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Heckler & Koch Defense Begins Deliveries of the New HK416 Carbine and Rifle System

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Sterling, Virginia — The enhanced HK416 carbine and rifle system developed by Heckler & Koch Defense is now being delivered to military units and federal law enforcement agencies on a priority basis. A number of HK416 carbines are reportedly already in the hands of American military forces fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“We look forward to getting even more HK416s to the front lines in the Global War on Terrorism and to America’s Homeland Security personnel,” said Peter Simon, HK Defense President. “These weapons offer a significant improvement over other 5.56 mm systems in terms of reliability and durability. First reports from the field show that the HK416s are performing superbly.”

The HK416 is a 5.56 mm caliber weapon that uses an HK proprietary operating system originally developed for and used in other Heckler & Koch models such as the G36. Recognized for their reliability and ruggedness, HK G36 rifles and carbines are used by the militaries of Germany, Spain, and Norway as well as the police and security forces of many countries. The HK416 design also offers a proprietary Heckler & Koch free-floating rail system that is removable without tools and allows existing accessories like lights, aiming devices, and hand grips to be easily installed. An HK 40 mm side-loading grenade launcher can also be added by the operator without the use of tools.

The HK416 features the famous HK cold-hammer forged barrel for an intended bore service life of 20,000+ rounds of firing. An improved bolt and buffer system contributes to added reliability.

The HK416 is available in four configurations, including carbine (10.4 and 14.5 inch barrels) and rifle (16.5 and 20 inch barrels) lengths. Upper receiver kits for the conversion of existing “legacy” weapons are already available and being sold by Heckler & Koch.

About Heckler & Koch

Heckler & Koch is the world’s premier small arms systems company and a major supplier to global military, law enforcement agencies, and civilian shooters. An innovative leader in design and manufacturing, Heckler & Koch provides technologically advanced firearms, logistical support, training, and specialized services with the highest standards of innovation and reliability to its customer base. Heckler & Koch’s well-known range of products include the USP series pistols, MP5 submachine gun, the MP7 Personal Defense Weapon, the UMP submachine gun, and the G36 weapon system.

For further information, please contact:
HK-USA Public Relations
Tel: 1-703-450-1900 extension 226 in the USA
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