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H&KG41
G41
Country of origin

Germany

Designer

Heckler und Koch

Production began

1984

Production ended

1996

Weapon type

Assault rifle

Caliber

5.56x45mm NATO

Action

Delayed blowback

Overall length

997 millimeters

Barrel length

450 millimeters

Weight empty

4.1 kilograms

Magazine/Cylinder capacity

20 or 30 rounds

Cyclic rate

850 rounds per minute


The Heckler & Koch G41 is an assault rifle chambered for 5.56x45mm NATO. It was meant to replace the aging G3 and was a companion of the G11.

HistoryEdit

H&K based the G41 off the Heckler & Koch HK33E, another one of H&K's rifles. It began service in 1981. While the G11 was issued to the front lines, the G41 was issued to the second line. However, when the G11 project was canceled, the G41 was brought down with it. It was discontinued from use by the Bundeswehr (German Army), and when Germany tried to sell it to other countries, many rejected it because, while effective, it was very expensive. The G36 ended up replacing it. There is thought to only be 3 full transferable G41s in the U.S. One of them recently went up for sale, selling for roughly $40,000 U.S. Dollars.

As for foreign users, only one country still uses the G-41: Turkey. MKME, the weapons manufacturer of that country, produced a number of these weapons under license, and it is currently used by elite military units.

Design detailsEdit

The G41 is a roller-delayed blowback-operated select-fire assault rifle, similar in appearance to the Heckler & Koch G3 and Heckler & Koch MP5. It is chambered for 5.56x45mm NATO ammunition and has a barrel length of 450 millimeters (approximately 21 inches, flash hider included). All G41 variants feature a S-1-3-F fire control group.

VariantsEdit

G41A1Edit

H&KG41

The G41A1 has a fixed stock and 1:305mm (1:12) rifling, and a 20-inch barrel.


G41A2Edit

H&KG41A2

The G41A2 has a 1-position collapsible stock and 1:178mm (1:7) rifling.


G41A3Edit

H&KG41A2

The G41A3 also has a 1-position collapsible stock, but has a 1:12 rifling twist, like the G41A1.


G41KEdit

The G41K is a carbine variant of the G41. It features a shortened 380 mm (approximately 14.5 inches) barrel, 1:178mm (1:7) rifling and a 1-position retractable stock. Unlike other variants, it is too short to mount the HK79 or fire rifle grenades.

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