H&K Is Shipping Civilian-Model SP5 Semi-Auto Pistols

Heckler & Koch is now shipping the HK SP5, a semi-automatic sporting version of the MP5 submachine gun, in the U.S., according to a company release. MSRP is $2,799. 

Read our review of the HK SP5K here

The SP5 is a semiautomatic civilian sporting pistol that matches the look and feel of the MP5 submachine gun. The SP5 is manufactured in HK’s Oberndorf factory in southwest Germany. The importer, HK-USA, is based in Columbus, Georgia.

According to HK-USA, the SP5 retains many of the critical elements of the MP5. Of course, the biggest functionality of the machine pistolpewpewpewpewpew, multiple shots per trigger pull — is changed to pew-pew-pew of semi-auto one-shot-per-trigger-pull operation in the newly available SP5.

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The SP5 maintains the roller-delayed blowback operating system originally perfected on the Heckler & Koch G3 rifle and which has also been used on several other HK firearms still serving today around the world.

In fact, the company says the SP5 will be made in the same factory, on the same lines, and by the same workforce that has been making MP5s for years. Designed and manufactured to meet the definition of a civilian pistol, the SP5 is loaded with authentic MP5 features, like a Navy barrel with threaded tri-lug adaptor, paddle magazine release, fluted chamber and chrome-lined bore.

“Our whole team is very proud and very excited to finally bring the SP5 to the US,” HK-USA COO/CSO Mike Holley said. “The MP5 isn’t just a customer favorite, it’s an HK employee favorite too. So, we are just thrilled to roll out the most authentic semiautomatic-only version of it we’ve seen in the US.”

A variety of accessories can be added to increase its functionality. As a popular pistol-caliber carbine platform, the MP5 and SP5 are supported by an aftermarket loaded with lots of great accessories.

HK similarly announced the SP5K, the civilian version of the MP5K, in 2016. TTAG covered that roll-out here.

Caliber: 9mm x 19
Operating Principle Recoil operated
Locking System: Roller-delayed blowback
Magazine Capacity: 30/15/10 rounds
Cartridge case ejection: Right side
Length: 17.8 in. 
Width: 2.48 in.
Height: 8.66 in.
Barrel length: 8.86 in.
Weight (without magazine): 5.1 lbs.
Trigger pull: 6.74-10.11 lbs.
Return Travel: .12 in.
Trigger Travel .24 in.
Sight Radius: 13 in.
Barrel Profile/Twist Groove/land profile: 6 grooves, right-hand twist
Sights: Rotary rear sights, 4 positions


SP5 9mm with two 30rd magazines – 81000477 (UPC 642230259829) MSRP $2799

SP5 9mm with two 10rd magazines – 81000478 (UPC 642230259812) MSRP $2799

Magazine, SP5, 9mm, 30 rounds – 206349S (UPC 642230254336) MSRP $80

Magazine, SP5, 9mm, 15 rounds – 215610S (UPC 642230251809) MSRP $80

Magazine, SP5, 9mm, 10 rounds – 239257S (UPC 642230255210) MSRP $80

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