Here is the FULL REVIEW of the HK 416-22 carbine.
Last week I got the HK 416-22 rifle I’m reviewing out again to do some hard ammo dumps and work on getting the round count up. Previously I had ran 350 rounds of assorted .22 Long Rifle ammunition through the AR replica .22 rifle with no trouble at all. The integrated front and rear (it’s a BUIS system but they don’t flip down) sights came just a shade low at 25 yards and the rear diopter style sights adjusts nicely depending on the distance I’m shooting at.
This time out I grabbed a mostly full box of el-cheapo Federal Classic bulk box .22 Long Rifle ammo to the tune of another 320 rounds through the rifle. The rifle functioned perfectly with exception of 2 failures to fire which I’m blaming entirely on the ammunition. Upon inspection I noted a fair sized indentation from the rimfire firing “pin” so it definitely wasn’t related to a soft strike or a partial seat of the round or anything like that. What I didn’t like that happened on both rounds was the extractors release of the rim following the round’s failure to discharge. When the charging handle is cleared the round stayed chambered rather than tossing the recalcitrant round into the sand. It was easy enough to dig out with my knife, but not a practical system for removal under training circumstances.
To this point too the 20 round magazine has performed perfectly as have the safety, bolt function and is feeding flawless regardless of the type or power of the ammunition we’ve used. Which to this point is about 11 different brands/types. This has been one of those rifles that sort of grows on you the more you shoot it. The weight is good, the trigger seems to be smoothing out a bit and in terms of accuracy from an AR style platform it’s exceeded expectations.
Current round count: 670