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HKG3A2
Heckler & Koch G3
Country of origin

West Germany

Manufacturer(s)

Heckler & Koch

Designer(s)

CETME
Mauser
Heckler & Koch

Year(s) designed

1950s

Production began

1958

Weapon type

Battle rifle

Caliber

7.62×51mm NATO

Action

Blowback

Overall length

40.3 in (102.3 cm)

Barrel length

17.7 in (45 cm)

Weight

9.9 lbs (4.5 kg)

Magazine/Cylinder capacity

20-round box

Maximum effective range

500 meters

Muzzle velocity

780-800 m/s

Used by

See Users

The G3 is a West German battle rifle designed by Heckler & Koch during the 1950s. One of the most well-known assault rifles in existence, the G3 is very widely used by many countries around the world. Its design can be traced back to old prototypes as manufactured by CEAM in France, such as the CEAM Modèle 1950, which evolved into the CETME rifle, which is what the G3's design is based on. The G3 was the standard rifle of the Bundeswehr between the late 1950s and late 1990s, has been replaced by the G36 and G3s are not sold in Heckler & Koch stores.

History

During the 1950s, West Germany was faced with the dilemma of rearming with the new 7.62x51mm NATO cartridge that was being fielded by NATO at the time. Initially, the Bundeswehr (German Army) tried to purchase manufacturing rights for the FN FAL from FN, but Belgium rejected the proposition. The Bundeswehr then bought manufacturing of the CETME Model A, transferred the design to Heckler & Koch, who then began modifying the design, eventually manufacturing the rifle as the G3.

Design details

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The G3 rifle is a select-fire, magazine-fed, roller-delayed blowback rifle, developed by German engineers at Mauser Werke late in the 2nd World War and refined in Spain, at the CETME company.

Initial models of the G3 rifle were quite similar to CETME rifles, and even had "CETME" markings on the receivers (until 1961 or so). It is built around Vorgrimlers' roller delayed blowback system. This system employs a two-part bolt with two rollers. The front bolt part (bolt head) is relatively light and has a bolt face with extractor on it. It also has a hollow cavity at the rear, in which an inclined forward end of the rear part of the bolt is inserted. The system features two rollers, inserted from the sides into the bolt head and rested on the inclined forward end of the bolt rear.

Most military G3 rifles feature a green and gray parkerized finish.[1]

Operation

When the rifle is fired, the pressure begins to move the cartridge back against the bolt face. The rollers, which are extended into the recesses in the barrel extension, began to move inward into the bolt head, due to inclined shape of the recesses. This movement translates into the faster rearward movement of the heavier bolt body, so at the initial moments of the shot, when pressure in the chamber is still high, the bolt face moves relatively slow.

When the pressure drops to a reasonable level, the rollers disengage the barrel extension completely and the bolt head and the bolt body move backward at the same speed, extracting and ejecting the spent case and chambering a fresh cartridge on the way back.

Receiver

The G3 is built using as many stamped steel parts as possible. The receiver is stamped from sheet steel. The trigger unit housing along with pistol handle frame, also are stamped from steel and hinged to the receiver using the cross-pin in the front of the trigger unit, just behind the magazine housing.

Variants

The earliest G3 rifles also featured stamped handguards and CETME-type flip-up rear diopter sights. In 1964, the original G3 was upgraded to the G3A3. These rifles had ventilated plastic handguards and drum-type rear diopter sights, marked from 100 to 400 meters.

Every G3 rifle can be equipped with detachable bipods and claw-type detachable optic mounts. Long-barreled variants can be fitted with a bayonet or used to launch rifle grenades from the barrel. The folding charging handle is located on the special tube above the barrel, at the left side, and does not reciprocate when the rifle is fired. The selector switch is located above the trigger guard on the left side of the trigger group housing and usually is marked "S - E - F" (Safe - Semi-auto - Full auto). Latest models could have selectors marked with colored icons. It holds 20 rounds in the magazine.

G3

H&KG3

The G3.

Standard variant with wooden handguard and buttstock.

G3A3

H&KG3A31

The G3A3 with slimline handguard.

H&KG3A32

The G3A3 with wide handguard.

The most famous variant, the G3A3 was a fixed stock variant. It featured drum sights, a fixed polymer buttstock, and a polymer handguard. The handguard came in a slim, ventilated variant, and a wide variant. The latter allows for attachment of a bipod.

