Covers target areas, suppresses hostiles

The best technology
Heckler & Koch for Military & Law Enforcement

Calibre 7.62 mm x 51 NATO

Maximum effective range of 600-800 metres

Medium machine gun, full performance

Tactical concept, modular build

Due to its modular design, the MG5 is a highly flexible machine gun with night fighting capability. It can be used as a support weapon on a ground target mount, integrated cross-sectionally as vehicle armament or as an infantryman’s hand weapon. Depending on the application, there is the possibility of choosing between a 550 mm or 460 mm barrel length. The barrels can be exchanged effortlessly by the user - even without gloves when hot from firing, thanks to the barrel carrying handle. The MG5’s rate of fire can be adjusted to 640, 720 or 800 rounds per minute by the machine gunner, depending on its intended use or degree of fouling. The adjustable buttstock, bipod, assault grip and many other accessories provide customisation options to suit the shooter’s mission, equipment and stature.

MG5 - Covers target areas, suppresses hostiles
Invisible safety

Many features of the MG5 are not visible at first glance, but are of utmost importance for shooter safety. For instance, the MG5’s barrels are fully able to withstand barrel obstruction using steel- and soft-core ammunition as per NATO AC225/D14. The integrated barrel lock prevents the barrel from being accidentally released from its locking device. The clamped-on heat shield protects against burns when the barrel is hot from firing. Thanks to the two-tier belt feed system, the belt traction performance is consistently reliable in ammunition feed, regardless of environmental and weather conditions. Sear notches and trigger safety catches on the receiver of the focal weapon prevent uncontrolled breech movements. In addition, the MG5 shooter can engage and disengage the safety in any load state.

Technical specifications
Precision at a glance.
7.62 mm x 51 NATO
Operating principle
indirect gas-operated weapon
Bolt system
locked rotating bolt head, fires from the open bolt
Feed mechanism
Belt feed from left / DM60/M13 NATO disintegrating link belt
Cartridge case ejection
Modes of fire
Bursts / sustained fire
Trigger pull
35 - 80 N (with dual spade grips: 80 - 150 N)
Rate of fire
3-stage gas adjustment: approx. 680 | 740 | 800 rounds/min (adjustable in 3 steps)
Barrel profile/Twist
Groove/land profile, 4 grooves, right-hand twist
mechanical back-up sight (400 m), various sights can be mounted
Max. effective Range
600 m
Accurate suppressive fire
1200 m

Values rounded. Dimensions and weights may vary depending on the configuration. Subject to technical changes.


For any mission requirement. The variants of the MG5 product family.

Made for Safety

We want people to be able to live safely. Our products are designed to protect people in free democratic countries from threats and violence. Heckler & Koch is the leading manufacturer of small arms for NATO and EU countries.