The purpose of this page is to compare and contrast HK rifle parts manufactured in Germany with HK rifle parts manufactured by Pakistan Ordnance Factory (POF), with particular attention to fit and finish. POF is a licensed manufacturer of parts, accessories, and complete firearms. They are ISO 9000/1 certified and make parts for the German government as well as military and law enforcement sales world wide. Currently, the supply of German manufactured parts is at an all-time low, combined with prices being at an all-time high. A potential source for competitively priced parts and accessories bears consideration – provided the quality is acceptable.When the owner of Pakistan Ordnance Factory – USA called me to ask if I would like to carry their product, I replied “Of course not – Paki stuff is crap.” He invited me to his warehouse to examine for myself and I admit I was quite skeptical at first. I had seen some parts over the last 15 years, allegedly of Pakistani origin, that were not too impressive. POF realizes that access to the US commercial market requires parts that are not just functional, but also cosmetically appealing and the “new” POF products are very nice.
Like the S-E-F group above, notice the paint lettering on the German is more precise than the POF group. The 4-position German is an MP-5K PDW/SP89 group; the POF is an MP5 unit. the paint in the lettering is wider and less neatly done than the German. The grain texture on the selector is slightly coarser than the German, but I had to have both together to tell which was which. The German 4-position has two pins through the hollow rear side of the trigger, the POF does not: it has the same style trigger as the German S-E-There is no discernable differences between the housings other than the phosphate coating is slightly darker on the POF. The hammer has a “Q” engraved by electro-pencil on its face as well as number or letter codes on the trigger and some other parts (located by arrows) that are absent from the German. I originally thought these might be serial numbers, but since I have multiple packs with the same number, I now believe them to be a part number.
The German wide green handguard is slightly darker than the POF, however I have seen a greater variance in color among German magazines from different production years.POF and German Black match in shade.
The German handguard does not have the spring clip for the three-point tactical sling. I have unconfirmed information that the handguard, obtained from Germany, is a British Aerospace (Germany’s parent company up until 2004) contract unit. The German unit has a date code, the POF has the same oval mark with no date code.The striations from the stamping of the bipod groove are slightly more pronounced on the POF unit, however the sanding marks on the ventral mould seam are more pronounced on the German.
The conclusions are first for those who do not wish to read the entire review. Most POF parts are of identical design and quality of manufacture to the German. Some have corrosion resistant finishes that are superior in function to the German, however cosmetically less appealing. On some products, the fine finish work, such as painting in the positions on the trigger packs, is inferior to the German; on others, such as plastic furniture, it is superior. German parts typically are much higher priced (sometimes 200% higher) and of limited availability. In their first two years of business, POF-USA maintained a good inventory of parts. Since the last half of 2005, however, inventory has become disappointingly erratic.If you are a collector and do not shoot your guns, but rather rather have them displayed on an alter where you take off all your clothes, light candles and incense, and just LOOK at them, perhaps the German manufacture will be more satisfying. If you shoot your guns, the high quality and reasonable pricing of the POF products will allow you to buy more and shoot more than when purchasing the German counterpart.