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ZENITH FIREARMS MKE Z-5RS

IMPORTER: ZENITH FIREARMS (DEPT. AR), 10950 ROCKFISH VALLEY HIGHWAY., SUITE C,
AFTON, VA 22929; (434) 202-7790; ZENITHFIREARMS.COM
17.87"

surrounds the cocking tube and barrel, and, projecting outward from
the left side, is a sling attachment
point. The front sight is a fixed post
in a protective ring. Welded to the
rear of the receiver is a windageand elevation-adjustable steel drum
sight. Four apertures enable sighting in varying lighting conditions
and ranges. Further diversifying the
gun's sighting options is a 5¼"-long
Picatinny base that's affixed to the
top of the receiver by four socket
head cap screws and wedge nuts.
There are dual magazine releases;
a push-button release is on the right
side of the receiver, while a winged/
flanged-type latch is forward of the
trigger guard. Feeding the MKE Z-5RS
are the Turkish company's magazines,
three of which are provided. The
curved, steel, staggered-column magazines hold 30 rounds of 9 mm Luger
and have witness holes.
Aside from the magazine releases,
the remainder of the fire controls are
found in the polymer trigger housing
assembly, which has an integral pistol
grip and a generous trigger guard. Gone
is the traditional selector switch (the
third position indicator is molded into
the assembly but cannot be reached);
it now serves as a simple two-position
safety; "0" is "safe", while flipping the
paddle to "1" readies it to fire. Part of
a "trigger pack," the oversize trigger
broke at 5 lbs., 12 ozs., after noticeable
creep but no overtravel. Trigger reset
was exceptionally short.
The beauty of the MP5 design lies
not only in its reliability and accuracy,
but also in its simplicity. Removing
three pins is all that's needed for
thorough cleaning. Withdraw the
takedown pin from the steel buttcap
and it can slide off, allowing the
bolt carrier and recoil spring to be
removed. Moving forward, at the front
of the trigger assembly is a takedown
pin that, when withdrawn, allows the
aforementioned piece to be removed
for cleaning the trigger pack. Lastly, a
single pin holds the polymer handguard in place.
To test the Z-5RS, we topped it with
a Leupold LCO red-dot sight and headed
to the range with an assortment of

8.9"
8.5"

FRAME: STEEL
RIFLING: SIX-GROOVE, 1:9.8" RH
MAGAZINE: MP5-PATTERN; 30-ROUND
DETACHABLE BOX

SIGHTS: FRONT POST, ELEVATION- AND
WINDAGE-ADJUSTABLE REAR DRUM
TRIGGER: SINGLE-STAGE;
5-LB., 12-OZ. PULL
WIDTH: 23⁄8"
WEIGHT: 5 LBS., 8 OZS.
ACCESSORIES: OWNER'S MANUAL,
LOCK, TWO EXTRA MAGAZINES
MSRP: $1,800

MANUFACTURER: MKE (TURKEY)
CHAMBERING: 9 MM LUGER
ACTION TYPE:
ROLLER-DELAYED-BLOWBACK-OPERATED,
SEMI-AUTOMATIC CENTER-FIRE PISTOL
SHOOTING RESULTS (50 YDS.)

9 MM LUGER
CARTRIDGE

VEL. @ 5'
(F.P.S.)

ENERGY
(FT.-LBS.)

NOSLER MATCH
GRADE HANDGUN
124-GR. JHP

1258 AVG.
14 SD

436

1.77

2.40

2.17

SIG SAUER V-CROWN
147-GR. JHP

1038 AVG.
26 SD

352

1.15

2.15

1.55

WINCHESTER
W TRAIN & DEFEND
147-GR. FMJ

1045 AVG.
18 SD

356

1.27

2.02

1.65

AVERAGE EXTREME SPREAD

GROUP SIZE (INCHES)
LARGEST
AVERAGE
SMALLEST

1.79

NOTES: MEASURED AVERAGE VELOCITY FOR 10 SHOTS FROM AN 8.9" BARREL OVER A COMPETITION
ELECTRONICS CHRONOGRAPH AT 5 FT. ACCURACY RESULTS FOR FIVE CONSECUTIVE, FIVE-SHOT
GROUPS AT 50 YDS. FROM A BAG REST. TEMPERATURE: 66° F. HUMIDITY: 51%. ABBREVIATIONS:
FMJ (FULL METAL JACKET), JHP (JACKETED HOLLOW POINT), SD (STANDARD DEVIATION).

ammunition to check functioning and
accuracy. While the former consisted of
a mishmash of remnants from previous handgun tests, the latter included:
Winchester W Train & Defend 147-gr.
full metal jackets; Nosler Match Grade
Handgun 124-gr. jacketed hollow
points; and SIG Sauer 147-gr. V-Crown
jacketed hollow points. As is evident
from the accompanying table, when
firing from a sandbag rest at 50 yds.,
the Z-5RS was capable of amazing
accuracy. We were quite surprised. Of
the loads, though, the SIG ammunition
edged out the Winchester not only in
overall average for five consecutive,
five-shot groups, but also the tightest
single group-1.15". Interestingly, the
only load to cause the MKE Z-5RS to
hiccup-during feeding-was also the
SIG Sauer load. We attribute it to the
V-Crown's profile and extra-wide meplat.
AMERICANRIFLEMAN.ORG

JULY 2017

With accuracy testing completed,
we then function fired the MKE Z-5RS
using a variety of 9 mm Luger loads and
practiced more realistic defensive drills.
No further malfunctions occurred, and
the pistol was capable of accurate fire
from a variety of shooting positions.
As can be expected from a company that's licensed to manufacture
authentic MP5s, the quality of craftsmanship found on the MKE Z-5RS
was good overall. There were a few
tooling marks, but nothing egregious.
Concerning fit and finish, our only
criticism was that the muzzle crown
appeared inconsistent, though it obviously didn't affect accuracy.
For most shooters, owning a
real H&K MP5 might be the stuff of
fantasy. Thanks to Zenith Firearms
and MKE, you can have a comparable
facsimile, the MKE Z-5RS.

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