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Face Time With the HK416 - The Gun That Killed Bin Laden (Pop Mechanics-they're pretty sure)
Popular Mechanics ^ | N/A | Joe Pappalardo

Posted on 06/11/2011 11:49:12 PM PDT by STARWISE

PM got to spend some time recently with the world's newest celebrity weapon: the HK416, the U.S. Special Forces assault rifle that (we're pretty sure) killed Osama bin Laden

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The World's Newest Celebrity WeaponHeads turn eagerly as painfully bright sunlight pours through an opening door of a dark New York City warehouse. Smiles mix with the winces; a celebrity has arrived.

Two men in black T-shirts step into the shadowy building, carrying opposite ends of a large green case; they place it carefully on a table. One unlocks the clasps and cracks open the case, revealing two disassembled Heckler & Koch 416 carbine rifles.

The HK416 is, as of May 2011, the world's newest celebrity weapon. Enough off-the-record sources have told reporters that it is the gun that killed Osama bin Laden that this detail has become accepted history, even though the Pentagon and HK won't admit it.

It is undoubtedly true that U.S. special forces helped create and use this weapon, making it a logical choice for the Naval Special Warfare Development Group operators who swept bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.


(Excerpt) Read more at popularmechanics.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: banglist; binladen; hk416; specialforces

1 posted on 06/11/2011 11:49:17 PM PDT by STARWISE
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To: TheMom; LUV W; mylife; NYTexan; humblegunner; Eaker; Allegra; BIGLOOK; SandRat
Military times animation and graphic

animation

graphic

2 posted on 06/11/2011 11:52:37 PM PDT by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: STARWISE

"Look at me, fellas! And I'm NOT gay!"

3 posted on 06/11/2011 11:55:31 PM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: STARWISE

Excellent. Get the gas and fouling out of the action.


4 posted on 06/11/2011 11:57:42 PM PDT by headstamp 2 (We live two lives, the life we learn and the life we live with after that.)
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To: STARWISE

The writer was no doubt attempting to maintain a light touch, but it bears repeating: firearms don’t kill people. People kill people. And, in this case, it was the brilliance and courage of our Navy SEALs who did the deed, and NOT their hardware.


5 posted on 06/11/2011 11:59:46 PM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: headstamp 2

I agree


6 posted on 06/11/2011 11:59:49 PM PDT by Greystoke
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To: STARWISE

Too bad the author revealed himself to be totally incompetent to write about firearms!

“The M16 and M4 both use gas tubes to launch their projectiles, and keep these gases (along with burned carbon particles) inside the gun, fouling the receiver. The HK416 uses a gas piston instead of a gas tube to launch projectiles”.

WRONG, very very wrong!

The gas tube or piston converts gas pressure to mechanical action, they cause the bolt carrier to retract rearward after each shot, the only thing they “launch” are empty cartridge casings.
Burning propellent inside the cartridge launches bullets down the gun’s BARREL!

I guess PM no longer has an editor who knows anything about basic firearm mechanics!


7 posted on 06/12/2011 12:12:21 AM PDT by Loyal Sedition (Loyal Sedition, often described as "To the right of Attila The Hun"!)
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To: Loyal Sedition
Weird, gas piston operated isn't so new in the AR-15 world. POF is dreamy.
8 posted on 06/12/2011 12:19:53 AM PDT by andyk (Interstate <> Intrastate)
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To: Loyal Sedition

I’m still waiting for the “writer” to tell me what caliber the weapon is.


9 posted on 06/12/2011 3:16:14 AM PDT by CalvaryJohn (What is keeping that damned asteroid?)
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To: Lurker

At first glance it looks like a video camera.


10 posted on 06/12/2011 3:16:37 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Hawk)
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To: STARWISE

The HK416 is also in the running to replace the M4 as the standard issue Army carbine, and to replace the M16 as the standard issue Army rifle.


11 posted on 06/12/2011 4:03:00 AM PDT by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: STARWISE

I’m not sure if PM’s source is correct. The 5.56 makes a crappy entry weapon....prone to passing through walls and killing your team-mates or, heaven forbid, innocents.

For CQB, SEALs typically use SMGs, like the H&K MP5, chambered in pistol calibers like 9mm.


12 posted on 06/12/2011 4:12:49 AM PDT by Erik Latranyi (Too many conservatives urge retreat when the war of politics doesn't go their way.)
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To: STARWISE

Smile wait for flash


13 posted on 06/12/2011 6:03:03 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: CalvaryJohn
"I’m still waiting for the “writer” to tell me what caliber the weapon is."

4.6 x 30mm

14 posted on 06/12/2011 7:18:25 AM PDT by Buffalo Head (Illigitimi non carborundum)
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To: Buffalo Head; CalvaryJohn

Wrong. 5.56mm with open bolt.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heckler_%26_Koch_HK416


15 posted on 06/12/2011 7:25:04 AM PDT by mad_as_he$$
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To: STARWISE

Remember when Americans made the state of the art weapons?


16 posted on 06/12/2011 8:18:00 AM PDT by Last Dakotan
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To: mad_as_he$$
O.K.

I am convinced however (from inside sources) that the cartridge used was the 4.6x30mm of which the Navy purchases by contract from U.S. suppliers. The weapon used, therefor is most probably the HK MP7.

17 posted on 06/12/2011 8:46:41 AM PDT by Buffalo Head (Illigitimi non carborundum)
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To: Jack Hammer
it was the brilliance and courage of our Navy SEALs who did the deed, and NOT their hardware.

.... and not their hardware and NOT the Muslim playing President.

18 posted on 06/12/2011 8:53:47 AM PDT by politicianslie (Democrats are COMMUNISTS, Repubs are SOCIALISTS, and Barry is a Muslim manipulating USEFUL IDIOTS)
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To: Greystoke

Yep.

M-1 Carbine principle.


19 posted on 06/12/2011 10:17:40 AM PDT by headstamp 2 (We live two lives, the life we learn and the life we live with after that.)
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To: STARWISE

“The HK416 uses a gas piston instead of a gas tube to launch projectiles.”

Oh, geez.


20 posted on 06/12/2011 10:18:00 AM PDT by ataDude (Its like 1933, mixed with the Carter 70s, plus the books 1984 and Animal Farm, all at the same time.)
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To: STARWISE

The gun did not kill OBL a SEAL did.

Guns are just tools.


21 posted on 06/12/2011 12:17:26 PM PDT by School of Rational Thought (Tough enough to have survived the end of the world)
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To: STARWISE

Those photos look just plain silly.


22 posted on 06/13/2011 4:11:24 AM PDT by caver (Obama: Home of the Whopper)
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