HK MP5 22 LR Review

HK MP5 22 LR Review

Heckler and Koch (HK USA) MP5 22 LR (HK81000468)

Welcome to my review of the Heckler and Koch (HK USA) MP5 22 LR (HK81000468). I was anxiously looking forward to this review, as HK’s MP5 22 is one of the guns you want when you see it. This HK MP5 22 LR review will analyze this rifle’s features, accuracy, performance, and value. By the end of this article, you’ll have all the information you need to make an informed purchasing decision.

About the HK MP5

Heckler and Koch (HK USA) MP5 22 LR (HK81000468) in box

The Heckler & Koch MP5 22 LR is a rimfire variant of the iconic MP5 submachine gun, renowned for its reliability and widespread use by military and law enforcement agencies worldwide. Chambered in a .22 Long Rifle (LR), this version offers a cost-effective and versatile alternative for civilian shooters, providing the same classic design and handling characteristics as its centerfire counterpart. The MP5 22 LR features a blowback operating system, ensuring smooth and reliable cycling with minimal recoil. It is an ideal firearm for recreational shooting, training, and introducing new shooters to the sport.

One of the notable aspects of the HK MP5 22 LR is its attention to detail in replicating the external features of the original MP5. The firearm maintains a distinctive roller-delayed blowback system, retractable stock, and overall ergonomic design, providing an authentic shooting experience. The .22 LR chambering makes it more cost-effective to shoot and reduces recoil, making it a suitable choice for users of all experience levels.

Features of the HK MP5 22 LR

The HK MP5 22 LR delivers features you would expect in a 22 LR carbine, but the real allure of this gun is its sexy look. As with virtually any HK firearm, this one delivers on reliability and function, but it has a look and feel unlike many 22 LRs. These notable features include:

HK MP5 22 LR
  1. Adjustable stock: The HK MP5 22 LR comes equipped with an adjustable stock, allowing shooters to customize the rifle’s fit for optimal comfort and precision. This feature ensures that shooters of different sizes and preferences can achieve a secure and stable shooting position.
  2. Faux suppressor: Designed to mimic the appearance of the iconic MP5 submachine gun, the HK MP5 22 LR features a faux suppressor. This adds to the rifle’s aesthetics and provides an authentic look that resonates with enthusiasts.
  3. 25-round magazine: The HK MP5 22 LR boasts a generous 25-round magazine capacity. This allows for prolonged shooting sessions without frequent reloading, resulting in uninterrupted shooting enjoyment.

Summarized overview of HK MP5 features:

FeaturesDescription
Adjustable StockCustomizable fit for different shooters
Faux SuppressorIconic MP5 submachine gun appearance
25-Round MagazineAmple ammunition capacity for extended shooting sessions

Specifications of the HK MP5 22 LR

Knowing the particulars is helpful when considering the Heckler and Koch (HK USA) MP5 22 LR. Let’s dive into the key specifications of this rifle.

SpecificationDescription
Barrel Length16.1 inches
Magazine Capacity25 rounds
Weight7 lbs.
Length26.4″ – 32.3″
Caliber.22 LR
ActionSemi-automatic
SightsDiopter Drum Rear Sight, Adjustable Sights
FinishMatte black, with some models featuring additional finish options
Operating SystemBlowback

The HK MP5 22 LR specifications include a 16.1-inch barrel, which provides respectable accuracy and control. The 25-round magazine capacity ensures ample ammunition for extended shooting sessions without frequent reloading. The weight and length facilitate ease of handling and maneuverability during shooting sessions.

Heckler and Koch (HK USA) MP5 22 LR (HK81000468) review

Pricing of the HK MP5 22 LR

The MSRP price for the HK MP5 22 LR rifle is $599. However, pricing can vary depending on several factors, including the retailer and any additional accessories, modifications, etc.

Factors Affecting Pricing

The pricing of the HK MP5 22 LR can vary due to several factors:

  • Retailer: Different retailers may offer the rifle at varying prices depending on their business operations and marketing strategies.
  • Availability: The availability of the HK MP5 22 LR can impact its pricing. Limited availability or high demand may drive prices up.
  • Accessories and Modifications: Including additional accessories or modifications, such as an upgraded stock or optic, can affect the overall price of the rifle.

Performance of the HK MP5 22 LR

The performance of the HK MP5 22 LR was as expected. It checked off the boxes on 100% reliability and functionality, from its operation to magazine feeding and overall shooting experience.

It’s worth noting that for me, the demands for this firearm were as simple as the “fun factor.” I would never plan to use the MP5 for hunting self-defense. Considering the application I would use, the HK, I went with the cheapest route possible on accessories.

HK MP5 22 LR with Crimson Trace CTS-25
HK MP5 22 LR with Crimson Trace CTS-25 Compact and a Cheap Rail I picked up on Amazon.

I opted to install a cheap rail and the cheapest Red Dot I could go and still think it would hold up. Because, after all, with the negligible recoil of the MP-5 and the demands I would put on this while out having some fun plinking, I didn’t feel the need to kit it out like my ARs. You may choose differently.

How the HK MP5 22 LR Did For Me

Regarding the shooting experience, the HK MP5 22 LR is a blast. As mentioned, my primary focus for the MP5 was adding to the outdoor shooting fun factor, but as I shot it, I did find myself working into different drills and pushing the gun a bit. It had been a while since I had run drills with a 22 LR, and I had forgotten what a great tool they were for running drills. The HK MP5 22 LR is no exception. It made me want to run out and pick up HK’s SP5.

“The HK MP5 22 LR eats up every ammo we ran through it, it is a blast to shoot, pardon the pun, and virtually everyone who sees it says, oh, that’s bad ass!.

