is what I'm talking about - the look,
the firepower - the
Shooters and would-be shooters, Rule of thumb: If it's
got the Heckler & Koch brand, get it!
Nazi Germany brought
us the Granddaddy of All Assault Rifles - the StG 44 Sturmgewehr
West German arms manufacturer Heckler & Koch is
responsible for a distinguished line of great guns, like the MP-5
submachinegun, the G11 assault rifle and the H&K SR9 sniper
By all indications, the German gun makers aren't
slowing down, not when there's a market for lightweight, dependable,
fast-shooting, man-portable weapons and the Special Ops teams to
And when us Yanks and the Krauts put our heads
together, we usually come up with a winner.
Such is true of the Heckler & Koch 416 assault
rifle. The 416 is really an M4 carbine (can you say, Colt U.S.A.?)
with a new gas system, compliments of Heckler & Koch's H&K
G36 assault rifle.
The H&K416 comes
as a complete
or an upper receiver that fits any AR15 lower receiver.
That's the beauty of gun mixing and matching - like
the deal between H&K and Colt. (Throw in an Israeli gun maker or
buyer, and you get an extra egg roll.) Gun modularity - the
ability to swap out gun parts - is what makes today's world of
guns interesting. Take the AR15, the civilian version of the M16.
Modularity makes it possible to keep the lower and mount something
new and bigger on top.
For example, you have an AR15, but you lack a big-bore
gun to hunt moose in Alaska.
Take your AR15 .223 upper off and add something a tad
bigger, like the .458 SOCOM. Problem solved. Now you have all those
big, shiny 250- to 600-grain bullets and the cannon to shoot them in.
Just don't take your new moose gun to Africa - they
may not let you in with it.
The H&K416 is a gas-operated, rotating bolt gun
designed by Herr Ernst Mauch. It has been in service since 2005 and
used in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Unlike the SOCOM mentioned
above, the standard H&K416 is chambered for 5.56x45mm NATO,
although there is a larger version chambered for the 7.62x51mm NATO
and a half-dozen or more military and commercial variants.
Empty, the 416 weighs slightly more than 6 1/2
pounds. With the stock extended, it has an overall length of 27 1/2
inches and a barrel length of 10.4 inches (other barrel lengths
include 14 1/2, 16 1/2 and 19.9 inches). The H&K416 is
sure to make its presence felt on the field of battle with 20- or
30-round STANAG magazines and an impressive cycle rate of 850 rounds
per minute. A cool, four-sided rail (top, bottom and sides) allows
the range of lighting, optical and ranging devices to be bedded to
the H&K416, further enhancing the modularity and battlefield
efficiency of this new H&K assault rifle.