The M-5 pistol was developed in 1991-92 timeframe by a private Israeli company called Bul Ltd. Manufacturing of this gun commenced in 1994 and ever since it became quite popular as sporting (IPSC and IDPA), self-defense and service weapon, used by numerous police and special military forces around the world, to include Latin America, Asia and Europe. Produced in a wide spectrum of modifications, Bul M-5 pistols combine time-proven design and ergonomics of legendary US M1911A1 pistol with most modern materials and production techniques.
Bul M-5 is short recoil operated, locked breech pistol that uses Browning-type tilting barrel locking with single swinging link that connects breech of the barrel with the frame. Wide-body frame is produced from impact-resistant polymer and can accommodate any caliber available in M5 product line without any changes (obviously, caliber change requires swapping barrels, magazines, springs and possibly slides).
The single-action trigger system is same as in M1911A1 pistol, providing high accuracy potential and efficient safety measures, combining manual frame-mounted safety and automated grip safety. Pistols utilize double-stack high capacity magazines. Bul M-5 pistols are produced with two frame sizes – standard and carry / Ultra-X. Additional configurations are permitted by installation of either a standard lenght (5″ / 128mm) barrel or “Commander”-style shorter barrel (4,25″ / 107mm) on standard frame; Ultra-X frame is fitted only with short (3,25″/80mm) barrel. Ultra-X frames also use shorter magazines, but also can use longer magazines from full-size models.
For sport purposes Bul manufactures a wide spectrum of specially tuned pistols which may or may not have various additions such as magazine wells, compensated barrels, red-dot sight mounts etc.
These include the Ultimate-Racer, the Modified and the IPSC models. The Ultimate Racer usually comes in 0.38 Super Cal, while the Modified and IPSC in 0.40 S&W.
|M-5 Government||M-5 Commander||M-5 Carry / Ultra-X|
|Type||Single Action semi-automatic|
|Caliber(s)||9x19mm Para, 9x21mm IMI, .38Super, .40SW, .45ACP|
|Weight unloaded||864 g||858 g||730 g|
|Length||220 mm||200 mm||175 mm|
|Barrel length||128 mm||107 mm||80 mm|
|Magazine capacity||18 (9mm/.38), 17 (.40) or 13 (.45) rounds||12 (9mm/.38) or 10 (.45) rounds|