HK 416 Polymer Gen2 Stanag Magazine

The HK416 rifle is H&K’s version of a piston driven AR15. There are subtle differences but it is basically an AR15. It uses a STANAG magazine and comes with a steel magazine. H&K USA has a translucent polymer magazine that looks somewhat like a Lancer Systems AWM magazine just without the metal feed lips

HK 416 polymer stanag magazine
This is H&K’s translucent 30-round polymer magazine.

 

Recently a German store has gotten their hands on some brand new Gen2 HK polymer magazines and they look very different than HK’s STANAG magazine. 

HK 416 Polymer Gen2 Stanag Magazine
These are something else!

These Gen 2 magazines are more ergonomic. They have rounded edges and an aesthetically pleasing texture pattern.

HK 416 Polymer Gen2 Stanag Magazine
Check out that texturing.

Take a look at the texturing on the back and front of the magazine in the images below.

HK 416 Polymer Gen2 mag texturing on the back
Texturing on the back…
HK 416 Polymer Gen2 Stanag Magazine texturing on the front.
…and on the front.

Here’s how the new Gen2 STANAG magazine looks compared to a PMAG and Lancer Magazine.

HK 416 Gen2 stanag magazine compared to PMAG and Lancer magazine
From left to right:  Magpul PMAG, HK Gen2 STANAG magazine, and Lancer AWM magazine.

Here’s how the followers look next to each other. You’ll notice that the HK Gen2 magazine follower looks similar to the PMAG follower.

AR-15 mag followers, Lancer, PMAG, and HK Gen2
Magazine followers from left to right: Lancer AWM, Magpul PMAG, and the new HK STANAG magazine.

So what do the internals look like? I knew you were going to ask that!

Here is the Gen2 HK STANAG magazine disassembled. It is odd that the base plate is completely smooth as any other polymer magazine has some sort of texture. But here it seems like they forgot something.

HK 416 Polymer Gen2 Stanag Magazine disassembled
Notice the smooth baseplate.

This Gen2 model is not a common magazine that you see here in the US. Thanks to my co-worker for helping me order one from Germany.

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Nicholas Chen is a firearm aficionado. Growing up in California, He learned about firearms and hunted with his father growing up in Southern California. Once he moved out to Pennsylvania and then spent a few years in New York State, he learned to truly appreciate firearms and the second amendment. It was in New York State where he became a USPSA competitive shooter and learned about 3Gun. He is an avid fan of running and gunning. Nicholas is a fan of pretty much anything that shoots although the slicked-up race guns are what interests him the most. Having spent time with FFLs and other friends with NFA items he has begun his collection of NFA items and has learned that everything should be suppressed and full auto where possible and legal.

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