I too would like to know what that end price will be, because I love that rifle. I played with them at SHOT and it's one great unit.
That said - nothing in HK's aresenal is cheap, so I would be surprised if this weapon would fall into the "affordable" category for the average working man.
If anyone has any info, that would be much appreciated on this end as well.
EDIT: I read on one of the HK forums that HK is going to produce civilian versions of both the 416 and 417 for sale here in the states. When HK didn't get the big government contract, they started looking for ways to recoup some of their loss from R & D. The source was another poster - so take it with a grain of salt....