In the 1125 total rounds I pressed through the rifle from day 1 with no cleanings, no disassembly and no TLC there were no failures to feed, stovepipes or failures to eject. In fact the HK416 22 Tactical ejects rounds very emphatically. Probably somewhere in the neighborhood of 15-20 feet 90 degrees straight out from the shooter. I ran a variety of ammo through the HK416 22 clone most of it primarily inexpensive over the counter and bulk ammo rimfire shooters everywhere would pick up for a day of varmint hunting or plinking. I didn’t use any hardcore match ammo or Eley rimfire ammo to try and coax more reliability from it. Also I don’t mind admitting I pay for everything out of pocket and am a bit of a cheapskate. Here is a list of the ammo I ran through the HK416 22 Tactical in no particular order:
CCI Mini Mag, CCI Stinger, CCI AR 22 Tactical, Federal Classic, Federal Lightning, Federal Match Target, Remington Golden Bullet, Thunderbolt, Remington Subsonic, Winchester Super X, Winchester High Speed, Winchester Wildcat, Blazer Brass.
All of the above mentioned ammo is a combination of round nose, hollow point, copper jacketed and full led cast bullets ranging from speeds in the 1050 fps range to 1400 fps. Some ran very clean and some was filthy. The dirty stuff was obvious just by how nasty my hands would become when loading the magazines. I didn’t do any specific accuracy testing but on my final day of running the rifle review with the Nikon P-22 Rimfire scope on it routine groups of 1″ at 50 yards with the CCI AR 22 Tactical ammo were routine. In testing the scope and backing up from 50-150 yards the shot pattern spread out significantly (like to the 2 foot range), but even at 150 yards it was easy to shoot “Minute of Bad Guy” shooting offhand with the optic. Seeing as how the rifle’s peripheral specs are an outstanding match for the big boy HK416 (which I got to shoot at range day for SHOT Show 2012) everything from the grip to the collapsible butt stock to the quad rail forend all handle exceptionally well and comfortably.
The rifle is topped with what at first glance appears to be a perfect mirror of the famed HK diopter sights, and they are close, but they’re 100% stationary which means when they’re clamped down on the rail they’re there for good. Foldable backup sights would be a plus for co-witnessing which would be a positive addition if this rifle is to be used for training purposes. That said, the Carl Walther built HK416 22 Tactical came zeroed dead on at 25 yards with the iron sights and they didn’t lose zero after taking them off and on multiple times. The picatinny rails the rifle is covered with are solid and rigid as can be but a bit jagged and unfriendly in places. Once I added some snap on rail covers the discomfort disappeared.
Takedown initially is no different from the outside in than you would anticipate from any AR pattern rifle. Unfortunately that’s where the similarities end. Unlike taking the bolt or .22 conversion out of your AR upper there’s no more simple field stripping for the upper or lower of the HK416 22 Tactical Rifle. Any carbon or lead residue and fouling has to be painstakingly scraped out of the action by hand or invest in some gun scrubber (generic endorsement for a variety of products) to help get where your scraper can’t without a full and frustrating disassembly.
My second and final beef comes in by way of trigger operation. The rifle I received from Umarex USA had an initial trigger pull gauging at a whopping 10 pounds! That’s even a couple pounds heavier than even the crappiest stock AR triggers most commonly floating around in parts kits old and new. In complete truth though after the first couple of magazines (incidentally the Colt brand and HK brand magazines both from Umarex work in this rifle) I got used to the trigger and it seemed much less obnoxious. That and the fact that it seems to be smoothing out a bit the more I break it in it’s an oversight I’m willing to make.
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