Heckler & Koch G3

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Heckler & Koch G3
DCB Shooting G3 pictures.jpg
The Heckler & Koch G3A4 (top) and G3A3 (bottom)
Type Battle rifle
Place of origin West Germany
Service history
In service 1959–present
Wars Portuguese Colonial War[1]
Rhodesian Bush War
Six-Day War
Nigerian Civil War
Turkish invasion of Cyprus
South African Border War
Carnation Revolution
The Troubles
Iranian Revolution
Iran–Iraq War
Lebanese Civil War
Nicaraguan Revolution
Salvadoran Civil War
Turkey–PKK conflict
Ethiopian Civil War
Gulf War
Yugoslav Wars
Sierra Leone Civil War
War in North-West Pakistan
Operation Enduring Freedom/ISAF—Afghanistan
Iraq War
War in Afghanistan
Colombian conflict
Mexican Drug War[2]
Syrian Civil War[3]
Somali Civil War
Iraqi Insurgency
Yemeni Civil War (2015)[4]
Production history
Designed 1956
Manufacturer Heckler & Koch
Produced 1958–present
Number built 7,000,000[5]
Specifications
Weight 4.1 kg (9.04 lb) (G3A3)
4.7 kg (10 lb) (G3A4)
5.54 kg (12.2 lb) with optic (G3SG/1)
4.1 kg (9.0 lb) (G3K)
Length 1,025 mm (40.4 in) (G3A3)
1,025 mm (40.4 in) stock extended / 840 mm (33.1 in) stock collapsed (G3A4)
1,025 mm (40.4 in) (G3SG/1)
895 mm (35.2 in) stock extended / 711 mm (28.0 in) stock collapsed (G3K)
Barrel length 450 mm (17.7 in)
315 mm (12.4 in) (G3K)

Cartridge 7.62×51mm NATO
Action Roller-delayed blowback
Rate of fire 500–600 rounds/min
Muzzle velocity 800 m/s (2,625 ft/s)
Effective range 500 metres (550 yd), 100–400 m sight adjustments
Feed system 20-round detachable box 30-round detachable box and 50-round drum magazine
Sights Rear: rotary diopter; front: hooded post

The Heckler & Koch G3 is a rifle developed by Heckler & Koch and the Spanish state-owned design and development agency CETME. It has a 20 rounds magazine, that holds 7.62mm NATO ammunition.

It was invented in the 1950s, and was the main weapon of the German army (Bundeswehr). Now the main weapon is the G36. Many German soldiers want the old G3 back. The G3 is still in service as a sniper rifle,[source?] but they changed to the G28 for "designated marksmen".

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