HECKLER & KOCH DEFENSE INC.
21480 Pacific BoulevardSterling, Virginia 20166 U.S.A.Tel (703) 450-1900Fax (703) 450-8163 (Military Programs)Fax (703) 450-8160 (Federal Law Enforcement)www.hk-defense.us
Inspired by the resounding success of themid-life improvement program of the BritishSA80 (L85/L86) Weapons System, Heckler &Koch began a development program tocreate the HK416 Enhanced Carbine.Working with current users from aroundthe globe, HK set out to produce anEnhanced Carbine that would outperformcompeting 5.56mm carbines and providethe high degree of performance required bythe user com-munity,particularly thosewithin the special operations arena whodemand more and expect no compromisewhen lives are at stake.High-speed video assessment andextensive live-fire testing in extremeoperational environments such as the U.S.Army Desert Proving Ground in Yuma,Arizona revealed multiple areas forimprovement of the 5.56 mm carbine.Improvements were made to the internaloperating system and miscellaneouscomponent parts to improve reliability inbest and worse case scenarios, with all typesof ammunition, with all barrel lengths andwith and without sound suppressorsattached.An innovative free-floating 4-quadrant railsystem designed by HK allows all currentstandardaccessories and sights to be fittedto the HK416 and can be removed withouttools.The HK-proprietary gas system does notintroduce propellant gases and theassociated carbon fouling back into theweapon’sinterior. This reduces operatorcleaning time, increases the reliability of the
HK416 Enhanced CarbineCaliber 5.56x45mm NATO
HK416 model D10RS (10-inch barrel, retractable stock) shown with optional HKdiopter sights, free-floating rail system, HK high-reliability 30-round steel magazine, and sling.
HK416 model D10RS with HK AG416 40x46mmadd-on grenade launcher.
5.56x45mm NATO(.223 Remington)
Gas operated, firing from aclosed bolt.
Refined rotating bolt head withmultiple locking lugs
Modes of Fire
Semi-automatic, full automatic
HK high-reliability 20 or 30-roundsteel box magazine
Cyclic Rate ofFire
700-900 rounds per minute
D10RS model – 7.3 lbD145RS model – 7.7 lbU10" upper – 5.0 lbU145" upper – 5.5 lb
D10RS model – 10.5"D145RS model – 14.5"
D10RS (retracted) – 27.0"D10RS (extended) – 30.9"D145RS (retracted) – 31.0"D145RS (extended) – 34.9"
Height (w/o sights)
4.5 – 6.0 lb.
1in 7", right hand
•Short-stroke piston gas system-Improved reliability and function withoutH2Ofording-No fouling directed into weapon, less cleaning-User removable/exchangeable-Insensitive to barrel length or ammunition changes•Improved buffer system•Improved steel magazine (30 and 20-round capacities)-Improved feeding reliability,durability,service life•Refined barrel/bolt locking recesses/lugs-Improved function•Improved extractor and spring, buffer-Improved function•Enhanced AG416 add-on 40mm grenade launcher•HK cold-hammer forged barrel-Extended service life, improved accuracy and usersafety•HK free-floating rail system (same height as upper receiver)•Safety Blank Firing Adapter and Live Round ExcluderMagazine•Beveled and flared magazine well
Additional ongoing work
•Improved surface finish, ambidextrous controls•Integrated reflex sight with nested IR laser aimer andilluminator•Match 2-stage trigger mechanism•16.5" and 20" variants
Drop-in HK416Upper Receiverkit with 10 inchbarrel, boltgroup, buffer,buffer spring,HK steelmagazine, andmanual
weapon and extends the interval betweenstoppages.Toimprove reliability,service life, andoperator safety during obstructed boreoccurrences or after extreme extended firingsessions, HK has produced its famous coldhammer forged barrel for the HK416 invarious lengths to include 10, 14.5, 16.5,and 20 inches.The highest quality steel is used in thisunique manufacturing process producing abarrel that provides superior accuracy forgreater than 20,000 rounds with minimaldegradation of accuracy and muzzle velocity.In addition to the improvements in thebaseline weapon, HK has produced a high-reliability magazine and a proprietary bufferto improve functional reliability.An add-on single shot 40 x 46mm AG416enhanced grenade launcher module can bequickly attached to the rail system of allmodels without tools.Heckler & Koch has applied its provenand fielded Safety Blank Firing Attachmentand Live Round Excluder Magazinetechnology to the HK416 Carbine,eliminating the possibility of live roundsbeing loaded into and fired through astandard issue weapon outfitted for blankfiring only.A“drop-in” HK416 upper receivermodule and a complete carbine are bothbeing offered with deliveries beginning inFebruary 2005. The full potential of the5.56mm carbine has now been realized withthe introduction of the HK416.