The MP5 and the Elite

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Few guns in existence owe their fame to the units that used them. The Thompson submachine gun, for instance, is among the most iconic guns ever produced, as are the Luger P08, various models of Winchester lever-action rifle, the M1911 pistol and the Mauser model 98. While each of those guns was employed by one or more elite units, not


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Background to the G3, Installment 1

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The roller-delayed and roller-locked firearms produced from the Cold War to the present, and used by NATO and countless combatants around the world, have their origins in World War II. Under the Nazis, engineers had a field day producing everything from the first operational fleet of jet-powered bombers and fighters, to the rockets that would form the bases for the


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The MP5 in the Movies

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If you’re like us at Zenith, you too are an irritating person to watch firearm-rich action movies with. You probably point out everything from chronological problems, to poor trigger discipline, to those endless magazines we all wish we had. And since you’re reading this particular blog, we’re going to assume you are also a true aficionado of roller-delayed goodness, and


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East Versus West: Cold War Small Arms, Installment 1

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This is the first in a series of installments focused on the history of the roller-delayed platform. Following World War II, there was one clear superpower, the United States. In short order, the Soviet Union would rise to superpower status mostly as a result of pillaging occupied Eastern Europe to rebuild its devastated infrastructure, and its successful testing of an


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21st Century Cowboy

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It was common practice in the late nineteenth century for cowboys to carry a rifle and a pistol chambered in the same caliber. This made sense from a practical point of view: if your rifle and your pistol used the same type of ammunition, then you only had to carry that type, and your preparation for contingencies was simplified. Further,


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A Brief History of the MP5

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The MP5 originated as Heckler and Koch’s Project 65. It was created as a roller delayed blowback evolutionary descendant of the revolutionary MG42, which featured the first mass produced roller lock mechanisms and stamped metal firearms technology. There were a number of successful submachineguns already on the market, with the Uzi being the most ubiquitous and consistently the MP5’s greatest


Zenith FirearmsA Brief History of the MP5