The MP5 is an iconic weapon for the past 40 years. It has been seen in countless movies and video games. One accessory for the MP5 shines brighter than the rest. That is the integrated forearm light. SureFire made the most common light for the MP5.
The light is antiquated as it is incandescent. However SureFire lights are like Lego. Many of their parts are interchangeable. You can use any 6P style drop in LED like Malkoff devices or Oveready lights and update your MP5 weaponlight with copious amounts of lumens.
However a problem arises when you want to attach a suppressor with the SureFire handguard. As you can see in the photos above, there is not much room between the muzzle and the light. So if you want to run suppressed, you end up having to remove the flashlight head.
One option that SureFire made to alleviate this problem was to build an offset adapter. Below you can see the A15 SureFire adapter. There is another adapter called the A17 that allows the user to position the head of the flashlight in any position in an arc around the handguard without unscrewing the adapter from the handguard.
The offset adapter does the job but as you can see it sticks out rather far and looks awkward.
Another option is by Steiner Laser Devices. They made a similar handguard design but with the proper offset.
Above are two different versions of the Steiner Laser Devices MP5 handguard. The top one has female threads for the flashlight head with a custom integrated laser. The bottom handguard has a smaller head and the handguard has male threading. That handguard has a momentary tape switch with a rocker constant on/off switch.
I am not sure if this was planned or by luck, but both handguards are compatible with SureFire heads.
The first handguard is compatible with SureFire’s Millenium Weaponlights. So the White/IR Vampire KM3 head fits this handguard. Or you can use the older L60 adapter and put on a 6P style head with LED drop-in.
Here is an extreme example of Legoing some SureFire components. With the setup below, the light produces 1,000 lumens.
The second handguard, with the smaller head, is compatible with SureFire’s Scoutlight and Executive series lights. I have a KM2 Vampire head from a M620V weapon light.
Even with an Osprey 45 suppressor, the light does not impede with the can. The light clears the can and still illuminates the target. There is a little bit of barrel shadow at 12 O’Clock but it is fine.
The SureFire handguards are perfect and work great but if you want to run suppressed, they probably will not work for you. The SureFire handguards can be purchases used starting at $100. New ones are upwards of $600. I picked up these two Steiner handguards off Ebay for around $100 each. I already had the SureFire parts and so I lucked out that they worked. Of course you can opt for a railed handguard and attach any weaponlight of your choice. But there is something about integrated lights on an MP5 that makes it cooler.
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