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HK hates you, but they especially hate Airsofters

http://www.c3airsoft.com/showthread.php/hk-vs-airsoft-becaause-17511.html?s=376c1949cabcab3592ffef8d58c29224&t=17511

Apparently H und K is now suing every manufacturer of Airsoft guns for copyright infringement…

 

Oh, you have no idea the delicious irony of this moment. See, when I wrote my “HK, because you suck, and we hate you” rant a couple of years ago, I did it as somebody in the gun business who didn’t like the way they did business. As a store owner and NFA guy, HK was a pain in the rear to deal with. Since that time, that one rant has gotten more hits than anything that I’ve ever written, and I get constant hate mail from people who tell me I’m a big-stupid-mean-jerk-face for not worshipping at the altar of Teutonic superiority.

 

Ironically, most of that hate mail has come from Airsofters. My rant has shown up on every forum you can think of, including ones in German, French, and Slovokian (I think). I can always tell when those links get posted because then I then get fifty e-mails telling me how stupid and poor I am, and that I need to go play with my Rugers because I must be too poor to appreciate real guns.

 

Oh, wait, Ruger makes a piston AR now too… So how are you guys enjoying those HK 416s that you all swore to me would be available TWO YEARS ago? Oh, yes, I know, Delta Force uses the 416… It really is that awesome. I’m sure it is the finest killing machine ever forged by the hand of man or god, but you just can’t have one, because you still suck, and they still hate you.

 

One day I’m sure that HK will make 416s available for civilians for twice as much money as their competitors, and then I’ll get a couple thousand e-mails telling me how stupid and wrong I was several years after I posted the rant… The internet is timeless in its own way. So you guys just keep your fingers crossed, and I’m sure your 416 will be delivered by a magic leprechaun riding a pegasus, and it will only be years after every other gun company in the world has already been selling thousands of copies of whatever their assault rifle is in the US for less money.

 

Heck, I’m waiting for the Marlin Advanced Combat Rifle to come out the same time as the Perazzi forward-ejecting Battle Bullpup.

 

Oh, man, I’m laughing out loud as I type this. Because all those Airsofters who’ve given me crap are now getting sued by HK! Not only do they not want you to have their real guns, they don’t want you to own toys that look like their guns. That’s a whole new level of hate.

 

Ironically, this is about the stupidest thing they could have done from a business perspective. So either the Airsoft manufacturers will pay them a tiny royalty, or more likely they will just alter the design enough not to be a trademark violation. If HK was a normal company, they would realize that they’re kicking their fan base and their stalwart internet defenders in the crotch, but you’ve got to remember that actually hating the people who purchase their products is standard operating procedure there.

 

It seems like every other gun company I’ve dealt with actually encourages Airsoft companies to make guns of theirs available to the public, because that just increases brand awareness. It is just like getting their gun put into a movie as a prop. It doesn’t hurt their overall sales. What… you were totally going to buy that USP .45, but went with the one that shot plastic BBs instead because of the cost?

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Kristopher
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Kristopher
6 years 11 months ago
Hk’s suck, and I hate them. Back when I could afford to own an MG or two, I could easily beat the HK fan boys at the Albany SMG competitions … with a PPSH-41. Fan boy in the latest BDUs, web gear, and an HK hat steps up to the line with his MP-5 … and carefully downs each hostile enemy plate with a precise 3 round burst, leaving the hostage plates standing. He took 7 seconds. I slouch up wearing jeans, an Orycon t-shirt, and three extra 30 round sticks shoved in my back pocket, with my PPSH and… Read more »
destroyer
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destroyer
6 years 7 months ago

yes and im sure you are an expert. You are the reason why every special forces team and tactical police unit on the planet will choose to adopt the PPSH over MP5’s. puleeze!

Mike
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Mike
6 years 6 months ago

PPsHs aren’t made anymore and can’t really accept modern attachments.

Ben
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Ben
6 years 11 months ago

I don’t know, I really do like my USP, but I don’t think its a stand out special “holy grail” pistol compared to my S&W. It just happens to fit my hand like an extension of myself. Doesn’t mean a USPC or one of their battle rifles would do the same or be worth owning. Whether numb nuts airsofter or serious shooter, it should be about the function, fit, and feel, not the brand name.

Raptor
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6 years 11 months ago
I used to hang out on airsoft forums a lot, and I have to say that the only thing I’m surprised about is that it’s taken HK this long to act. A year or two ago, HK licensed their trademarks to a single company, CyberGun if I remember correctly. There was a lot of outrage in the airsofter community because CyberGun is known for 1) making really, really crappy guns, and 2) very underhanded, low-life business practices. Now, this didn’t stop other manufactures from continuing to produce unlicensed replicas (but HK didn’t do squat about it then). To the best… Read more »
Raptor
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6 years 11 months ago

Actually, now that I think about it, Glock already pulled something like this a few months ago, and now airsoft Glocks are supposedly nigh-impossible to find.

