If you buy the direct from H&K product, the MR556, you are not getting an HK416. Yes it’s piston drive. Yes it’s an AR with a quad rail or their funky version of keymod. But it is a distinct product with a different barrel and receiver set.
Brownells with their 416 kits and reproduction receiver/barrel sets has sought to correct this market deficiency. H&K has a history of not giving us what we want due to… reasons, I guess… but Brownells along with H&K has given us an avenue to a close reproduction 416, not a German law neutered export.
The MR556 has faced legitimate criticisms for not being the 416, and this video is illustrative of those points. Henry and Josh delve into the main component differences after showing the rifles impressive legs.
I would like to see (mostly because these guys have the range access for it I do not) a series of ‘reruns’ on rifles that have been used in the past to collect data on just how much an LPVO can improve hit probability over traditional optical setups. I think some of the poorer performing service rifles would see a significant boost. I want to run the X95 SBR in such a format as the Tavor with Meprolight put in a mediocre showing.
Henry and Josh mention it in relation to the Vortex Razor. Optics matter, good optics allow shooters to take advantage of more of the rifle’s base capabilities. I’d like to see the M16/M4 done with a Razor on them and then a breakdown of the 4 optical systems. Irons, Red Dot, ACOG, and LPVO. Run the rifles up close too. I’m pretty certain of the trend we would see on accuracy and time but I like independent confirmation.