French Army using airsoft HK416F-S rifles for training

The replica of the HK416F is being used to improve training, refresh skills and prepare troops for missions in closed areas

French troops in the field. Photo: 35th Infantry Regiment

The Firearm Blog website, quoting French magazine Retex, reported that the French Army has started to use HK416F-S airsoft rifles for training purposes. 

According the report, the French army is using the replica of German company Heckler & Koch's HK416F rifle to improve training, refresh skills and prepare troops for missions in closed areas. The HK416 F-S is a real military training tool, and its design meets a specification written by the army. Heckler & Koch granted Tactical Equipements exclusive use of its license to develop, manufacture and distribute the HK416 F-S. The weapon comes with all accessories needed for its operation and maintenance, including optics. 

The Firearm Blog noted that the HK416F-S is based on the HK416F rifle which is known as the HK416 A5. The training rifle has the AR-15 profile magwell flare, ambidextrous mag release and ambidextrous bolt release. It is not only an airsoft gun but also an electric airsoft rifle equipped with sensors and a battery charger.