Vickers Tactical: Shot Show 2018 - HK433
*want* no, scratch that... *need*
USP Tactical .45acp
HK 416 10.5" upper
HK45T (OD Green)
While the one-piece top rail is nice for maintaining alignment of say an IR in conjunction with an optic, I worry how much that forward charging handle will interfere with modern military loadouts and how controls/electronics interface with the user...."switchology" if you will.
Yep, it's got some pretty cool features for sure; certainly a few that a seasoned, discriminating shooter would approve of. But is it the right thing for a soldier? How robust is that charging handle/FA? How much dickering will those stock adjustments take before they give up the ghost to PFC WreckAnvil?
I like the concept of the 433; I think it's neat, but I agree with others that think the 416/417's popularity and volume of military contracts won in the past few years are a great hurdle for a design such as this. Remember that the G36 wasn't exactly Mr. Right...but Mr. Right Now!!! The Germans have a proven workhorse in their back pocket with the 416 and that's very tough to overlook. It's no fluke that much of the modern world has BEAT us at our own game and fielded HK's or Diemaco's (or "Colt Canada" if you prefer). How bad do they want to save the $$$?
I agree. I don't see where the 416/MR556 has any "drawbacks". It is definitely the best AR platform I have ever owned. HK fixed some things about the design that made me want one again.What drawbacks of the 416?
The 433 is definitely neat but I don't see it being available to the unwashed masses for many years if ever.
HK basically said don't hope for it.
I actually do like the charging handle spot. The only piece that was a little interesting was the bolt release. The folding stock is very nice touch too while still having the ability to raise and lower the cheek piece and adjust the LoP.
- length (buffer-tube vs. foldable & adjustable stock)
- user interface: config. of safety/selector, mag release, comparable to legacy G36 (and therefor less re-training)
- possibility to use a different lower to use old G36 mags (although I doubt that and think they will move to standard STANAG magazines (compatibility with 416-variants and allies)
- theoretical possibility to swap calibers (unlikely - easier to switch gun than only barrel and accessories).
Time will tell, although I thinks there is a preference towards HK433.
As others have said, the 433 is sweet, but we will likely never have the chance to own one.