Implications don't have to be intended, but can be inferred by the recipient. Rightly or wrongly.
I don't know what the big deal is. Regardless of how the "test" was structured, it simply shows that you can do things with piston driven gun that you can't with a DI gun. Sure, the DI gun is fired probably a second faster than the 416. For that reason alone, the test should have been redone. But even so, I think there would have remained enough water to blow it up.
Now, can DI guns function wet? Sure. But if they aren't drained properly first, they can go boom.
It's funny to watch people's reactions. I am the head kool-aid drinker here. I believe in HK's product, find a lot that's good in their engineering.
Not so historically with their customer service.
But people are just DYING to discredit the 416, for whatever reasons they can come up with. Not saying you, Federale.
You can bet a TON of people will latch on to the 10-8 thread as a reason why all the "hype" about the 416 is BS and that the gun in reality just sux.
I don't discredit the DI guns, I merely like some things about the 416 that HK seems to have improved on. I don't like cleaning my DI AR nearly as much as my 416. I like that the 416 stays cooooooool when you shoot it. I ain't ever going swimming with it. Don't care how it does underwater.
I know that the 416 is getting good trigger time in the sandbox by the alphabet units. They happen to love it. I know that your HRT is looking hard at them if they haven't written the check for them yet.
There're lots of great DI guns out there. There're lots of great piston guns now too.
I just happen to think that the 416 is the pinnacle of the Stoner design development to date.
Someone else come up with something better? I'd admit that.
We shouldn't mix blaming the company and the justice department for the fact that they're not available for Joe Sixpack with the fact that the design sorta rocks. Combine that with the barrel quality and such, and it's a pretty GTG iteration of the Stoner design. Probably not a lot more can be done with it, except to invent more crap to hang on it.
Anyway, drive on--- :D