The HK416 A7 is not even up on the HK homepage, I can only find the A2 version.
That doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. TFB reported about it (as in the G95) already last year, check here for more details.
It was also to be found at the Heckler & Koch booth at EnforceTac 2018.
Oliver Louven, a great photographer, has two new pictures of the updated HK416.
We can only suspect that this is the “German Special Forces” version. It’s easy to be fooled, as the rifle looks very similar to the HK416 A7, with a handguard in Slim Line and HKey.
Finally, it also seems that HK managed to get the color scheme to my liking. I was never a fan of the endless amounts of shades of FDE.
You can also see the new HK Polymer Magazines, in 7,62×51 mm.
Below is HK’s description of the HK416 A7, it might give some clue to what the 417 A7 will include:
HK416 A7 | Effective and versatile in action
The HK416 A7 is a further development of the HK416 A5 Assault Rifle in caliber 5.56 mm x 45 NATO. The most salient modifications compared to its predecessor versions are a weight reduced handguard with HKey interfaces, a safety lever with 45° indexing path, a barrel with an M15 x 1 muzzle thread, as well as a Cerakote coating for excellent anticorrosive protection and excellent resistance to abrasion.
Further modifications ensure the maximization of user safety, reliability, ammunition compatibility and durability of the rifle under real operation conditions.
- High accuracy.
- Safe cocking of the weapon with the safety on.
- Completely ambidextrous operation.
- Cerakote coating for excellent anti-corrosive protection, superior resistance to abrasion, extreme hardness, unsurpassed durability and low infrared reflection properties.
- Large „Winter trigger“ for operation when wearing gloves.
- Ergonomically revised pistol grip with storage compartment for field tool.
- Magazine funnel (Jet Funnel) for easier insertion of the magazine.
- Bolt catch lever with enlarged operation surface and protective wall to prevent accidental release.
- Firing pin block/Drop safety catch.
- Tool-less gas regulator adjustment for silencer use.
- Continuous NATO-STANAG 4694 rail at the 12o’clock position.
- Handguard with HKey interfaces at 3 and 9 o’clock, Picatinny rail according to MIL-STD 1913 at the 6 o’clock position and NATO-STANAG 4694 rail at the 12 o‘clock Position.
- Length adjustable buttstock.
- Interface for launching units.
- Ammunition compatibility with all current NATO ammunition sorts and selected accuracy ammunition.
- Full day and night fighting capability (Passive night sights/Thermal imaging sights).
- “Over the Beach (OTB)“ Suitability.
HK416 A7 / G95 with new polymer magazine and Aimpoint T2 Micro. It is said that the A7 has a 90 degree safety.
It looks like the soldier is carrying an HK MP7 on his right leg, you can notice the hood over the red dot.
Oliver Louven: HK416A7 / G95.
It looks like an Aimpoint, with the HK sunscreens on.
There is also a new photo of the HK MP7.
MP7 | Compact, lightweight and 4.6 times more effective
The MP7 represents a new generation of enhanced-performance submachine guns that bridge the gap between assault rifles and conventional submachine guns. Developed as a genuine personal defense weapon, it far exceeds the NATO requirements profile.
The MP7 is extremely compact, lightweight, can be used in very confined spaces, and is practically recoil-free. It can be carried continuously, making it the ideal personal weapon for the soldier of today. Those who carry it will be suitably armed for the broadest range of operations.
Comparing the calibres, the penetration and terminal effects of the 4.6 mm x 30 cartridge are several times those of the standardized 9 mm x 19 cartridge. By way of illustration: The new high-performance calibre penetrates the NATO CRISAT TARGET (1.6 mm titanium and 20 layers of kevlar) even at 200 m. One fundamental requirement: At the same time, the risk of over penetration is reduced to a minimum.
All pictures below: Author’s pictures from EnforceTac 2018.
G28 to the right. HK 417 A7 to the left.
Close-up of the G28 scope from Schmidt & Bender.
As a reference the HK416 A7 in 14.5″. Notice the magazine.
HK416 11″ A5.
The HK G36 C1 and the HK237 in 300 Whisper / Blackout
HK MP7 A1
The MP7 (Airsoft I presume) with training device on.
You can check Olivier Louven’s photos here.