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The Umarex/VFC H&K HK417 has landed at Shorty USA!

Yes, the HK417 is finally here and we are happy to report it was worth the wait. As the first ever HK417 model to hit the airsoft market, VFC has set a standard to which all other models will be measured.

Umarex/VFC H&K HK417 AEG - $489.99

The real steel HK417, manufactured by Heckler & Koch, is the big brother to the HK416 and is chambered for the larger 7.62x51mm NATO cartridge. The demand for large caliber rifles dramatically increased shortly after the start of US operations in Afghanistan and Iraq where the increased range and penetration of the more powerful round was found to be extremely effective. The HK417 is essentially a beefed up version of its smaller brother and uses the same gas operated, short stroke piston which made the HK416 so successful.

This replica is manufactured by renowned airsoft manufacturer Vega Force Company of Taiwan and is produced under licensed from Umarex USA with official H&K trademarks. By just looking at this rifle you can tell that a lot of thought went into making it as every aspect of the rifle is recreated in extreme detail. Of course, as with every VFC model, the metal content is identical to that of the real firearm and weighs within a pound of the real steel. It features an aluminum receiver with a Mil-Spec anodized matte black coating which looks superb with the H&K markings. We were also very pleased to see that Umarex has also done a very good job of keeping the annoying warnings as subdued as possible on this beauty.

  • Compact "Assaulter" 12 inch barrel.
  • Full metal construction from a blend of aluminum, zinc and steel.
  • CNC machined aluminum 20 slot RAS interlocks with the receiver for rock solid stability.
  • Cosmetically functional charging handle, mock bolt carrier and bolt catch.
  • 6 attachment points support practically any left or right handed sling system available.
  • Adjustable rotary rear sight with 4 different apertures.
  • Detachable front and rear iron sights.
  • Sequential serial numbers.
  • 6 point adjustable crane stock with oversized buffer tube.
The HK417 uses the same style crane stock as the newest variant of the VFC HK416. This stock can house a nun-chuck type battery and features the twist lock butt pad. To install that battery you simply have to rotate the rubber butt pad 1/4 turn counterclockwise and it pulls right off. Of all the crane stocks currently on the market, we still stand by our claim that this is one of the best designed models out there. It is very robust in construction and the twist lock butt pad is an extremely strong design as well as being very easy to operate.

Internally the rifle has a brand new gearbox which appears to be a hybrid of version 2, 3 and 6 gearboxes. It is equipped with steel gears running on solid steel 8mm bushings. You will also find a steel spring guide with bearings and a ported aluminum piston head.

Now, to the main question. It is modeled after a long range marksmen rifle, but does this airsoft recreation measure up? That would be a big affirmative. The HK417 smoked a .2g BB through the chrono at an average of 440 fps leaving little doubt that it had the muscle to earn the title of a DMR. It is also equipped with the new VFC hop-up chamber which has the adjustment wheel mounted perpendicular to the barrel instead of parallel. This configuration allows you to make very small fine tuning adjustments and is far less likely to shift out of position from vibration. Thanks to this combination of power and precision the HK417 is outstanding at long range engagements. With heavyweight rounds it is effective out out 210 feet away and with practice we were pushing it even further.

The HK417 does use a proprietary magazine however spare magazines are currently available. These included a 100 round mid capacity magazine (which comes with the rifle), as well as a 500 round high capacity magazine (available separately) both of which are produced by VFC.
  • Operation: Electric
  • Fire mode/s: Semi / Full Auto
  • Muzzle velocity: 440 w/ .2g
  • Effective range: 210 feet
  • Rate of fire: 800 RPM w/ 9.6v
  • Ammo type: High polished .25g to .4g
  • Hop Up: Adjustable
  • Weight: 7.75 lbs
  • Magazine capacity: 100 rds
  • Length: 31.5 - 35 inches
  • Battery: 9.6v Nun-Chuck Type
  • Motor type: Long Shaft Type
  • Inner barrel: 340mm
  • Comes with orange tip: Painted
  • Battery and Charger NOT included

Spare 100 rd HK417 Mid Capacity Magazine - $29.99

Spare 500 rd HK417 High Capacity Magazine - $39.99

Spare 400 rd H&K UMP High Capacity Magazine - $19.99

Spare 140 rd Umarex/Ares Elite Force M4/M16 Series Mid Cap Magazine Black - $7.99

Spare 140 rd Umarex/Ares Elite Force M4/M16 Series Mid Cap Magazine Dark Earth - $7.99

Umarex/Ares Elite Force 140 rd M4/M16 Series Mid-Cap 10 Pack Black - $69.99

Umarex/Ares Elite Force 140 rd M4/M16 Series Mid-Cap 10 Pack Dark Earth - $69.99

(offers, specifications and prices at time of post are subject to change without notice)
Shorty USA Inc.
86 Albe Dr.
Newark, DE 19702
(302) 366-8375

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