A brief overview of the AGM Full Metal HK416.

To keep the packaging fetishists amongst you happy I will tell you that the AEG arrived in a sturdy cardboard box illustrated thus;

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Removing the lid reveals a sort of mezzanine level of polystyrene allowing a tantalising glimpse of the rifle below;

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Contained within the polystyreney goodness is a muzzle cover, barrel extension, 8.4v crane stock battery, cleaning rod and manual, the latter written in some indecipherable language. I assume it's the result of a poorly paid worker from the PRC attempting to translate Japanese to English but quite frankly it reads more as a random selection of letters from a Scrabble game would if thrown into the air and then arranged by a particularly clumsy chimp.

Once the polystyrene is removed(a simple task even for the inexperienced box-opener), the full majesty of AGMs finest is fully revealed;

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As if this wasn't exciting enough there is also a 300 rnd mag with winding key, a small pack of BBs, a 2 point sling and a 2-pin charger. The sling would appear to be purely decorative and to be honest it even fails to perform that task well. It will therefore be lobbed unceremoniously into the back of a cupboard where it will join the charger as I can think of better and easier ways to knacker my batteries and/or set fire to my house.

Once the rifle is removed first impressions are that it feels very solid, with the notable exception of the stock which is looser than Katie Price and made from the same sort of plastic. Weighing around 8 1/2 pounds (3.8kgs for the annoyingly young or French amongst you) the 416 is well balanced but you'll definately know you're carrying a full metal gun after a while.

The supplied mag latches securely but is a rather loose fit and the source of another rattle. A Milspex Hicap fits much tighter and solves this problem.

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At the front we find a flash hider, removeable to allow fitment of barrel extension, a fold down front sight and a sling point.

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The RIS front end is very solid indeed and has markings on the top rail

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Being all metal I would recommend a vertical fore grip or at the very least gloves otherwise I imagine it would be like skirmishing with a large cheese grater.

There are no HK markings on the body, just AGM

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The working bolt catch doesn't. Not sure if this is a communist plot instigated at the factory or the result of the supplier opening up the gun to fit a 1J spring. Downgrade is essential as ex-factory they chrono at around 420fps and I didn't fancy getting filled in by my squad leader next time he walks into my line of fire and hence gets shot through his own lack of situational awareness and nothing to do with me at all, honest. Anyway, I digress.

Whilst I'm being picky, the fire selector markings are also incorrect as the semi and auto marks should be red.

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There is a sling mount at the rear of the body. Which is nice.

The rear sight is fully adjustable, however, the circular section is loose and yet another rattle although this will be replaced by an Aimpoint so no drama.

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Intial back garden testing has been limited although I can say that a 10x8 photo of the ex-wife is easily shredded at 10 yds

Rate of fire is nothing spectacular and further trials with a 9.6v battery are planned. Accuracy can't yet be fully judged but first signs are encouraging.

Overall I'm very pleased with the 416, it is very solid and with only a few minor issues which should be easily remedied and it should form a good base for future upgrades. Best of all of course is that it's not an M4. No it's not.
Review by 'Wombat'
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