For today’s #AGSixSeries
post, we have the UMP! Since this is another gun that isn’t too huge on the civilian market, the first 5 pictures came from the only guy I know who produces these weapons for civilians, @tommybuilt
! Anyway, let’s get into the history. The HK UMP, or ‘Universale Maschinepistole’ (Universal Submachine Gun) is an SMG designed by Heckler & Koch in the 1990s and has been in production from 1999-present. The original idea was the create a cheaper and lighter successor to the MP5, but both are still being made. The original design for the UMP was for the two larger calibers it is offered in, being .45 and .40, but a 9mm version rolled in after popular demand. The 9mm version weighs .5 pounds less than the MP5 in similar configuration, and is cheaper to make, so it worked out. To make up for the recoil of a larger caliber losing its controllability in full auto, HK tuned down the fire rate to roughly 600-650rpm for the .45, 600-745 for the .40, and oddly enough down to 600 for the 9mm (guessing they wanted a lot of control to be the main selling point there). The trigger has four stages, being safe, semi, 2-round burst, and full auto. It weighs in at between 5.5-5.8 pounds unloaded, is 27.2 inches long, and has an 8 inch barrel. Since it’s a fairly new weapon, there isn’t a ton of history just yet, but 12 countries use the 9mm version, 4 countries (US, Canada, Australia, and Italy) use the .40, and 6 countries use the .45 version. Most of the uses are police forces, border protection, security, and special forces. Owning one is easiest by converting a USC to UMP with a parts kit (or through @tommybuilt
, who’s website has prices). A USC will cost roughly $1,500 and about another $1k to convert, and an already completed UMP runs for around $3-4K. As always, thank you for reading, double tap and follow because it helps me grow, and I hope you’ve enjoyed!