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Bangswitch Blog Review: AA-89 MP5 type Pistol

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The Bangswitch Military Arms Channel Blog on the Atlantic Arms AA-89 MP5 type Pistol

You’ve probably heard of Atlantic Firearms, they’re one of the largest and most respected online gun retailers on the web. They’ve recently kicked their game into high gear by making the jump from retail firearms sales to manufacturing, and one of their first offerings is the new AA-89 series of pistols based on the classic HK-94 / MP5.

As a young man and shooter growing up in the 1980′s I remember the popularity of HK 90 series rifles. The HK91, a .308 caliber rifle, was extremely popular with many shooters.  .308 ammo was abundant and cheap and many folks would shoot hundreds of rounds of the popular .30 caliber military round every weekend — ahh, the good old days. The HK93 wasn’t quite as popular as I recall, but it still had a substantial following. Again, .223/5.56mm ammo was abundant and insanely affordable when compared to todays prices. Then there was the HK94, the 9mm little brother to the 91 and 93, that really wasn’t all that popular. I remember seeing the prices drop as dealers struggled to sell them, it seemed everyone wanted the .308 and .223 versions given the low cost of ammo. The 9mm wasn’t powerful enough and the cost savings wasn’t there to warrant the use of 9mm for target practice — it was much more gratifying to blow up dirt clods with .30 caliber slugs.
AA-89K pistol

The AA-89K pistol looks identical to the SP-89 HK pistol that is no longer imported. This is the semi-automatic pistol version of the HK MP5K SMG.

Then came 1989 and the Bush (41) import ban. Rifles that were once taken for granted rapidly became highly sought after collectables. As time passed the prices skyrocketed and the availability became increasingly limited.

In 1986 Ronald Reagan signed the Hughes Amendment into law that banned the sale of newly manufactured machine guns to civilians. This coupled with the 1989 import ban caused the HK94 to become wildly popular as people sought them out to convert into MP5′s (full-auto version of the HK94) with pre-1986 registered sears. The awkward little 9mm carbine that languished on shelves became the most sought after of the 90 series of rifles.

Today the HK94 / MP5 has reached near cult status and the market for 9mm carbines has never been more ripe. While prices on .223 and .308 ammo continue to climb through the roof, 9mm remains somewhat affordable and as such the market has a hankering for high quality semi-automatic 9mm carbines. Unfortunately, prices on the original HK manufactured model 94 have gotten just plain silly with folks paying upwards of $6,000 for them on sites like GunBroker.com.
AA89 bolt carrier group

The bolt carrier group of the AA89 pistols is US made and has the same dimensions as an original HK produced F bolt.

That leaves the door wide open for a high quality clone of the German designed 9mm carbine, one which Atlantic Arms happily stepped through. Enter the AA-89 9mm pistol.

Atlantic Arms offers two different pistols, one is a full-sized pistol that looks like a standard MP5 SMG with a butt cap vs. a stock which is named the AA-89. The other is a SP-89 type pistol that looks like the MP5-K SMG, but once again featuring a butt cap vs. a side folding stock and is dubbed the AA-89K. Both of these pistols are registered sear pack ready and can accept HK type stocks once you have a Form 1 or Form 4 in hand. As a matter of fact, they also offer (3) carbine versions with 16″ barrels; the AA-94A3, AA-94SF and AA-94K.

The AA-89 pistols are U.S. made which includes the receiver and most small parts. The stainless steel barrel features a fluted chamber (12 flutes) and 3 lugs for the attachment of suppressors.  The bolt is made to the same specs as the HK F style bolt. The bolt carrier is tungsten filled and is of the same type used in the HK SMG rifle, so it’s registered sear pack ready. The cocking tube is stainless steel and the entire pistol is painted in a matte black finish reminiscent of the original HK finish. Atlantic Arms even bore sights the pistols to ensure proper zero and fires a minimum of 30 rounds of Wolf ammo through each gun before being shipped.
AA89 receiver

The US made receivers are nearly identical to their HK produced counterparts. Aside from the manufactures markings, most laymen would have a hard time telling the clone apart from the original.

