IDEF 2017- MKEK Introduces 5.56x45mm MPT-55 Rifle

MKEK has taken to IDEF 2017 this year by releasing a 5.56x45mm NATO version of their 7.62x51mm NATO MPT-76, a Turkish made AR10. The select-fire, piston operated MPT-55 comes in two variants, a standard barrel configuration of 14.5 inches and 7.3 pounds, and a shorter version at 11 inches and 6.6 pounds designated the MPT-55K. There are some minor additions that MKEK has added to their 5.56x45mm design that differentiates it from a mil spec M4 or H&K 416. The pistol grip resembles that of a Hogue grip and appears to have an internal storage compartment within it. The trigger guard has been pushed out, possibly to accommodate for cold weather gloves. The buffer end plate has an incorporated sling attachment socket on either side, in addition, it has a magazine release catch on the left side that combined with the plate socket and a sling swivel embedded in the stock make it much more ambidextrous than a standard AR15. Magazines appear to be either a translucent variety or production polymer versions from Turkish company Safir Arms. Safir is an interesting company because magazines have been seen in use on Iranian production rifles and even with various Peshmerga elements.

The operational requirements for both of these rifles are for Turkish Special Forces to replace their Turkish license produced H&K 416s with 20,000 of these MPT-55s and MPT-55Ks. An example of one of these earlier 416 based versions-


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  • Vitor Roma

    Those 3 inches sure seem to weight a lot.

  • darrell_b8

    If they are as good as the Canik pistols they make; these will be top drawer…

    • John

      I admit that the left-hand magazine catch is interesting enough that I expected it to be done on other ARs already.

      • HKmaster

        It looks like they ripped off the design from the KAC SR15 series of rifles.

    • Patriot Gunner

      I hope you were being sarcastic…

  • USMC03Vet

    They aren’t beating protestors. Fake news.

  • Ominae

    I thought the Turkish didn’t make a rifle based on the 416.

    • John

      They made a rifle based on the 417. This is a way of legally making their own guns, which also tells me Turkey knows they’re facing EU sanctions (which would include HK canceling their manufacturing license) and possibly getting kicked out of NATO.

      • Kurt Akemann

        As I remember, HK already said it would be ending sales to Turkey over human rights concerns.

      • Ominae

        Felt weirded out since the article mentioned Turkish made HK 416s, even though that never came through.

        And anyone has more info on the pic of the MKE 71K carbine?

    • toms

      Turkey bought the 416 licensing. They added some minor cosmetic stuff but were using the German TDP. They are losing EU/USA support quickly and are scrambling to bring everything defense related in house.

  • Michael

    So who wants to bet that the operating system is a direct copy of the HK 416?

  • 8166PC1

    So why do Turkish regulars get 7.62×51 rifles and SF get 5.56×45 rifles?

    • USMC_grunt2009-2013

      SF probably doesn’t like CQB with battle rifles.

  • Sledgecrowbar

    Much as Turkey’s penchant for following copyright laws is right up there with China’s, I’d buy a 416 if it were a third of the price. I have some Turkish shotguns (the design of which is now legitimately licensed from Benelli), and a Turkish CZ clone and they do make good guns.

  • Omerli

    Informative and concise. Thanks

  • Omerli

    Concise and informative. Nicely done, thank you.

  • jerry young

    I wish one time when I read a company or someone introduces a new 5.56x45mm rifle that when I open the post I’d see something other than an AR platform rifle that has very similar accessories as the last new introduction, don’t get me wrong I love the AR I even have a couple, I carried an M16A1 while I was in Nam but when I read new I’d like to see new not copycat same old same old, put a short barrel on it call it a pistol, put different fore grip and change the charging handle, add ambidextrous safety and enhanced this or that and they’re still an AR.