I've fired the 416 and M4, both with and without all the attachments (most of which you can get on the L85 with the UOR foregrip)
Compared to the L85, I found the balance to be very poor, and with the shorter barrels, accuracy at anything more than 100-200m fell of a cliff. With the 20" barrel version of the 416 (i.e. similar to L85) and a x4 sight, the weight is very similar to L85.
Read KoK's post again.
then print it out and re-read it
It's not a bad weapon, but it doesn't meet any current requirement, and as such has not been purchased for use by Them
the 416c will not be replacing the SA80A2, which is probably the best pound for pound rifle out there at present (now that the kinks have been ironed out, admittidley) but the whole M4 family are no better and ceratinly wouldn't justify the cost of replacing the SA80A2 fleet just yet
the 416c was modified by the manufacturer to meet a requirement that was subsequently dropped. just imagine for a second how ******* horrible firing a 5.56mm rifle , with a 10 inch barrel, on full auto, inside a moving car would be like.
Been doing a lot with the C8 lately, and it's remarkably accurate especially for a 12 inch barrel. The 416C looks like an HK'd up C8/M4 IMHO, shorter barrel would be good for CQB, but like the C8 at longer ranges it would not be up to it. There is absolutely no need to replace the A2, particularly since it has been upgraded and given new UOR equipment/add ons, it's overall body length makes it suitable for CQB and it's longer barrel length gives decent accuracy (from and experienced marksman) out to 600m, still abit heavy though.