Another example of how my time on the internet works.
I’ve been eyeing up the new TM iteration of the 416 and trying to decide which rail I might fit to it if I purchased one. I googled for any other commercial offerings that might be outside the usual which lead me to a review on The Firearm Blog talking about the Strike Industries options in that realm. Within that article was a link to this PDF which if you’re a gun geek like me you’re going to love:
If you’re not much interested in the history of HK then scroll down to the pictures at the bottom (I think Larry Vickers is in there?). There’s some really cool shots of stuff like a 762×39 G3 variant, the very first test versions of the 416, versions of the infamous caseless G11 rifle and lots more.
Here’s a couple of examples of early generations of the XM8 rifle for example that you’ve quite likely never seen before: