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    How do you determine what date code to have engraved on the upper receiver?

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    Short answer is: I used the same date code on my barrel so the two would match. I did this under the assumption that the majority of what is out there was put together at the same time in the same time frame.


    Long answer is: There may be someone here that has more knowledge behind the application of date codes and how they would be applied. I dont know about 416/417s but I dont think it is uncommon to have HKs with different date coded furniture (IE 91s & 93s buttstocks & handguards, MP5s with buttstocks and forearms) it is however desirable to have consecutive parts and pieces but in a world of piecing things together you may have to shop around. I do think barrels and receivers if they are barreled at an HK facility would be date coded the same. To my knowledge on 416/417 none of the grips, stocks etc are date coded. They are categorized by version and most can be differentiated by changes in characteristics.
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    On factory 416's, the barrel and receiver typically share a common date code. However it's not unusual for the receiver to be one year ahead of the barrel (e.g. AI receiver with an AH barrel).
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    @IsaacL Thank You Sir!
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    Quote Originally Posted by IsaacL View Post
    On factory 416's, the barrel and receiver typically share a common date code. However it's not unusual for the receiver to be one year ahead of the barrel (e.g. AI receiver with an AH barrel).
    He^^^^ is correct. I've got 416 uppers just as he's described.
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    Im going for a specific clone from early gwot. Anyone know what date code the first issued 416s were?

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    Should be AF if I'm not mistaken.

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    I thought I read somewhere they adopted uppers in 04ish to run on their M4 lowers and there was something with logistics, individual unit financing etc etc that lead to ultimately the whole rifle being purchased. I will have to see if I can find what I read and make sure I am not regurgitating some BS I have mixed up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IsaacL View Post
    Should be AF if I'm not mistaken.
    I "think" he's right. The earliest I've put my hands on is an AF date code.

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    “Issued” - I believe they have Sterling importer marks. That would make them AF or earlier. I want to say I have seen an AE but I could totally be making that up with a faulty memory. If there was an AE then there absolutely wasn’t many of them.
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