In the second addition of our GBB Spotlight, we will be taking a close look at Umarex’s (well, technically VFC’s) recreation of the famous MP5 submachine gun.
Until being succeeded by the UMP series (also by Heckler & Koch) back in 1999, the MP5 design featured over 100 officially recognised variants including both long and short barrel options.
Over-zealous abbreviatory naming system aside, the airsoft remake of the classic weapon, used extensively by a multitude of worldwide military services and defence agencies, places a firm emphasis on authenticity.
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Airsoft gun veterans Umarex have joined forces with the highly talented team at VFC to produce this detailed reinterpretation of the MP5 SMG.
At first glance, one of the most distinctive features is the contrasting length between the short, pistol-like grip and the extended length of the gun’s magazine.
Moving towards the back of the weapon, VFC have stayed true to the original design by incorporating a fully-functional, fully-extendable stock.
Much more than a novel addition, the ability to alter the length of the gun adds more versatility to the weapon and allows players to more easily adapt to situational and tactical changes.
To add to the realism of the weapon, VFC and Umarex have also used a combination of metal and plastic components in the construction of this MP5 in an identical fashion to the German-made originals.
Parts of the gun such as the stock, magazine and body are formed from metal, however, the grips and receiver (the area which houses the mechanical components) are both polymer based.
This not only keeps the airsoft version more in line with its older, real steel brother but also provides a stronger grip for the player to hold the gun.
Finally, a steel aiming iron sight, 70mm flash hider and the option to choose from either black or navy colour schemes add to the overall aesthetic of this hugely popular weapon.
The impressive replication in this gun is a by-product of the joint work between Umarex and VFC and the official licensing provided by the original manufacturer: Heckler & Koch.
H&K’s permissions have also allowed for the inclusion of red and white markings on the side of the gun which indicate which of the three firing modes have been selected (fully automatic, semi-automatic and safety mode).
With a plethora of great features including a retractable stock, high quality construction and a timeless design, the Umarex/VFC remake of this classic firearm is a firm favourite in the airsoft community and for good reason.
Furthermore, its compact construction, adequate firing power of 330 FPS and light weight (just 3.18kg in total) make this a great choice for any aspiring frontline airsoft player looking to make a much wanted upgrade.
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