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The Heckler & Koch MP5 has always been a fascinating submachine gun. It shows up in many movies and is quite well know for its counter-terriorist uses. Personally, I have always wanted an H&K MP5SD6 airsoft electronic gun (AEG). So when Airsplat had a huge sale, I picked up the JG M5-S6 AEG, which will be reviewed elsewhere on this site. At the same time, I noticed the UHC MP5 A5 Mini Electronic Airsoft Gun on sale for $10 (normally $15).
It's mini replicas of the MP5, sized perfectly for kids. I have let my toddlers hold my full-size Cyma CM.023 MP5 low-power electric gun (LPEG) before. It's too big for my kids to hold and shoot (under my supervision, of course). So when I saw the UHC mini M5, I couldn't resist to pick up two of them for my toddlers.
The UHC mini MP5 comes in a compact box (see photo below). It's is well designed and quite pleasing. It remind me of the toy boxes I used to see while window shopping when I was a kid. And that's always nostalgic.
The content of the box is neatly packed (see photo below). It contains the mini MP5 gun, a box of blue 0.12g BB's, and instructions sheets. The neat order of the box is great for my kids, who loves repacking everything back into the box. It's a good discipline for them to practicing taking the gun out and pack it neatly back when their are done, much like how real firearms should be handled.
The package includes many instructions sheets (see photo below). There are two small paper targets for you to practice shooting (scanned and attached under "Attachments"). The instruction sheets specified the minimum age for this airsoft gun is 14 years old. My toddlers won't be shooting with these airsoft guns (they have been taught), unless I'm supervising them to shoot. They will be using it more like other toy guns they already own.
The instructions sheet is very well written and thought out for such an inexpensive toy. It has both English and Traditional Chinese, which leads me to think it is a product of Taiwan. The instruction identifies the gun as M602 MINI. It also specifies that you should only use 6mm 0.12g BB's with the UHC mini MP5 and that it can hold up to 70 BB's at a time.
Let's get down to the functionality of this UHC mini MP5 AEG. On the left side, in the photo below, you can see the mode selector switch. It has safe mode and full-auto. It's missing the semi-auto mode from the real MP5. In safe mode, it's impossible to pull the trigger to fire. The mode selector switch is spring-loaded. So in order to stay in full-auto mode, you have to hold the mode selector switch down while pulling the trigger. My guess is that they are marketing to younger children, so that they want to keep the gun as safe as possible.
You can see the mode selector switch duplicated on the right side. However, this one is a dummy, even though it is not molded into the gun. I tried rotating it, it moves a little bit, but will not change mode. So be carefully you don't push on it too hard and break it off. There are symbols for different modes on this side as well, but they are not highlighted as they are on the other side.
The AEG comes with a barrel insert (see photo below). When the gun is not being shot, the barrel insert should be in place to prevent accidental firing. I am also quite surprised that the UHC mini MP5 AEG comes with a metal inner barrel. You can see it in the photo below. For such an inexpensive gun, they really put a lot of thought into it.
This AEG runs on four AA batteries in the handgrip. A panel open at the bottom of the handgrip for you to insert the batteries. I have dry fired the AEG with fully charged 1.2v AA NiCd batteries. Except I have forgotten to remove the plastic barrel insert. The motor has labored hard, showing quite a decent air seal within the gun. I removed the plastic barrel insert in fear of breaking the internal air seal. The AEG seems to run on the NiCd batteries just fine.
Unlike normal size airsoft electronic guns (AEG), where the BB's are loaded into the magazine and spring pushes the BB into the hop-up, The UHC mini MP5 loads the BB's from the top, through the rear iron sight. The rear iron sight has a small plastic panel to cover the feeding hole. You can pull it open to fee BB's (see photo below). Based on instructions, the BB's are gravity fed into the firing chamber.
The box and instruction claims that the UHC mini MP5 airsoft has a hop-up, which keep the BB flying further and straighter than without. However, there is not adjustment for the hop-up, so it must be fixed. Overtime, the hop-up will probably wear out. But with this gun being only $15, it's probably not worth replacing. Might as well replace the gun, which could potentially break by the time the hop-up wears out.
I noticed that the fixed ironsights are also usable. However, their accuracy is unknown, because I haven't shot this gun yet.
The UHC mini MP5 resembles a H&K MP5A3, except it has a cute squashed feel to in in length and height. The width is about the same as a full-size MP5. It's got all of the features of the MP5A3, except they are all molded and none of the features are functional. The only functional features are the fixed ironsights, trigger, and mode selection knob. However, as mentioned before, the mode selection knob functions differently from a real MP5.
One thing that troubled me is the magazine size on the UHC mini MP5 is incorrectly proportioned compared to the real thing. Photo above demonstrates this discrepancy. A metal MP5 airsoft magazine replica is placed next to the UHC mini MP5 magazine. Notice that the UHC mini MP5 magazine is much too thick. It really should be the same width as the real magazine for this mini MP5 proportion to work.