Old NFO
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6 years 11 months ago

German manufacturers are stupid. They are taking away MANY potential sales… And yeah, they are WAY too expensive. My 21 year old $400 Glock will keep up with that $1000 H&K all day long.

destroyer
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destroyer
6 years 7 months ago

yeah, well see if your piece of shit glock will hold up to a HK after 20,000 rounds…not to mention any sort of stress test.

Mike
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Mike
6 years 6 months ago

a Springfield XD which is around $500 can do just that

Dave Sohm
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Dave Sohm
6 years 6 months ago

That “piece of #&*^” Glock probably already has gone through 20,000 rounds. And is still kicking.

Besides, Larry’s point isn’t that HK’s are all crap, just that they are really over priced and they treat customers and potential customers like crap.

J.R. Shirley
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6 years 11 months ago

HK: because you suck, and we hate you and your Airsofts.

John

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Jesse
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Jesse
6 years 11 months ago

First off Kristopher you’re my hero. I want a PPSH-41 so badly. The semi auto repros are going for $800 and I’m considering it.

I’d like to point out that Sig went a step further than advocating making airsoft replicas, they went as far as making their own Airssoft copies.

Sigivald
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Sigivald
6 years 11 months ago

Makes me glad I bought a CETME for a fraction of the price of an HK.

Kristopher
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Kristopher
6 years 11 months ago

I wish I still had it … but it was keep it or pay off a credit card …

Damned thing sold fast once I posted it … I think it is in a shop in Henderson NV, being rented to Jap tourists now.

I still have the Lahti … no one in their right mind would buy one these days … $80/round …

rfortier1796
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6 years 11 months ago

Never been a huge fan of H&K. Stuff never fits my hand, and I’ve alway found the triggers on their handguns to be subpar. I’ve always leaned more towards Sig, who as Jesse mentioned, seem to openly embrace airsoft.

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Jim
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Jim
6 years 11 months ago
I wrote you one of those hate mails, chum. At the time you were selling cheap, bargain basement chicom AK’s to your fan boys to pose with in the mirror in their underwear – and you tried to tell them that junk was not only as good as an HK, but better! I guess as long as it puts a buck in your pocket, there is no harm in some idiot thinking that a piece of junk is a high end rifle… I see that the Mad Ogre…who wrote a contemptable piece entitled ‘Why I hate the AR15’ is now… Read more »
Jim
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Jim
6 years 11 months ago
Just givin’ ya some of your own back and saying some things that need to be said. Here’s a couple more: Do you think your suppliers will treat you better becuase you slag the crap out of them and their products? The guys at HK won’t sell you the time of day and I don’t blame ’em. You’re an ass! Yes, they have misgivings about selling to civvies. Who can blame them? The chicom/russo pricks that sell you those bargain basement Kalashnikovs also sell them to the pisslamic swine that kill our boys in the sand box every day. Nice… Read more »
Michael Z. Williamson
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6 years 9 months ago

“I have a couple HK’s, a Bushmaster and a Colt in my gun room”

My 11 year old daughter does better than that.;-D

destroyer
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destroyer
6 years 7 months ago
good for you jim! seriously! i hate it when these amateur chair softers just post a bunch of BS acting like they are firearms professionals. Consider this: why are H&K firearms the center of attention for the world’s special forces teams and tactical police units? i doubt its because they just want to spend money. There are no other pistols on the market that beat HK at the stress test…not even everybody’s beloved glock. Even the closely comparable sigs will crack at certain stress levels. oh and you can take your AK’s and shove them. Like Jim said, if you… Read more »
Noah
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Noah
6 years 11 months ago
I was a fairly die hard HK owner ( I still own two USP pistols in .45 ACP, one tactical and one standard USP) however, I have basically given up on purchasing nay more HK products. Awhile back I was in the market for a decent 9mm pistol to be used as a suppressor host. I ended up with a new Beretta 92 with tall LPA sights, and a tornado tech threaded barrel. I probably have $600 into the pistol, this is several hundred less than a USP 9mm tactical. What kills me on HK is that every item you… Read more »
pat
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pat
6 years 11 months ago
Im not what you call a die hard fan of HK. But i like them. Sure the make good firearms, but they arent the best company. I currently own a USP Tactical .45, a USP Match 9mm with JetFunnel and custom left hand slide release that I compete with, and an HK 91 which with no bias is one of my favorite rifles. however they are missing out on some serious money. and I mean serious money. With the popularity of the G36 these days, whether it is in the movies, on TV, or in video games, they are everywhere,… Read more »
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