Thanks for the info Doc P.
Care to share your thoughts on why? From observation, you don't take stance regarding weapons lightly. It would be a real education if you shared your thought process on this matter.
I'm basing my choice on the real-world reputation of H&K. SFOD-Delta (Delta Force ) has been using the 416 for the past four years already, and have no complaints, though they are slated to be replaced by the FN Light and Heavy SCAR rifles soon. A gas-piston design, as opposed to the direct gas injection (DI) system of the original M16, it is claimed to be up to 3x more reliable than its forefather, though in real life the difference is not that great.
The FERFRANS PNP 11 and PNP 14 SOARs on the other hand, except for a few prototype models also with gas-piston systems, still use the the DI method of operation. It also does not have the real-world rep of the 416, since so far the only sizeable order that they have received was from the PNP-SAF, a few years back.
From the dozen or so FERFRANS SOARs I have fired or have observed fired, especially with their redesigned bolt carriers, all have proven to be utterly and boringly reliable, so no problem there.
Actually, what would clinch the deal for me is that HK manufactures all components in-house, meaning all of the parts of the weapon is manufactured by HK itself, bolt, barrel, butt. Contrast with FERFRANS, which is a entity that ASSEMBLES their weapons lang, using Stag Arms lower recievers, barreled uppers from another company, internal parts from yet another company, etc. A small matter perhaps, but parts replacement / resupply may be better IMHO if one company makes everything, though HKs international reputation sucks when it comes to customer service.
Please don't misunderstand. FERFRANS choses only quality parts for its weapons, and the resulting gun is, as I have seen, most functional!
Price? Government price for the HK 416 is 190,000 pesos each, the FERFRANS 180,000 apiece.
Would not mind using either for serious social purposes, though if pressured, will choose the 416.
My buddies in the Recon Marines prefer the standard M16. There aren't many M4 variants to go around to equip a whole squad or platoon.
According to one captain, insurgent snipers usually target the guy with the M4 FIRST as he is assumed to be the commanding officer.
The Marines also prefer to use the standard iron sights. Putting on accessories like specialized sights or aiming devices just screams "SHOOT ME FIRST! SHOOT ME FIRST!"
Agree 100 percent with Mr.FR. While the use of optics and other doodads on combat rifles act as significant force multipliers, ideally the whole squad or platoon should be similarly equipped, otherwise the sole one with such a weapon becomes an unwilling bullet magnet.
Were I an opposing sniper, you bet I would shoot first the one with the coolest rifle!
Re-equipping the whole small unit with similar weaponry should be the norm, not replacement piece-by-piece.