed to locate an actual Special Weapons folding stock to replace the faux folder it came with. It actually looks pretty slick now and runs pretty well with my full auto sear. It’s a little rattle-y, but you can’t have everything.

  • Aaron

    Pretty sure they are also made here in the UK

  • A bearded being from beyond ti

    You can always trust India to make really ugly firearms; what have they done to that poor MP5?!

    • nighthawk9983

      India is a country where family name and influence get you much further than a good reputation ever will, so as a result their small arm are made by a cabal of half-assed, cheap but well connected people who make sure good weapons never make it to market, no matter how many Indian troops and police are killed by the weapon they are counting on betraying them when its needed.

      • A bearded being from beyond ti

        I’ll take your word for it, sure seems that way.

  • Harry’s Holsters

    I would love a Sudanese gun. It’d be like having a North Korea AK.

  • john huscio

    Missed vector

  • Audie Bakerson

    And yet despite the MP5 being well out of patent protection by 1990s and having an extensive aftermarket, the JSDF decided to go with the most hideous Uzi variant known to man instead. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8da1e1cc85b254f788aabc3d9eebdf7c0745479bfb6291afcec6d4e7ca272493.jpg

    • SP mclaughlin

      I think the Minebea looks great.
      The Italian SOCIMI Type 821 and Romanian ASALT-96, on the other hand…..

      • Audie Bakerson

        Got any good photos of ASALT-96? Only ones I can find are poor quality, but it looks passable.

    • mcjagermech

      it’s certainly more compact

    • John

      Because Israel. National pride in not adopting a Nazi gun, and so forth.

      Although if there were a faux (or real) suppressor on that gun, it would probably look a little more cool.

      • Audie Bakerson

        JSDF/自衛隊, not IDF. The IDF has the original Uzi (and Uzi Gal).

        Doubt they’d care much that their gun was designed in Germany anyways. Most of the guns they used in their war for independence were Nazi stamped captures given to them by the former Allies (though they tended to file off those marks when they had time and file).

        • KevinFranks

          Meh, the Uzi is just a copy of the Czechoslovakian Sa. 23 / Sa. 24 / Sa. 25 / Sa. 26 platform with it’s encapsulating bolt. I heard it would drive Uziel Gal nuts when you said that his Uzi and the Galil were copies.

          • nighthawk9983

            Everything is a copy of everything else. I’m sure the die hard Springfield 1903 would soil their nappies when you remind them their fave gun is just a Mauser knock-off.

          • disqus_XlYouOiadt

            If we’re talking about the idea of having the forward part of the bolt surround the barrel you can go back to Browning’s slides. The 1911 is an example.

  • David

    Some of these guns i wouldnt call clones like the turkish made mke thats made on real hk tooling from the 60s those are legit mp5s real mp5s

  • Scott P

    You forgot two U.S. companies

    Vector
    Moore Advanced Dynamics (Black Dog Armory, LLC)

    • Cal.Bar

      Yeah, but Vector only made them for about a year or so and they were TERRIBLE. I should know – I bought one and spent over a year replacing parts until I got it to work. (still not a REAL HK)

  • KevinFranks

    The Tondar is… OK. The roller block are a bit wonky, but good enough for 9x19mm. They showed up in Iraq post 2003 and were floating around in small quantities. There were a lot of Iranian G3s; both marked pre- and post revolution; meaning Asiatic lion or the DIO cog logo. I wouldn’t shoot the G3s.
    Surprised Enfield was not mentioned. There were a lot more Royal Small Arms Factory – Enfield MP5s in Iraq, actually there were a lot. I’d say they are as good as the Germans. So, how did all those Enfield MP5s get to Iraq? Well, Iraqi forces stole them from Kuwait back in 1990 and took them back.

  • Marzuq

    RMN’s SOF did procure the B&T-made MP5s in the early 2000s as part of the waterborne offensive weapon contracts.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/180779683c1ec042b7a11ad0b53d841186ac848d5760b00d7879c2a4dbed0907.jpg

  • Emperius

    SIG MPX, done.
    MP5’s expensive and hard to acquire for a H&K. Anything other than a retractable stock on an MP5 is a waste as well. Might as well get a Carbine AR-15.

    • nighthawk9983

      no, AR15s are boring and delay roller blowback is one of the best systems for reliability and accuracy.

      • Emperius

        But one does not get an MP5 due to that mechanism, but size, compatibility, retractability. Are you also say9ng that a modern affordable AR-15 is not reliable and not accurate? The end of the day, MP5 is not a rifle, but an SMG. For cheaper, one can “SMG” an AR-15.

  • Edmond Huet

    France MAS was a licensed H&K manufacturer since the end of the 60’s.
    The G3 and the HK 33 have been made in France in large quantity.
    The HK 33 F was a contender to the FA MAS and the FN CAL
    A few thousands MP 5 were made before the Gendarmerie Nationale adopted the UMP 45 for the departemental brigades, GIGN always used German made MP 5 supplied by the official importer Raymond Gerrand SA

  • Chris Miller

    Forgot about Moore Advanced Dynamics (MAD).

  • Rick D

    Dakota Tactical is the best of the American ones in terms of actually producing and not having an ego about it. They use German parts kits and us built flats. I have had one 3 years and never an issue

  • Richard Lutz

    Why spend good money on an overgrown 9mm pistol when you can buy an FN15 Military Collector M4 chambered for the 5.56mm rifle round?