|Brand||VFC / Umarex|
|Shoot modes||Semi-auto Auto|
|Fire rate||900 rounds/min|
|Battery life||3 hours|
|Creation date||August 13, 2013|
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The brand new HK MP5 series from Umarex is an amazing piece of engineering, and one of the highest quality airsoft replicas we've ever seen. Made by VFC, the HK MP5A4 and MP5A5 feature a stamped steel receiver, 4 position selector, and build quality to rival a real H&K. In this review, we'll look at some of the details, as well as check out the gearbox that makes this thing hum.
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Externally, the MP5 AEGs are nothing short of beautiful. The steel body is perfectly finished, and the construction is precise with no gaps or seams. The handguard on both models, and the stock on the MP5A4, are made of premium polymer instead of plastic. The stock on the MP5A4 is extremely well-made, and is probably the strongest MP5 stock ever found on an airsoft gun. The stock on the MP5A5 is very stable when extended; what I'd expect from an AEG of this caliber.nnOne of the cool new features VFC and Umarex designed on the new series is the 4 position selector. Safe, Semi, and Full-Auto are still present, but the 4 position selector adds a 3 Round Burst mode. The 3 round burst is fully functional on the VFC MP5s and can be used to great effect, especially when paired with a powerful 11.1v lipo battery.
The gearbox is certainly a unique piece of work. It's a hybrid something of some sort, looking in parts like a Version 2, other areas like a Version 3, and elsewhere like nothing at all. However, the good news is that much of it is compatible with standard parts. Here's a list of V2/3 compatible components:nn-Cylinder Headn-Piston Headn-Cylindern-Pistonn-Springn-Spring Guiden-Bushingsn-MotornnOther parts that should be compatible are the:n-Air Nozzlen-Tappet Platen-GearsetnnI didn't pull the gearbox apart because it's working so well right now, and I'd rather not figure out at this point in time exactly how tough it is to reassemble. I will at some point in the future, but for now I want to see how long it will run on an 11.1v lipo.
The HK MP5 includes a 200 round hicap magazine. This is a very tight fit in the magwell initially. It required some effort the first time, but subsequent reloads smoothed the process considerably. After perhaps only a dozen reloads, the magazine can be inserted without difficulty using a normal reload drill.nnEven with the short barrel, the MP5A5 is quite accurate. It will keep a 3 round burst on an 8.5x11 at 150 feet consistently. You can check out our target in this video here:
Overall, the new Umarex HK MP5s from VFC are the best MP5s I've ever seen. They're well built, fantastic performers, and they cost less than most others on the US market today. Just holding the MP5A5, I want to go buy a black jumpsuit, tactical vest, and British gas mask. Look at me, I'm on a boat, and I'm about to SAS your face in with the most realistic MP5A5 yet.
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