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HK’s SP5K: The New Semi-Auto German Room Broom

Will Dabbs, MD, Photos by Cassie Dabbs

The new HK SP5K is a simply ludicrous firearm. It weighs two and one half times what a Glock 17 does and is as big as a hubcap. The trigger is long and thick like that of the submachine gun that birthed it, and you can’t hide it underneath anything less imposing than a pup tent or a burqa. The SP5K also costs a holy fortune. There are literally dozens of cheaper, lighter, more convenient ways to throw 9mm rounds downrange; however, I simply must have one. As gauged by the backlog that HK currently has in delivering the SP5K, apparently every other gun nerd in America wants one as well. For all the admittedly derogatory stuff listed above, the new HK SP5K remains just incredibly cool.

First Impressions

Let’s start with the box it came in. Holy crap. If the gun in this box fell out of the International Space Station it would, after an uneventful atmospheric re-entry, bounce harmlessly off the surface of the earth and leave the weapon otherwise unscathed. If James Bond could not disarm the thermonuclear warhead that threatens to obliterate the planet he needs only get the ticking nuke inside this box and seal it up prior to detonation to render the weapon otherwise harmless. Like everything about the SP5K, the gun’s shipping case is monumentally over-executed. This massive lockable polymer carrying case seems nigh indestructible and is fully sealed against any environmental contaminants should you need to operate the SP5K in outer space or on the ocean floor. I haven’t yet figured out what else you might use the case for, but rest assured, it would be something “HK epic.”

The gun itself is perfectly executed. Everything about the weapon is sharp, crisp and professional. HK has elevated the mass production of stamped steel firearms to an art form. The baked-on black enamel finish is gorgeous, the welds are flawless, and the fit is glassy smooth throughout. The takedown pins are sturdy enough to keep the gun together under hard use yet push...

This article first appeared in Small Arms Review V21N9 (November 2017)
and was posted online on September 22, 2017

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