Apparently H&K is having some trouble with reliability on the 416 under combat conditions.Â From today’s Tactical Wire:
The Tactical Wire has learned from very reliable sources that the US military has encountered significant problems with H&K Model 416s in combat conditions. HK has suspended production pending an internal investigation and inspection of that weapon system.
You know what would help work a lot of these kinks out?Â Selling your crap to the civilian market.Â No, we don’t shoot under “combat conditions” but enough of us shoot recreationally in enough conditions that a lot of the reliability problems will be found.Â Soldiers shouldn’t have to work out bugs in their weapons systems while other people are shooting at them.
But thanks to this country’s importation laws, and H&K’s lack of interest in exploring the U.S. civilian market for semi-automatic versions of their rifles, our soldiers are getting stuck with gear that hasn’t really been thoroughly tested and debugged.