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Old 10-09-2020, 03:53 PM
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So H&K did file a complaint about patent infringement and SECDEF stopped the purchase order.

Sounds like a clusterf*** and SNAFU but whatever. Looks like to me the company with the bigger bank account wins. Wanna bet?
Well, more the opposite. HK is deeply in debt, obligations almost topping assets, and desperately needs the order for the rifle. But they’re not owned by foreigners in another part of the world, and have many decades of connections. The military-political-industrial complex works as mysteriously in Germany as it does in the US. So obviously they’re pulling out all the stops.

And a lot of people in Germany, including in the Bundeswehr, aren’t even convinced that there’s anything wrong with the G36 to begin with. Maybe there’s even hope they’ll abandon the whole project for now; there are other military equipment issues in more urgent need of financial attention.

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I read the team that designed Haenal's offering previously designed the HK416.
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Since the HK416 was the main competitor for the MK556 in this bidding, that may well be the origin of the issue. On this patent stuff, the devil is in the details.
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... there are other military equipment issues in more urgent need of financial attention.

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Like the Kampfstiefel Modell 2000, where the soles are coming off.
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Well, more the opposite. HK is deeply in debt, obligations almost topping assets, and desperately needs the order for the rifle.
Yeah, they are hitting quite some rough patches... but what do you expect if you do shady things just to make a few bucks?!

Just another gun company with a management problem!
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Folks go on and on about how dirty Direct Gas Impingment is, yet the AR-15 is generally known as an extremely reliable rifle.

Personally, I stopped believing in DI and it's supposed filtiness being detrimental towards reliability after watching Tim from Military Arms Channel do multiple videos of himself shooting thousands of rounds through an El Cheapo M-Forgery without cleaning it between videoes, and despite being all caked up inside with carbon, it just kept cranking along until the Ammo Shortage put the series on hold indefinitely. He had some crazy high round count through it too before he had to stop, I think it was right around 15,000 rounds, and it was only just starting to show some signs of sluggish extraction.
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I'll bet it would have kept running if lubed, at least if it was close enough to specs ...
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