Wednesday, November 16

THE HK416 SYSTEM

it aint your daddy's m4 anymore



Inspired by the resounding success of the mid-life improvement program of the British SA80 (L85/L86) Weapons System, Heckler & Koch began a development program to create the HK416 Enhanced Carbine. Working with current users from around the globe, HK set out to produce an Enhanced Carbine that would outperform competing 5.56mm carbines and provide the high degree of performance required by the user community, particularly those within the special operations arena who demand more and expect no compromise when lives are at stake.

High-speed video assessment and extensive live-fire testing in extreme operational environments such as the U.S. Army Desert Proving Ground in Yuma, Arizona revealed multiple areas for improvement of the 5.56 mm carbine. Improvements were made to the internal operating system and miscellaneous component parts to improve reliability in best and worse case scenarios, with all types of ammunition, with all barrel lengths and with and without sound suppressors attached.

An innovative free-floating 4-quadrant rail system designed by HK allows all current standard accessories and sights to be fitted to the HK416 and can be removed without tools. The HK-proprietary gas system does not introduce propellant gases and the associated carbon fouling back into the weapon’s interior. This reduces operator cleaning time, increases the reliability of the weapon and extends the interval between stoppages.

To improve reliability, service life, and operator safety during obstructed bore occurrences or after extreme extended firing sessions, HK has produced its famous cold hammer forged barrel for the HK416 in various lengths to include 10, 14.5, 16.5, and 20 inches.

The highest quality steel is used in this unique manufacturing process producing a barrel that provides superior accuracy for greater than 20,000 rounds with minimal degradation of accuracy and muzzle velocity.
In addition to the improvements in the baseline weapon, HK has produced a high reliability magazine and a proprietary buffer to improve functional reliability.

An add-on single shot 40 x 46mm AG416 enhanced grenade launcher module can be quickly attached to the rail system of all models without tools.
Heckler & Koch has applied its proven and fielded Safety Blank Firing Attachment and Live Round Excluder Magazine technology to the HK416 Carbine, eliminating the possibility of live rounds being loaded into and fired through a standard issue weapon outfitted for blank firing only.

A “drop-in” HK416 upper receiver module and a complete carbine are both
being offered with deliveries beginning in February 2005. The full potential of the 5.56mm carbine has now been realized with the introduction of the HK416.

Unique Features: Short-stroke piston gas system --Improved reliability --100% function --No fouling directed into weapon --Less cleaning --User removable/exchangeable components --Insensitive to barrel length or ammunition changes
Improved buffer system
Improved steel magazine: --Improved feeding reliability, durability, service life
Refined barrel/bolt locking recesses/lugs: --Improved function
Improved extractor and spring, buffer: --Improved function
Enhanced AG-C add-on 40mm grenade launcher
HK cold-hammer forged barrel --Extended service life --Improved accuracy and user safety
HK free-floating modular rail system
Additional ongoing work:
Improved surface finish, ambidextrous controls
Safety Blank Firing Adapter and live round excluder magazine
Integrated reflex sight with nested IR laser aimer and illuminator
Caliber 5.56mm x 45
16.5 and 20 inch variants and upper receiver kits coming soon.

UPDATE:

hey look, it is your daddy's m4


The HK416 featured in this post isnt accessable to the civilian market. The gun above, the Colt MT6400C M4 is available for purchase by the general public here in the amazing ol' US of A. $1200 to $1500 will buy it in most cases. For plinking and hunting little critters it is a sweet shooter.

MODEL MT6400C
NAME Match Target M4
FINISH Matte black
ACTION - Semi Auto
- Gas operated
- Multi-lug rotary locking bolt
CALIBER .223 Rem
CAPACITY 9 Rounds
BARREL LENGTH 16.1”
RIFLING TWIST RH. 1 Turn in 7”
RIFLING GROOVES 6
TRIGGER Smooth
FRONT SIGHT Adjustable post for elevation
REAR SIGHT Adjustable for windage and elevation
SIGHT RADIUS 14¾”
WEIGHT 7.3 lbs
OVERALL LENGTH 35”
SPECIAL FEATURES - Flat top receiver allows for scope mounting
- Compensator
- Non-retractable Buttstock

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