Posts Tagged ‘Heckler & Koch’

Zenith MKE Z-5RS MP5 pistol right profile with earmuffs

Review: Zenith MKE Z-5RS: An Affordable MP5 for the Masses

If there is one weapon that is on nearly every tactical shooter’s bucket list, it is the MP5, For most, spending quality trigger time with a MP5 was out of the question—until now. Zenith makes the MP5 delayed roller lock experience attainable. Don’t call the Zenith MKE Z-5RS a clone, knock-off, or wannabe MP5. The Zenith is a licensed version of the iconic Heckler & Koch MP5. Zenith Firearm in Afton, Virginia, imports a number of H&K-licensed delayed roller lock action models from MKE (Mechanical and Chemical Industry Corporation) of Turkey.

HK VP9 pistol left side black

Video Review: Heckler & Koch VP9 — The Secret Is in the Trigger

When I was looking for my first self-defense pistol, I surveyed law enforcement. SIG Sauer ranked well among law enforcement as a personal choice. This was a couple decades ago and at the time, the SIG P226 or P228 topped many officers list. The only handgun I regularly heard LEOs state they would (or had) traded their SIG for was the HK USP—they were that good. Technology, trends, and attitudes have changed considerably in the last 20 or so years, but Heckler & Koch’s quality remains a top contender with the HK VP9.

The epitome of cool

Art of the Gun: The H&K USP

Recently, I watched the first episode of the new season of 24. Jack Bauer, the show’s main character, was sporting a new H&K P30. In the first two seasons, he usually carried a SIG Sauer P228 (that would often switch to a P229 in the middle of the scene—because Jack Bauer is so badass his gun changes size as to not incur his wrath.) However, in Season 1’s finale, Bauer dual-wields two H&K USPs. Then in Season 3 his side arm switches to a USP Compact and remains by his side over the next five seasons. Seeing Jack with the P30 reminded me of how cool the USP—both full size and compact models—looked throughout the show.


Curious Goings-On in Cancelled Carbine Competition

Back on June 16, the Army News Service distributed a press release that said soldiers will continue to use the M4 carbine or improved M4A1 carbine as their issued weapon, and that the Army has concluded the Improved Carbine Competition (ICC) without having selected a winner. Reason: None of the world’s best firearms could pass some of the requirements.

Soldier with H&K416

The Army’s Next Generation Carbine

As many of you know, for the last several years the U.S. Army has been conducting tests on various firearms with the goal of replacing the aging M4 carbine. For the past few years, firearms manufacturers fielded their prized creations with the hopes of beating out the competition and having the almost unimaginably profitable job of fielding the individual small arms for the entire U.S. Army. The winner of the competition must be a measurable improvement over the M4 carbine to replace it; otherwise, the program will instead convert all M4 carbines to the enhanced version.