Tactical 22s: A New Class of Rifles
Mimicking guns such as the AR-15, HK MP5 and SIG 550, tactical look-alikes in .22 LR are more common than ever. From the article "Tactical .22s"
HK 416 D145RS
The HK was the most comfortable-shooting, out-of-box gun of the AR-style group. This was in large part because of the five-position Crane SOPMOD-style buttstock and wide, proprietary pistol grip with a full palm swell. Like the Colt Tactical, the HK 416D is made by Walther and imported by Umarex, has aluminum upper and lower receivers and accepts the same magazine. Disassembly is also mirrored: interestingly, unscrewing the flash suppressor relieves tension from the barrel/spring, allowing extraction of the rear takedown pin, after which the upper receiver pivots downward. Except for a 90-degree safety selector (instead of 180 degrees), there is no difference in controls.
The included front and rear detachable aluminum sights were also well-made, with a rear, rotating diopter drum with four apertures adjustable for windage and elevation. They come securely mounted on the integral upper-receiver and fore-end aluminum rails with Phillips-head screws.
There were no stoppages or malfunctions during more than 200 rounds of firing, including with high-velocity. The heavy trigger contributed to the poorer accuracy, but the gun functioned flawlessly and is a fine example of an AR-style .22.
Importer: Umarex USA, Inc.; (479) 646-4210; www.hk22rimfire.com
Rifling: six-groove; 1:133⁄4" RH twist
Magazine: 30-round detachable box, load-assist button
Sights: detachable rear diopter drum, fixed front post; Picatinny rail
Trigger Pull: two-stage; 10 lbs., 10 ozs.
Stock: collapsible SOPMOD, black synthetic: length of pull, 11½"-143⁄5"; drop at heel, 1½"; drop at comb, 1½"
Overall Length: 32¾"-35¼"
Weight: 6 lbs., 12 ozs.
Accessories: owner’s manual
Suggested Retail Price: $599