Thursday, December 03, 2009

Home Again Home Again...

...and brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. It's already below zero here at the Secret Hidden Bunker, and by morning we anticipate hell actually freezing over. Break out the ice skates!

And speaking of hell freezing over, H-K has nabbed the squad automatic weapon contract for the Marines with a modified 416 piston gun. The Firearms Blog has the scoop:
The H&K entry was a modified version of their HK416 piston-operated AR-15 rifle. Unlike the Colt and FN entries, it is said to fire only from a closed bolt. Given the lack of an open-bolt fire mode I had presumed it was the least likely choice for an automatic rifle.
For those of you frothing at the mouth (hmmmmm...I might be one of those frothers) for a 7.62/.308 semi with magazines that don't require a home mortgage to purchase, I note that JD Machine now has 7.62 X 51 uppers that will work with the CMMG 7.62 lowers designed for the ultracheap H-K G3 magazines. The first time I saw the proto CMMG lowers earlier this year, a veritable light bulb went off in my head...the big drawback to so many of the 7.62 AR-based platforms has been proprietary magazines at a pretty penny. OTOH, I've seen G3 20-rounders for less than $3 apiece! One of my projects for 2010 is a nice .308 built on the CMMG G3 lower, and the JD upper looks like the bee's knees.


Steve said...

There has been much confusion regarding the HK416 news. I will be doing a new post on it for tomorrow morning. Keep an eye out for it.

Ksail101 (Kevin) said...

Don't you just hate this global warming, Mr. Bane. I remember way back your wife was going to make a House Cozy, with these current trends maybe that isn't such a bad idea.

Anonymous said...

You will be jealous to know that here in NH after a week in the 30's and low 40's (about normal) We had a record 60 degrees today ;D
Tom Bogan

Unknown said...

Downside to the G3 lower is that you give up the bolt hold open feature. And SR25 mags are down to $15/mag. Not sure it's worth having to deal with machining uppers or having to buy a proprietary upper just to use G3 mags anymore...

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