That means less to no carbon gases being blasted back into the upper receiver making it foul and susceptible to jamming.
The HK is purported to be currently in use by Delta Force, with SF using the S.C.A.R.
So the HK has a better feeding system. But if that wasn't enough, it turns out you don't even have to buy an all new rifle! You only have to replace the upper receiver!
"According to the solicitation for the new upper receiver assemblies, the 416 "allows Soldiers to replace the existing M4 upper receiver with an HK proprietary gas system that does not introduce propellant gases and the associated carbon fouling back into the weapon's interior."
But after wasting around $33 million on the XM8 system, which was dropped back in '05, the Army is, "still spending money looking for another technology while Soldiers use what many say is an inferior weapon in harsh combat conditions."
Now, don't get me wrong, I love my Army (that's right, this is MY Army). But this is a plain bone head move. You burn through $33,000,000 on a weapon system that never even made it out of the lab, but you're going to ignore what is proven by professional shooter's as a better weapon!?!
Okay, I need to calm down. I can always just buy a civilian version for myself. If you are reading this and HAVE fired the HK 416, please drop me a review so that I can get first hand info on this.
At least they appear to have gotten something right with the new body armor that will begin fielding soon. But would it have made more sense to go with the controversial Dragon Skin?