Pros and Cons of the HK MP5 22 LR

When we think about the pros and cons, we realize most of these can be mitigated or eradicated if you consider why you’re buying the MP5 and assess whether it’s the right gun for the purpose.

Here are some key points to consider:

Pros:

  • Realistic Appearance: The HK MP5 22 LR is designed to resemble the iconic MP5 submachine gun, offering a unique and authentic shooting experience.
  • Adjustable Stock: The rifle’s adjustable stock is easy to use and ergonomic.
  • Compatible Accessories: The HK MP5 22 LR is compatible with a wide range of accessories, such as optics, grips, and suppressors, allowing users to personalize their rifle.
  • Fun Factor: I had a blast shooting the MP5, and I imagine you would, too.
  • Ammo is Cheap: With all the craziness going on in the ammo markets, prices, and shortages, it’s nice to shoot again where ammo price is an afterthought.

Cons:

  • Long-Range Accuracy Limitations: The HK MP5 22 LR would not be your first choice for distance shooting.
  • Lack of Versatility: Unlike some of the renowned 22 LR rifles on the market, I wouldn’t recommend the MP5 for hunting. Regarding home defense, the 22 LR is not one I recommend. As stated, this gun’s best applications are “fun factor” and “training.”

Comparisons with Other .22 LR Rifles

When considering purchasing the HK MP5 22 LR, it’s not a bad idea to compare it with other .22 LR rifles on the market to make an informed decision. Below, I have highlighted two additional popular models, the Ruger 10/22 and the Smith & Wesson M&P 15-22, for comparison. I own both of these and enjoy shooting them as well. Any of these 22 LRs is a great choice, in my opinion.

Ruger 10/22

The Ruger 10/22 is a widely recognized and respected .22 LR rifle known for its reliability and versatility. It features a detachable rotary magazine and a wide range of aftermarket accessories, making it highly customizable. I have changed configurations on my 10/22 half a dozen times. The Ruger 10/22 is known for its accuracy, making it a popular choice for casual plinking and small-game hunting. It is available in various configurations to suit different preferences and shooting styles.

The pricing of the Ruger 10/22 varies based on the specific model and features chosen, but they can be purchased from the high $200s to much more. It offers many options, from affordable basic models to higher-end versions with advanced features. The overall value of the Ruger 10/22 is considered excellent due to its reliability, accuracy, and extensive aftermarket support.

Smith & Wesson M&P 15-22

The Smith & Wesson M&P 15-22 is another popular .22 LR rifle that offers a modern sporting rifle design. It features a polymer lower receiver, which reduces weight and provides a durable construction. The M&P 15-22 has a magazine capacity of 25 rounds and offers impressive accuracy for a .22 LR rifle. It is appreciated for its reliability and ease of use, making it suitable for various shooting purposes, including recreational shooting and training. Further, it’s a great choice for AR-15 owners who occasionally want a cheap alternative to train with. I have my MP-15 22 LR, outfitted similarly to one of my go-to AR-15s, so although lighter and offering a different training experience, it offers a respectable simulation.

The M&P 15-22 pricing is comparable to the MP5, retailing between high $400s to mid $500’s.

Comparison CriteriaHK MP5 22 LRRuger 10/22Smith & Wesson M&P 15-22
FeaturesAdjustable stock, faux suppressor, 25-round magazineDetachable rotary magazine, aftermarket accessoriesPolymer lower receiver, magazine capacity of 25 rounds
AccuracyDependent on barrel length and overall designExceptional accuracyImpressive accuracy for a .22 LR rifle
PricingLow $500 to $599High $200 to $600+High $400 to low $500
Customer ReviewsPositive feedback on overall performance and reliabilityHighly regarded for reliability and versatilityPositive user satisfaction and ease of use

Comparing these rifles will enable you to evaluate your specific shooting needs. Whether it’s the realistic appearance and fun factor of the HK MP5 22 LR, the customization and versatility options of the Ruger 10/22, or the modern sporting rifle design and training advantages of the Smith & Wesson M&P 15-22, each rifle brings its advantages to the table.

Conclusion: HK MP5 22 LR Review

In conclusion, the Heckler and Koch (HK USA) MP5 22 LR is a double thumbs up from me if you want to use it to train or have a blast plinking in the great outdoors. The adjustable stock and faux suppressor add to its appeal (and I know all get feedback for saying it), but putting that aside, it’s a solid 22 Long Rifle.

When considering the purchase of the HK MP5 22 LR, it is important to consider personal preferences, budget constraints, and intended use. Conducting thorough research, reading customer reviews, and seeking expert advice will help you find the perfect rifle that meets your needs. I feel I may go up a notch on the optic and make this a regular tag-along on shooting days.

Whether used for plinking, target practice, or as a training tool, the HK MP5 22 LR offers a reliable and enjoyable shooting experience while paying homage to the legendary MP5 platform. It’s a winner!

FAQs: HK MP5 22 LR Review

What are the features of the HK MP5 22 LR?

The HK MP5 22 LR features an adjustable stock, a faux suppressor, and a 25-round magazine capacity.

What are the specifications of the HK MP5 22 LR?

The HK MP5 22 LR has a 16.1-inch barrel, a 25-round magazine capacity, and is easy to handle and maneuver.

What are the pros and cons of the HK MP5 22 LR?

Pros include its realistic appearance, adjustable stock, and compatibility with accessories. Cons may include limitations in versatility and long-range accuracy.

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  • Michael Hodgdon

    A firearm, shooting, outdoor, and hunting enthusiast for over 35 years. Thank you all for the suggestions on topics you would like to see; we'll keep posting as you keep sending them in. Please comment; we will try to answer all comments quickly.

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