They already play the import games for the MR556. They make what they need to make domestically, and import the rest. They already do it for one rifle, but it's impossible to do it for another? It's not.The HK243 / Canuck import is an entirely German-made rifle. The 243 is good for German export, but not US import.
To make a G36 clone, HK would have to do it in the US -- German doesn't want the means of production to make it overseas.
Hence, Canucks get 243s but Yanks don't.
HK exports the rifles we want to essentially every market except ours.... It's not an export problem. Cugir imports AKs with single stack magazines. FN imports SCARS with blocked magazine wells...but it's unpossible for HK. It may be, but its because they choose not to import them.
Their plan apparently is to be told by two leftist think tanks whom it is safe to ship arms to, with the additional filter of German Government and EU restrictions. Simply labeling areas "conflict zones", and naively believing that the fighting will stop, or be resolved in favor of the good guys, if starved of HK weapons, is just silly. ITAR probably seems pretty pragmatic, by comparison.
"Remain yourself, in spite of all the mighty do."
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
It also seems that you are failing to appreciate the difference between exporting German produced rifles, created entirely on German-held machinery with exporting the technology to produce said rifles.
The HK243 is made in Germany, and imported to Canada.
The HK243 is not importable into the U.S; it would have to be a SL8-styled neutered version. And such neutered rifles don't sell -- because only a VERY small market of people WANT a G36 so bad that they'll undertake the conversion process.
If it is not profitable, or possible, to get German government approval to send molds and tooling to the U.S. to produce the rifle domestically, then thats it -- it can't happen.
As for the SCAR -- as far as I know, it is produced domestically in the United States. S. Carolina, specifically. FN has production facilities here. Which makes a lot of sense for FN, since FN has loads of military contracts with the the US government for various items.
If the US Army adopts and fields loads of 416s, maybe we'll start to see more HK products produced domestically.
Until then -- all this crap is just wonking. We don't have them. If history is any metric -- we will CONTINUE to not have them.
Own: HK91, SP5k, G36k, HK416, P30L, USP SD, USP9, USP9 FDE
Future: SP5? Assuming I can find an honest seller.
The US military buying more HK416 isn’t going to change the mindset of the German government or politicians, because right now there is no real downside from having them made in Germany and shipped over here. Unless there was a major, major government weapons contract that specified that the winning bidder had to make the weapons inside the US, and HK determine that it was worthwhile pursuing from a business standpoint, there isn’t any real incentive for HK to change.
I do agree that for all of the opinions by armchair keyboard specialists about how great it would be for HK to make all these rifles for US civilian consumption, the fact is that it’s HKs business to run and they are running it as they see fit, and no amount of HK should or shouldn’t do this or than on various forums is going to change that.
In any event, legally speaking they are considered American made under 922, which is what I was ultimately getting at.
So am I understanding (legit question here), that the MR556 lower is made in the U.S. but that the HK416 lower is made in Germany?
Also, what do they then manufacture at HK's Georgia plant? Not being a wise-guy, I just don't know.