HK is suing American Tactical Imports, the company that imports the GSG-5 because HK doesn’t like that the GSG-5 is a .22 LR lookalike to their MP-5.
ATI and GSG have made piles of cash off this gun, as apparently the US market had a near insatiable lust for cool looking .22s; which is borne out by the number of “tactical .22s” on dealer shelves. Despite the fact that HK makes laser accurate handguns and has an endless legion of fans that will buy their guns, they apparently feel the need to go after someone for making a clone of their MP-5.
Well, luckily I have a solution for HK that would solve the problem and avoid all this messy business with the courts. It’s simple, so HK reps listen up: Sell a semi-automatic MP-5 to non-military/LE buyers. Make a carbine version with a fake can and a 16 inch barrel, and an SBR version with the standard barrel. Sell these guns for around $1000 and I would bet my last dollar that you would make a KILLING. I’d buy a fixed stock MP-5 SBR model in a heartbeat, tax stamp be damned.
Sadly, I’m pretty sure that HK would never go for my elegant solution, because they really just don’t like the consumer market.