Some people don't seem to realise what the "extra holes" actually mean in terms of how rare these lowers are. As I understand US gun laws, everybody with the appropriate license can buy an HK416 post sample, no big deal. But can you get a 416 post sample with "extra holes"? Honestly, I don't know but I have the feeling that this is not going to happen.
The other possibility to get a 416 marked HK semi lower is of course to buy one of the HK416D SF. These don't even have the much dreaded "extra holes". According to the civilian 416 owners FAQ, they go for only $14k-$27k. But they come with an HK barrel of course. And we all know that HK barrels are cold hammer forged by Thor himself from the blood and tears of Wodans warriors in Valhall.
But what I seriously ask myself, why did it take me, a lowly Swiss peasant and some irrelevant US importer, to get semi HK416 lowers into the US? If it's that easy, why didn't Brownells or any of the well respected and financially strong HK stores/dealers do it before us? Or some well off HK collector? I mean ZIB sold these lowers for about 400€. Then just get the other parts, make a barrel and assemble. Piece of cake, no?
I can understand that some people are disappointed because of the price, fair enough.
Does this justify to s**t on our work and even go as far as flat out telling lies about the people involved? Not sure about that, these people have to square this with their own conscience.
But no hard feelings, this is the internet and I'm familiar with its dynamics.
PS: For those interested, here's a pic of the eyelets for the "extra holes".