The Century Arms AP5 is a “new” firearm based on a classic design. I say it like that, because the company who makes them has been doing so for a long time. The design in question is one that I’m very familiar with because I’ve done a review on the same pistol.
The only difference is that one was imported under a different name.
The last importer, Zenith, ended up stopping their relationship with the maker a while back. (You can read my review on their MP5K, here. It is essentially the same pistol.)
The company who makes these pistols is a Turkish manufacturer called MKE. They build the MP5 variants on original Heckler and Koch machinery, making them about as true to the original thing as you can get.
Only, these are semi-automatic pistols without the giggle switch.
The AP5 is truly a fun gun to shoot. I recently had the opportunity to throw some lead downrange with one at an event I went to. The one I shot was a braced pistol with a suppressor. Therefore, if there’s a correct way to shoot an MP5 variant, it’s setup just like this.
I’ve included the video of me shooting it below:
They didn’t let me shoot a lot of ammo through it, as you can see, but from what I did shoot, it was a lot of fun. And to be honest, I’m not sure there is more fun you can have than with a setup like this. In fact, I include the MP5 on my gun bucket list.
I’m glad Century decided to pick this platform up for themselves. It deserves a spot in this country as a more affordable option than what is currently out there, even if they are currently selling for 2,500 – 3,000 bucks on GunBroker.com as of this writing.
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