Re: HK 417
Tranter I have loved and abused a 416 pretty thoroughly and fired 417's enough to be familiar. On the 417, as soon as it (HK's) was jump tested etc etc they started limited service. I don't know I'd call them "future weapons", but I'm sure they made a good TV show. Where I worked we fielded the M110 before it was even the XM110, as far as I know, by buying off the shelf versions in early 2004. We were already using what the new guys showed up with calling it the newest. Of course the M110 and 417 are different designs for different roles, but both 7.62 AR's.
The 417 is superior to probably any 7.62 AR you can go buy and gives even Knight a run for its money. But it's not revolutionary in any design feature, the piston adds weight but not necessarily reliability, and in my opinion an FN FAL is as controllable because of the pistol grip....the M14 sucks on full-auto because of the stock, not the caliber.
If they did a show on HK 416/417, they should of did it on the magazines...those are what is news worthy...
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