This article was originally posted on Thefirearmblog.com
There are a lot of news about Heckler & Koch right now.
It’s now official, the Special Forces of the German Army (Bundeswehr) will receive the Heckler & Koch HK416 as a new standard firearm.
The model is the HK 416 A7 and it will be called the G95. This designation is a bit surprising as the HK 416 A5 is called G38.
To be honest these names are a lot easier to understand and remember than some of the other in the Heckler & Koch Nomenclature.
The Press Release from the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) states that the HK416A7 has a 14.5″ barrel in 5,56 mm x 45 NATO with a weight of 3 690 gram.
The contract is not huge, some 1 745 pieces of HK 416 A7 rifles and accessories are to be delivered under the contract. There are a lot of discussions and rumors about what the Army is paying for this contract, but very few known facts.
The G95 is to be delivered “only” to the German Special Commando Forces (KSK) and the German Naval Special Commando Forces, and will reach the soldiers in January 2019 and onwards. Already in November 2017 there will be more technical testing of the firearm.
A few rifles, but for the best and most active soldiers.
During my research I found this interesting rumor from the HK Pro forums: “Was chatting with a buddy in Delta…. told me they were field testing an A7 variant.” So we can assume than some testing of the A7 has already begun in various parts of the world.
There are no details what the new model “A7” incorporates in comparison with other models like the A5.
According to Larry Vickers the HK416A7 features a 45 degree safety – “The first time that I am aware of on an HK416.”
Below is a detailed picture of the HK416 A5. Notice the selector is different. Also it seems that HK’s press image of the A7 is using a Magpul PMAG Window. Normally they use steel or translucent magazines in their press pictures, so I’m sure there’s a hint.
To get a little longer back-up sight, it seems the A7 is getting a quick-release iron sight and folding front sight mounted on the barrel.
And the 416 A7 below, sorry for the poor resolution but you take what you get.
And I wonder who will be getting the HK416 A6, if anyone?
Above: A copy of the German Press Release from the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw), which even incorporates a picture of the rifle.