The pistols ship with (1) 30 round magazine, a padded case and a 1 year warranty. The best part of buying from Atlantic Firearms is that they always stand behind their products. I’ve been buying guns from them for years and while they may not have the absolute lowest prices, they do have the best no BS service of any company I’ve done business with — and that keeps me coming back.

Both can be found on the Atlantic Firearms website under the Atlantic Arms category.

- MAC-
MAC is an avid shooter, former MCSF Marine, NRA member, Oath Keeper and is commissioned as a Colonel by the Governor of Kentucky. Known for his videos on the Military Arms Channel, he also writes for The Bang Switch, for Shotgun News (Be Ready!) and freelances for Guns & Ammo. MAC has been a life long shooter who has an interest in all things that go "bang" but gravitates towards military type firearms. -

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MAC is an avid shooter, former MCSF Marine, NRA member, Oath Keeper and is commissioned as a Colonel by the Governor of Kentucky. Known for his videos on the Military Arms Channel, he also writes for The Bang Switch, for Shotgun News (Be Ready!) and freelances for Guns & Ammo. MAC has been a life long shooter who has an interest in all things that go "bang" but gravitates towards military type firearms. - See more at: http://www.thebangswitch.com/atlantic-arms-aa-89-mp5-type-pistol/#sthash.P6wpbTQO.dpuf
MAC is an avid shooter, former MCSF Marine, NRA member, Oath Keeper and is commissioned as a Colonel by the Governor of Kentucky. Known for his videos on the Military Arms Channel, he also writes for The Bang Switch, for Shotgun News (Be Ready!) and freelances for Guns & Ammo. MAC has been a life long shooter who has an interest in all things that go "bang" but gravitates towards military type firearms. - See more at: http://www.thebangswitch.com/atlantic-arms-aa-89-mp5-type-pistol/#sthash.P6wpbTQO.dpuf

You’ve probably heard of Atlantic Firearms, they’re one of the largest and most respected online gun retailers on the web. They’ve recently kicked their game into high gear by making the jump from retail firearms sales to manufacturing, and one of their first offerings is the new AA-89 series of pistols based on the classic HK-94 / MP5.

As a young man and shooter growing up in the 1980′s I remember the popularity of HK 90 series rifles. The HK91, a .308 caliber rifle, was extremely popular with many shooters.  .308 ammo was abundant and cheap and many folks would shoot hundreds of rounds of the popular .30 caliber military round every weekend — ahh, the good old days. The HK93 wasn’t quite as popular as I recall, but it still had a substantial following. Again, .223/5.56mm ammo was abundant and insanely affordable when compared to todays prices. Then there was the HK94, the 9mm little brother to the 91 and 93, that really wasn’t all that popular. I remember seeing the prices drop as dealers struggled to sell them, it seemed everyone wanted the .308 and .223 versions given the low cost of ammo. The 9mm wasn’t powerful enough and the cost savings wasn’t there to warrant the use of 9mm for target practice — it was much more gratifying to blow up dirt clods with .30 caliber slugs.

AA-89K pistol

The AA-89K pistol looks identical to the SP-89 HK pistol that is no longer imported. This is the semi-automatic pistol version of the HK MP5K SMG.

Then came 1989 and the Bush (41) import ban. Rifles that were once taken for granted rapidly became highly sought after collectables. As time passed the prices skyrocketed and the availability became increasingly limited.

In 1986 Ronald Reagan signed the Hughes Amendment into law that banned the sale of newly manufactured machine guns to civilians. This coupled with the 1989 import ban caused the HK94 to become wildly popular as people sought them out to convert into MP5′s (full-auto version of the HK94) with pre-1986 registered sears. The awkward little 9mm carbine that languished on shelves became the most sought after of the 90 series of rifles.

Today the HK94 / MP5 has reached near cult status and the market for 9mm carbines has never been more ripe. While prices on .223 and .308 ammo continue to climb through the roof, 9mm remains somewhat affordable and as such the market has a hankering for high quality semi-automatic 9mm carbines. Unfortunately, prices on the original HK manufactured model 94 have gotten just plain silly with folks paying upwards of $6,000 for them on sites like GunBroker.com.

