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The HK417, also known as M417 is a German battle rifle manufactured by Heckler & Koch. It is a gas-operated, selective fire rifle with a rotating bolt and is essentially an enlarged M416. Chambered for the 7.62×51mm NATO, it is intended for use as a designated marksman rifle, and in other roles where the greater penetrative power and range of the 7.62mm round are required. It has been adopted for service by a number of armed forces, special forces, and police organizations.

The G28 is a designated marksman rifle based on civilian MR308 for the German Bundeswehr.

The original HK417 appeared in Battlefield 3 as M417 while the G28 variant appeared in Battlefield 2042 as G428.

Battlefield 3[]

"This bigger brother of M416 features a heavier 16 inch barrel as well as an enlarged receiver capable of handling the heavy 7.62 round. The high precision and stopping power of this rifle makes it ideal as a DMR, and it sees service in many armed forces worldwide."

— Battlelog description

The M417 is a weapon introduced in the Battlefield 3: Close Quarters expansion and is unlocked upon the completion of the Team Player assignment. It was first seen in the Close Quarters Donya Fortress Gameplay Trailer through the killfeed.

The M417 specializes for medium to close range engagements, killing in 2-3 shots at mid-range. At longer ranges the rifle can be used for suppression or counter sniping to some effect, but its slightly lower accuracy and bullet velocity compared to other sniper rifles makes it suited for close quarters engagements. Although not very reliable, the M417 can be use to hip fire at extreme close range while in a pinch or the player simply does not have time to pull out sidearm; if playing on smaller maps, the player can add Laser Sight to increase hip fire accuracy.

For attachments pictures, see M417/Attachments.


Battlefield 2042[]

"Great battle rifle adopted in many special forces worldwide thanks to its stopping and penetrative power, an instant classic."

— In-game description

The G428 is weapon featured in Battlefield 2042, introduced in Dark Creations season. It is unlocked by reaching tier 46 in the Battle Pass. Afterwards, it is unlocked through assignments.

The weapon has low recoil from the start and a quick reload for both partial and empty. It also has an automatic mode, but the practical rate of fire will not be significantly higher than semi-automatic, if not the same.

This rifle is designed for close range combat, but it also has a certain level of competitiveness in the medium range.[1]

Damage Chart[]

Ammunition types 0-19m 20-39m 40-49m 50-124m >125m
High-Power 60 60 45 35 35
Standard Issue 60 45 35 35 25
Subsonic 60 60 45 35 35
Standard Issue / Extended 60 45 35 35 25



Battlefield 2042 G428 Factory Factory
Battlefield 2042 G428 Carbon Series Carbon Series
G428 Mastery 1 (T5)
Battlefield 2042 G428 Rising Storm Rising Storm
Turning Point Premium Battle Pass tier 76
Battlefield 2042 G428 Tier 1 Tier 1
G428 Mastery 40 (T1)
Battlefield 2042 G428 Superior Ascendant Superior Ascendant
Turning Point Premium Battle Pass tier 30
Battlefield 2042 G428 Supercooled Supercooled
Dark Creations Premium Battle Pass tier 80
Battlefield 2042 G428 Summary Judgement Summary Judgement
750 BFC (Weapon Skin)
1,750 BFC (Brutal Measures Bundle)


Battlefield 3[]

  • Unlike the M416 and M27 IAR, it uses same foldable iron sights as the P90, Mk11 Mod 0, DAO-12, and M40A5.
  • In the Gun Master gamemode from the Close Quarters DLC, the M417 is equipped with a Flash Suppressor, an attachment that can be equipped to the weapon in multiplayer only by DICE developers.
  • If equipped while running, the M417 will be held with just a hand on the pistol grip. The other hand isn't seen on the handle or on the Foregrip. A similar thing occurs with the SG553. This does not occur on the PlayStation 3 version of Battlefield 3.
  • In the Battlefield 3: Aftermath expansion, the XBOW appears to be a crossbow made out of a non working M417 with parts that can be found around damaged cars in the maps.
  • All of the DLC sniper rifles do not have scopes attached on their respective proficiency dog tag, the M417 amongst them.

Battlefield 4[]

  • In the early version of the July 8 Patch Notes for Battlefield 4, there was a typo that had sent some rumors that the M417 might be returning to Battlefield 4, but a couple of days later, the forum post was edited stating that is was only a typo and the M417 does not exist in Battlefield 4.