The Heckler & Koch MP5 is used the world over by military units, special operations forces and elite police. 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) for many reasons. The rooms are often small and tight and the enemy is in your face when you first enter the building. When a slightly increased range is required the L119A1 Carbine would be a wiser choice as a starting point.
What is so Great About the MP5?
To start with, it’s a reliable weapon. Special forces need a weapon that will work when they’re storming buildings to open a can of whoop-ass on some terrorists. If a weapon jams in this situation they will probably be dead. The terrorists won’t have any sympathy for you because your weapon didn’t fire.
In fact they will take pride in taking out some special forces soldiers.
Along with being reliable they can’t be approaching the enemy with a javelin hanging off of their shoulder. Many special forces conduct undercover reconnaissance missions. The MP5k loses the stock and has a shortened barrel enabling troops to keep it hidden easily 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 than it would be. You just can’t have all those weapons on your body at once.
So What Else?
Well the MP5 is also an accurate weapon. The sub-machine gun doesn’t have a great range. You’re looking at a max of 200m for some models but more like 100m so it’s used in buildings, planes, where there isn’t range needed. Simple.
They fire a 9x19mm Parabellum round. This is less likely to breach an interior wall and kill hostages or other innocents when killing the bad guys in another part of the building.
You can’t exactly stroll out of a hostage situation claiming to have killed all the terrorists when you’ve slotted the hostages in the next room without realising. 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 famed “killing house.” Here is where they practice regularly with live rounds to ensure that the training is a realistic as possible.
What About Noise if Special Forces Are Undercover?
No worries here. The MP5SD is fitted with an integrated suppressor so when you can’t be discovered on a mission or just want to play the ninja card when taking out some sentries this weapon can do 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 are trained to use this weapon though. Terrorists have an increased supply of body armour nowadays and so 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. Saying that with its versatile models that can cover most situations, the MP5 is still a popular choice.