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Popular Mechanics - Face Time With the HK416—The Gun That Killed Bin Laden

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by wacki, Jun 10, 2011.

  1. wacki

    wacki Well-Known Member

  2. Breakmyfootoff

    Breakmyfootoff Well-Known Member

    You werent kidding when you said the author knew very little about guns, this quote from the article made me lol a little

  3. ShroomFish

    ShroomFish Well-Known Member

    "Maybe one day these will be available to us."

    Well the answer to that is they already are, just not the select fire models...

    Select Fire: HK416 (5.56 NATO)
    Civilian Semi: MR556 (5.56 NATO)

    Select Fire: HK417 (7.62 NATO)
    Civilian Semi: MR762 (7.62 NATO)
  4. kozak6

    kozak6 Well-Known Member

    What a useless article. The article consists half of incorrect technical details, and the other half is about how cool it was to wave it around a little and take some pictures.

    Yep, definitely authoritative. That finally settles it.
  5. merlinfire

    merlinfire Well-Known Member

    Hah, if it really was HK would LOVE to admit it. I'm not sure if we'll ever really know though.
  6. wally

    wally Well-Known Member

    The gun didn't kill him, the man pulling the trigger did!

    To say otherwise is accepting one of the anti's premises.

    However, I sure can't think of a better example of "he needed killing".
  7. Z-Michigan

    Z-Michigan Well-Known Member

    I can't stand the fascination with "what gun killed Osama." I'm eagerly awaiting "what brand of bullet killed Osama" and perhaps inevitably "what sunglasses were the SEALs who killed Osama wearing?"

    Also, once upon a time Popular Mechanics had decent articles. This one is almost incredibly bad.
  8. Bartholomew Roberts

    Bartholomew Roberts Moderator Emeritus

    It is disappointing that a magazine titled "Popular Mechanics" would display such ignorance on the basic mechanics of the topic they are covering.
  9. M-Cameron

    M-Cameron member

    Are those "Homeboy" sights i see on the side of that rifle?
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  10. tkopp

    tkopp Well-Known Member

    The might let you get a couple inches lower when prone, maybe? Still, does look silly.
  11. Sebastian the Ibis

    Sebastian the Ibis Well-Known Member


    Do SEAL's even really carry HK's? Or were they just given a bunch at one point and now HK claims that's all they use.
  12. HorseSoldier

    HorseSoldier Well-Known Member

    Or just give a weapons wrangler a chance to make a reporter look like an utter tool to anyone in the know. ;)

    CAG (aka the artist formerly know as Delta Force) adopted them. It wouldn't surprise me if SEAL Team 6, who occupy the same highest end niche in Naval Special Warfare, did so as well. I don't think they're standard issue for the normal SEAL teams, but a) was never involved in the naval side of SOCOM at all and b) have been out of the army side of that community for three years or so, so don't claim to be an expert.
  13. JustinJ

    JustinJ Well-Known Member

    Dang it, the MR556 is getting more and more tempting.
  14. Tim the student

    Tim the student Well-Known Member

    What a poorly written article.
  15. petrey10

    petrey10 Well-Known Member

    ^ not at $2,400+..... dang
  16. JustinJ

    JustinJ Well-Known Member

    Yeah, $2,400 is overpriced but definitely no more so than some others out there. Good question is why spec ops choose the HK over all the other high end piston AR platforms out there. I would say because while others are very well made HK is the highest quality.
  17. Double Naught Spy

    Double Naught Spy Sus Venator

    Why is it that the HK416 firing 5.56 ammo is considered to be such an amazingly deadly terrorist killing gun when the same ammo fired from a comparable length barrel of the M4 is reported to be so ineffective against terrorists and the M4 platform so pitiful because it just fires the 5.56?

    Is bullet transmogrification typical of HK products?
  18. JustinJ

    JustinJ Well-Known Member

    Maybe because your reading the opinions of many different people and combining them? The HK was designed to improve reliability, not lethality.
  19. Robert

    Robert Moderator

  20. JustinJ

    JustinJ Well-Known Member

    The worst customer service that you'll never need.

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