Victory Arms MC-5

MC5
Calibre: 9x19mm, .45 ACP, .38 Super, .41 Action Express, .40 S&W, 10mm Auto
Barrel: 4.37in (111mm)
Length: N/A
Weight: 1.27kg
Magazine: N/A
Country: United Kingdom/United States
Years: 1987 - 1990

The MC-5 was designed by Victory Arms Ltd., a UK-based company that (to my knowledge) have no other firearms under their name. Production started in 1987 and, for a short time at least, these pistols were manufactured in Northampton, UK, evidenced by markings on slides of early models. However, legal difficulties forced Victory Arms to relocate their place of manufacture, moving it to Florida, where the pistol would be marketed as the "Victory MC5". The design was eventually sold to Magnum Research Inc. of Minneapolis. In around 1990, manufacture ceased for good, due to both poor sales and a lack of funding. To add insult to injury, most of the MC-5 pistols in the UK (the biggest market for these pistols) were confiscated and destroyed after restrictions on handgun ownership were passed in 1997. At the time of writing, there is only one MC-5 pistol confirmed to exist, and it appeared at Holt's Auction in December 2013. The magazine was missing and it was a long-barreled model chambered for .45 ACP, made by Magnum Research Inc., with the serial number "V0026". It was estimated at around £2000 - 3000.

It was a conventional magazine-fed handgun, said to be derived from the Czech Cz.75, with a barrel length of 111mm and a weight of around 1.27kg. It had adjustable square-notch rear sights and a large ramped front sight, both illuminated. The frame was available in both alloy and stainless steel, and both plastic and wooden grips were produced. Perhaps the most attractive feature of the weapon was that it was available in 6 calibres; 9x19mm, .45 ACP, .38 Super, .41 Action Express, .40 S&W and 10mm Auto. Reportedly the weapon could be re-chambered for any of these calibers "in seconds". Also notable is the fact that long-barreled models were produced, with 149mm barrels, although they functioned much the same as the regular model.

After the 90's, it seems the MC-5 just vanished off the face of the earth. There have been rumours that plans had been made to revive the pistol, but as of yet, nothing. Victory Arms Ltd. has no doubt been out of business for some time now. If anything, I think weapons like the MC-5 really do represent the last straw for the UK's firearms industry, whether for better or worse.