H&K had some small announcements for SHOT Show 2018, as well as a big one. First things, first — let’s talk about the rifle.
USMC Shoots H&K
The protest period has ended, which means H&K has officially received the contract for the USMC to replace the M4 carbines. The H&K model selected is the M27 Infantry Automatic Rifle, a derivative of the famous H&K 416. The M27 features a 16-inch barrel. This is important for the velocity needed to make 5.56 lethal at that range. It is nice to see the Jarheads getting some nice toys, and some thought put into small arms.
- Cartridge: 5.56 NATO
- Barrel length: 16 in.
- Weight: 7.9 lbs.
- Gas-operated fully automatic
- Unit price: $3,000
- Overall length: 33 in. – 36.3 in.
- Manufacturer: H&K
H&K Moves to GA
The biggest news is a new H&K factory being built in Georgia, not far from Fort Benning. H&K USA will be designing and building guns directly for the US market in the US now, a huge step. H&K has always had a small but fanatical following, at least in the US. But all the guns they sold were basically military models changed to meet civilian legal requirements. It was a huge deal the first time H&K built a pistol with a US-style magazine release. Now, we can look forward to weapons built specific to the US market, our preferred styles are taken into account. This is going to be nothing but positive for H&K, and I can’t wait to see the first one stamped “ Made in Georgia”.
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