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Updated on July 14, 2011
Inside sources leaked that Osama bin Laden was shot by the HK416 rifle, which was reported by U.S. News late yesterday afternoon. Gathering information from Military Times Gear Scout and Soldier Systems Daily, the article related that it was German engineering that ended the life of the terrorist.
“I’ve just heard from a SOCOM vet,” says Gear Scout. “He tells me the stack of SEAL assaulters that went through Osama bin Laden’s bedroom door were running HK416s.”
On its website, Heckler & Koch stated it started the development of the HK416 “off where comparable assault rifles have already reached their limit.” It was from this point that Heckler & Koch improved the combat efficiency of the combat assault rifle. Several militaries utilize the Delta Force designed rifle, such as the Norwegian Armed Forces.
“Technical studies have shown that comparable assault rifles from other manufacturers suffer from fundamental defects and considerable shortcomings with regard to reliability, safety, accuracy and ease of handling,” reads the Heckler & Koch website. In addition, it states that other findings showed that similar combat rifles required constant maintenance and attention from its user, which the HK416 has supposedly remedied. “The HK416 incorporates an innovative assault rifle concept that is based on modularity, variability and cost effectiveness.” Different barrel lengths and accessories like the add-on grenade launcher make this one rifle not to messed with.
U.S. News stated that Heckler and Koch did not have any immediate comment on the matter. Described as the perfect SEAL weapon, “it shoots an effective 5.56 mm round, has a gas system that doesn’t foul the weapon like some other rifles, can shoot 20,000 rounds with ‘minimal degradation of accuracy,’ and fires just fine after being submerged in water and not completely drained.”
“Ultimately, as my readers have pointed out, it doesn’t matter what got him so long as he is dead,” writes SSD’s Eric Graves.
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