Flex Your Guns 2015 Photo Contest: Week #8

ThePinion’s MP5 Clone


This project started off as a Special Weapons barreled upper and was finished with HK parts.  The configuration is called a “Reverse Stretch”, which means that is has an MP5K/SP89 front end on an standard MP5/HK94 frame.  I went this route because I wanted it to be more compact than an normal MP5, but still use as may standard MP5 parts as possible.  I also added the B&T optic mount, SIG RDS, PTR AR stock adapter, ACE hinge, KAK pistol tube and SBX brace.  Here are the stats…

  • Overall Length: 25.75″
  • Folded Length: 15.8″
  • Barrel Length: 5.85″
  • Weight: 5.5lbs


I absolutely love this gun!  The quality from Special Weapons can be hit or miss, but this one is a gem.  I’ve dreamed of owning an MP5 since I was a kid, and this really did it for me.  I also had the opportunity to try it out at several fight-focused training events last year and it exceeded my expectations in reliability, handling, speed & accuracy.  My performance with it was way better than with my 10.5″ AR. All that in a more compact package…what’s not to like?  This is definitely my favorite PDW type weapon in 9mm.

Pros: Size, weight, effectiveness, and CDI factor.

Cons: 9mm ballistics, cost, and the legal awkwardness of the pistol brace.


I’ve seen this gun run in class, and it was flawless. Custom-built weapons are a curiosity to me — I like the idea that somewhere a specialist (or specialist company) is making very custom weapons for a very specific audience. In an era where everything is mass market, I really like these low-production builds.

CO’s Left-Handed Stag Arms AR15 SBR



This is a SBR AR-15 with a 11.5” Stag Arms Left Hand upper.
  • Surefire M300 mounted on the right side of the rifle
  • MVB Industries Stock
  • Geissle SSA-E Trigger
  • Troy Ambi Magazine Release
  • Surefire 60 Round Magazine
  • VTAC Sling (not pictured)
  • Silencerco Flash hider
  • Daniel Defense Rear Sight
  • TacOps-1 Charging Handle
I love how well this gun handles since it’s so compact. I keep debating on whether or not to add a red dot but I’d hate to add anymore weight. The rifle is plenty accurate in my hands and I continue to enjoy turning money into noise whenever I take it out.When I first saw stocks like NEA’s product I knew I wanted one but all used a proprietary bolt carrier which restricted me to using a right handed gun. Typically using a right handed rifle; shooting left handed, doesn’t bother me but since I wanted to shoot suppressed I knew I wanted to avoid as much gas blow back as possible, so a left hand action is what I used.

When the MVB product came to market and found out you could use your existing bolt carrier I purchased one without giving it much thought. Once I had handed over my money there was about a 2 month lead time before I received the stock during which I started thinking about how would the cheek weld be? Will I engage the stock release shooting it left handed? Will it work? All of my doubts were thankfully put to rest once I installed the stock.I really enjoy shooting with it and have never felt like I needed to treat it with kid gloves. My only complaint so far is more personal than product oriented. I find the length of pull is a bit short for my personally preferred shooting style but it isn’t hard to adapt too. I plan on writing up a review near the end of the summer once I’ve had some more fun with it.

I like seeing builds with the MVB and NEA stocks on them, I think it’s an interesting alternative to the Law Tactical folding adapter, which is very hard to find right now.

DW’s .223 Wylde AR15 SBR

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Speaking of the MVB stock, here’s one on DW’s vSBR AR15 chambered in .223 Wylde.

  • SI-Defense lower
  • Odin Works upper
  • 7.5″ Wylde barrel
  • 9.5″ hand guard
  • Totally ambidextrous
  • Vortex Sparc optic
  • Four function light
  • Overall length of 22″ inches collapsed, ~26-27 inches extended
  • MVB stock
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Here’s what I’m looking for:

  • At least one photo of your firearm. Send me photos of short barreled rifles, short barreled shotguns, point defense weapons, SMGs, AR pistols, or any type of firearm that would fit the theme of this blog.
  • Any details about it that you think other readers would find interesting, such as barrel length, important or unusual components, rarity, etc.
  • One reason you love it or hate it.
  • Email photos of your gun to [email protected]

Here are the contest details:

  • I will choose the firearms to feature each Thursday by myself.
  • You can enter as many times as you want, but once your firearm is featured on a Thursday you can’t submit again for the same contest.
  • Once we hit 10 weeks, the readers (that’s you!) will vote on who wins out of the pre-selected firearms. My own submissions (if any) won’t count.
  • The contest will end on June 18, 2015.
  • Judging will start on June 19, 2015 and close at 11:59PM CDT June 24, 2015.
  • The winner will be notified on June 25, 2015.
  • If your photo is chosen by the community you’ll have five business days to email me a picture of the firearm you submitted plus a piece of paper with your email address written on it. This is very important to make sure the firearm is actually yours. Our friends in law enforcement may enter their unit’s firearms as long as they can provide the evidence linking their email address to their photo.
  • The winner will get their gift card via email, so make sure you send me your photos from a valid email account!

Show us what you’ve got!

About the Author:

Short Barrel Shepherd Short Barrel Shepherd is a regular guy and works to make Web sites and mobile apps easier for people to use. He spends his free time attending fight-focused firearm, knife, and combatives training, motorcycling, writing, and playing games. His daily carry is a Glock 19 pistol and an AR15 .300 Blackout pistol in a backpack.

2 Comments on "Flex Your Guns 2015 Photo Contest: Week #8"

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  1. van der lin says:

    wonder why his performance was better w/ the MP5k than the 9mm AR??

    This makes me think about a L hand AR upper so I dont’ have to each so much gas suppressed…

    • ThePinion says:

      I should have been more specific. The AR I mentioned is a 10.5 inch HK416 upper in 5.56 on a pistol lower. While also a fantastic gun, the MP5 is just SO handy and well balanced that it almost seems like it runs itself. The caliber difference certainly helps with the fast follow-up shots, but at the cost of terminal effectiveness.

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