The 5.56×45mm NATO HK416 A5 occupies a kind of iconic status in the world of guns. Its lineage, historical significance, and performance capabilities have made it the go-to rifle in various spheres of the shooting world, from military and law enforcement agencies as well as gun safes of private owners. Its standing is hard to ignore.
But the HK416 in .22LR is, well, not that gun. What it is, however, is a fantastic sub-caliber training rifle that helps assuage the cost of training with centerfire ammunition. HK set out to make exactly like the centerfire version — non-functional bits and all — and I’ve got thousands of rounds through mine.