It's kinda funny how most people don't realize that the DI AR is in fact a piston gun.
The only difference really between a "DI" AR and a "piston" HK416 is the location of the piston. Of course the location of the piston changes the dynamics of how the system works, but the fact of the matter is that they are still both "piston" operated systems.
Honestly, I think the M-16/AR15 series of rifles would be better described as an "Internal piston" rifle rather then "direct impingment".
As it were, since I'd venture a guess that most of the aftermarket accessories for the 416 platform are being driven by Mil/LE end users anyway and that anything that trickles down to the Civ market is merely to generate extra cash flow to cover Christmas bonuses, your statement is invalid to begin with, much less backed by any sort of facts.
Another product to consider is the railed forend for the G36. Why make one? Because the G36 has been adopted by several countries as their primary military small arm and there was the possibility of scoring large govt. contracts.
Had the G36 only ever been released as the sl-8 version, that product woudn't even have been considered by KAC.
It's an educated guess, based on usage numbers/economies of scale and many factors. One of those factors are:
When you build proprietary systems, the adaption of after market accessories is much less likely and prohibitively more expensive to design and manufacture.
Assuming the 416/556 design for the front rail is similar, the economies of scale are just not there for a KAC to spend the time and resources on such a propriety platform for the small market it is, compared to the M4/6920 platform.
Aftermarket accessories in the US firearms industry are more driven by consumers than mil sales, especially in days of government and defense budget cuts.
The US consumer bought 14 million gun in 2009.
Total estimates to equip 500,000 soldiers (US infantry #s) are in the 1billion $$ range. The economies of scale are not even close.
USA Buys 14 Million+ Guns In 2009 - More Than 21 of the Worlds Standing Armies
The USA’s M4 Carbine Controversy
"The positions were, and are, clear. The US Army says the M4 isn’t broken, and adds that an Army-wide fix would cost $1 billion."
There were 6 rifles manufactured by Heckler and Koch in the US in 2010, vs 11k+ for Colt defense.
From the ATF numbers. 6 - MR556's?? ha! All protos no doubt.
Many like to think the mil drives product development more than it actually does. The civilian and LE drives most development in the private sector companies. IS KAC competing for some mil contract to create these rails?
For the players in the IC competition, the ultimate prize for being accepted is not government contracts, but the trickle down potential of being "the chosen one" for the US consumer market.
Last edited by joehk; 02-04-2012 at 02:12 PM.
Looking at their accessories page, I'd venture to guess the sales of NV and M29 mounts etc are very small volume compared to rails, sights etc.
All the rest can be adapted to civilian carbines.
I'd also venture to guess, Knight didn't get in the "business" to immediately start fulfilling mil contracts.
Knight's Armament Company, RAS, Rail Adapter Systems, UK SAS, KAC, M4 Carbine, M5 RAS, URX, M4 Carbine RAS
I thought Knight designed and built those rails after seeing our SOF guys with flashlights taped to their weapons.
I didn't know that. My bad, KMC division is responsible for civilian stuff.