DSEi 09: New design HK416 Sub-Carbine

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

Another new gun on display at DSEi was this H&K HK416 sub-carbine / PDW. What is very interesting about this gun is the buttstock and upper receiver design.

New H&K Sub-Carbine

It has a much shortened buffer tube and a collapsible stock in the H&K G3 / MP5 style.

A regular HK416 carbine

This firearm appears to be positioned in direct competition to the Sub-Compact Weapon (SCW) that Colt is developing. The SCW features a similarly shortened buffer tube.

Colt SCW. Photo by SMGLee.

I think the H&K design is much more elegant. The H&K stock pull straight out, while the Colt stock must be unfolded out and then down before it can be adjusted for length.

A close-up of the H&K Stock.

Now if H&K would just stop hating us and start selling this nifty upper to us civilians!

Big thank you to Lusaka for the information and photo.


REMOV has kindly provided me with these photos that he took of the new H&K. The gun has a 9.3″ barrel.

Many thanks REMOV!

Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson

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  • Jeff Jeff on May 21, 2011

    geez HK loves making those no cheek-weld wire stocks

  • Bill Bill on Jul 16, 2011

    Does anyone know where to get this upper or this stock?? Or is it even avalible???