If you haven't seen the stats for the new H-K 416 rifle here they are.
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 5.56mm 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, and increases the reliability of the HK416 Enhanced Carbine Caliber 5.56x45mm NATO HK416 model D10RS (10-inch barrel, retractable stock) with optional HK diopter sights, free-floating rail system, HK high-reliability 30-round steel magazine, and sling. HK416 model D10RS with HK AG416 40x46mm add-on grenade launcher.
The elimination of the gas tube typical of the Stoner AR15/M16 dirext gas operating system means that the HK416 will function normally even if the weapon is fired full of water without first being drained.
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.
The goal of the program was to offer a 5.56mm carbine that will fire 20,000 rounds without cleaning, lubrication, stoppages, or parts replacement.
In addition to the improvements in the baseline weapon, HK has produced a high-reliability magazine and a proprietary buffer to improve funtional reliability.
An add-on single shot 40x46mm 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.
Ã¢Â€Â¢ Short-stroke piston gas system
Ã¢Â€Â¢ Improved buffer system
Ã¢Â€Â¢ Improved steel magazine (30 and 20-round capacities)
Ã¢Â€Â¢ Refined barrel/bolt locking recesses/lugs
Ã¢Â€Â¢ Improved extractor and spring, buffer
Ã¢Â€Â¢ Enhanced AG416 add-on 40mm grenade launcher
Ã¢Â€Â¢ HK cold-hammer forged barrel
Ã¢Â€Â¢ HK free-floating rail system (same height as upper receiver)
Ã¢Â€Â¢ Safety Blank Firing Adapter and Live Round Excluder Magazine
Ã¢Â€Â¢ Beveled and flared magazine well
Caliber Capacity Length Width Height Sight Radius Barrel Length Weight Cyclic Rate
5.56x45mm NATO 20/30 27.0"/30.9" 2.25" 7.25" Varies by system 10.5" 7.3 lbs. 700-900 rounds per minute
5.56x45mm NATO 20/30 31.0"/34.9" 2.25" 7.25" Varies by system 14.5" 7.7 lbs. 700-900 rounds per minute