Late German production G3A3 models were built using new trigger units, integral with restyled pistol grip and trigger guard, made from polymer. In 1996, the G3A3 was replaced by the G36 and are not sold in Heckler & Koch stores except the MP5 (submachine gun based on the G3).

G3A4

H&KG3A4

The G3A4 with wide handguard.

The G3A4 is a collapsible stock variant, with a retractable metallic stock with rubber buttplate, similar to the MP5A3.

Late German production G3A4 models were built using new trigger units, integral with restyled pistol grip and trigger guard, made from polymer.

G3KA4

H&KG3KA4

The G3KA4 with wide handguard.

Carbine version of the G3A4 with a shorter barrel.

G3SG/1

HKG3SG1

The G3SG/1 with wide handguard.

Accurized G3A3 with a wide forearm and bipod with a sniper stock and a scope. Semi auto only.

HK91

HK91A2

The HK91A2 with G3A3 stock and wide handguard.

HK91A3

The HK91A3 with G3A4 stock and wide handguard.

The HK91 is a semi-automatic variant of the G3A3 and G3A4. The '9' stands for semi-automatic export, and the '1' denotes the .308 Winchester chambering.[2] The HK91 has a slightly different trigger group than the G3; instead of the swing-down trigger group that attaches with a push pin, it has a clip-and-pin trigger group that sits on a receiver shelf. The selector switch prevents movement to the AUTO position, and the bolt carrier has a milled slot that will not engage an auto sear catch.

There are no bayonet mounts on these rifles, the grenade launcher rings have been removed from the barrel, it lacks a paddle-style magazine release, and it has a black enamel finish instead of the green and gray parkerizing. Early imports had a blue and gray finish.[3]

These rifles were discontinued in 1989 after the importation ban on "non-sporting" firearms. The rifle was banned by name.

AG-3

AG-3

The AG-3.

Norwegian variant of the G3A3 introduced in 1967.

Ak 4

Ak 4

The Ak 4.

Main article: Ak 4


Swedish variant of the G3A3 used by Sweden between 1965 and 1985. The Ak 5 entered Swedish service in 1985 and the Ak 4 is currently used by two former Soviet states, Estonia and Lithuania.

PTR-91

PTR-91

The PTR-91.

American semi automatic variant of the G3A3 manufactured by PTR.

Users

NATO

Albania
Croatia
Estonia: Swedish Ak 4 was used.
France
Germany
Greece
Iceland: Norwegian AG-3 was used.
Italy
Latvia
Lithuania: Swedish Ak 4 was used.
Netherlands
Norway: AG-3 variant.
Poland
Portugal
Romania
Spain
Turkey
United Kingdom
United States

Non-NATO

Algeria
Argentina
Australia
Austria
Azerbaijan
Bahrain
Bangladesh
Bolivia
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bhutan
Brazil
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Cambodia
Cameroon
Cape Verde
Central African Republic
Chad
Chile
Colombia
Cyprus
Dominican Republic
Djibouti
Ecuador
El Salvador
Ethiopia
Gabon
Georgia
Ghana
Guinea
Guyana
Haiti
Hong Kong
Indonesia
Iran
Iraq
Iraqi Kurdistan
Ireland
Ivory Coast
Jordan
Kenya
Kuwait
Lebanon
Liberia
Libya
Macau
Macedonia
Malawi
Malaysia
Mauritania
Mexico
Morocco
Myanmar
Nicaragua
Niger
Nigeria
Northern Cyprus
Oman
Pakistan
Paraguay
Peru
Qatar
Rwanda
Saudi Arabia
Senegal
Serbia
Somalia
Somaliland
South Sudan
Sudan
Sweden: Ak 4 variant.
Tanzania
Thailand
Togo
United Arab Emirates
Uganda
Yemen
Zambia
Zimbabwe

Former users

Denmark
Luxembourg
Philippines
Rhodesia
South Africa
Sri Lanka
West Germany
Zaire

See also

References

  1. http://m4carbine.net/showthread.php?t=78756
  2. "The HK 91 (9 representing the 90 series of semi auto imports and the 1 denoting the .308 caliber) is basically a semi auto copy of the HK G3 (Gewehr 3) select fire military rifle."
  3. List of features

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