Military units, special operations forces and elite police the world over use the Heckler & Koch MP5. Special forces have used this weapon for over 40 years and it’s been around for over 50.
It’s a damn fine weapon that is great to use in CQB (close quarter battles). The rooms are often small and tight and the enemy is in your face when you enter the building. When an increased range is required the L119A1 Carbine is a better choice.
What is so Great About the MP5?
The MP5 is a reliable weapon. Special forces need a weapon that works when they’re storming buildings. The men need to deliver their can of whoop-ass. If their weapon jams in this situation they could die. The terrorists won’t have any sympathy for you because your weapon didn’t fire.
The enemy will, in fact, take pride in taking out some special forces soldiers.
You can’t be approaching the enemy with a javelin hanging off your shoulder. You need something you can move quickly with. Many special forces conduct undercover reconnaissance missions. The MP5k loses the stock and has a shortened barrel enabling troops to keep it hidden before they strike.
This also has advantages for close protection work. They can’t be running around like a 12-year-old playing Call of Duty despite the fun it would be. You can’t have all those weapons on your body at once.
So What Else?
The MP5 is also accurate without the great range. You’re looking at a max of 200 metres for some models but closer to 100 metres. It’s good for buildings, planes and environments where the range isn’t needed.
They fire a 9x19mm Parabellum round. This is less likely to breach an interior wall and kill hostages or other innocents by accident.
You can’t leave a hostage situation claiming to have killed the terrorists when you’ve also slotted the hostages in the next room. They need saving.
Now you have those three qualities you need to put a well-trained soldier in charge of it of course or it all goes tits up.
The British SAS have their “killing house.” Here is where they practice often with live rounds. This ensures the training is realistic.
What About Noise if Special Forces Are Undercover?
No worries here. The MP5SD is fitted with an integrated suppressor. When you want to play the ninja card and take out some sentries this weapon does the job to a high standard.
Short bursts of fire are more than enough to take down the enemy.
This video shows what it can do at short-range.
Do All SF Units Use The MP5?
No. Most of the special forces units train to use this weapon though. Terrorists can also use body armour and the stopping power of the MP5 has been brought in to question in recent years.
The M4A1 is a more popular choice to help take down a more stubborn enemy. They all get taken down in the end though. With its versatile models that cover most situations, the MP5 is a popular choice.