AA89 bolt carrier group

The bolt carrier group of the AA89 pistols is US made and has the same dimensions as an original HK produced F bolt.

That leaves the door wide open for a high quality clone of the German designed 9mm carbine, one which Atlantic Arms happily stepped through. Enter the AA-89 9mm pistol.

Atlantic Arms offers two different pistols, one is a full-sized pistol that looks like a standard MP5 SMG with a butt cap vs. a stock which is named the AA-89. The other is a SP-89 type pistol that looks like the MP5-K SMG, but once again featuring a butt cap vs. a side folding stock and is dubbed the AA-89K. Both of these pistols are registered sear pack ready and can accept HK type stocks once you have a Form 1 or Form 4 in hand. As a matter of fact, they also offer (3) carbine versions with 16″ barrels; the AA-94A3, AA-94SF and AA-94K.

The AA-89 pistols are U.S. made which includes the receiver and most small parts. The stainless steel barrel features a fluted chamber (12 flutes) and 3 lugs for the attachment of suppressors.  The bolt is made to the same specs as the HK F style bolt. The bolt carrier is tungsten filled and is of the same type used in the HK SMG rifle, so it’s registered sear pack ready. The cocking tube is stainless steel and the entire pistol is painted in a matte black finish reminiscent of the original HK finish. Atlantic Arms even bore sights the pistols to ensure proper zero and fires a minimum of 30 rounds of Wolf ammo through each gun before being shipped.

AA89 receiver

The US made receivers are nearly identical to their HK produced counterparts. Aside from the manufactures markings, most laymen would have a hard time telling the clone apart from the original.

The pistols ship with (1) 30 round magazine, a padded case and a 1 year warranty. The best part of buying from Atlantic Firearms is that they always stand behind their products. I’ve been buying guns from them for years and while they may not have the absolute lowest prices, they do have the best no BS service of any company I’ve done business with — and that keeps me coming back.

The AA-89 is priced at $1,769 and the AA-89K is priced at $1,799. Both can be found on the Atlantic Firearms website under the Atlantic Arms category.

- See more at: http://www.thebangswitch.com/atlantic-arms-aa-89-mp5-type-pistol/#sthash.P6wpbTQO.dpuf

You’ve probably heard of Atlantic Firearms, they’re one of the largest and most respected online gun retailers on the web. They’ve recently kicked their game into high gear by making the jump from retail firearms sales to manufacturing, and one of their first offerings is the new AA-89 series of pistols based on the classic HK-94 / MP5.

As a young man and shooter growing up in the 1980′s I remember the popularity of HK 90 series rifles. The HK91, a .308 caliber rifle, was extremely popular with many shooters.  .308 ammo was abundant and cheap and many folks would shoot hundreds of rounds of the popular .30 caliber military round every weekend — ahh, the good old days. The HK93 wasn’t quite as popular as I recall, but it still had a substantial following. Again, .223/5.56mm ammo was abundant and insanely affordable when compared to todays prices. Then there was the HK94, the 9mm little brother to the 91 and 93, that really wasn’t all that popular. I remember seeing the prices drop as dealers struggled to sell them, it seemed everyone wanted the .308 and .223 versions given the low cost of ammo. The 9mm wasn’t powerful enough and the cost savings wasn’t there to warrant the use of 9mm for target practice — it was much more gratifying to blow up dirt clods with .30 caliber slugs.

AA-89K pistol

The AA-89K pistol looks identical to the SP-89 HK pistol that is no longer imported. This is the semi-automatic pistol version of the HK MP5K SMG.

Then came 1989 and the Bush (41) import ban. Rifles that were once taken for granted rapidly became highly sought after collectables. As time passed the prices skyrocketed and the availability became increasingly limited.

In 1986 Ronald Reagan signed the Hughes Amendment into law that banned the sale of newly manufactured machine guns to civilians. This coupled with the 1989 import ban caused the HK94 to become wildly popular as people sought them out to convert into MP5′s (full-auto version of the HK94) with pre-1986 registered sears. The awkward little 9mm carbine that languished on shelves beca

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