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Heckler & Koch G3 facts for kids
|Heckler & Koch G3|
The Heckler & Koch G3A4 (top) and G3A3 (bottom)
|Place of origin||West Germany|
|Wars||Portuguese Colonial War
Rhodesian Bush War
Nigerian Civil War
Turkish invasion of Cyprus
South African Border War
Lebanese Civil War
Salvadoran Civil War
Ethiopian Civil War
Sierra Leone Civil War
War in North-West Pakistan
Operation Enduring Freedom/ISAF—Afghanistan
War in Afghanistan
Mexican Drug War
Syrian Civil War
Somali Civil War
Yemeni Civil War (2015)
|Manufacturer||Heckler & Koch|
|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)
|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|
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, but they changed to the G28 for "designated marksmen".
Images for kids
A Norwegian soldier with the license-built AG-3F2 model fitted with a Brügger & Thomet railed forend, vertical grip and Aimpoint red dot sight.
A Latvian soldier with a Swedish-made Ak4 in Iraq, 2006.
G3s made in Pakistan under license.
Pakistani soldier carrying the G3A4 variant after successful Swat Operation at the highest point in the Swat valley on May 12, 2009.
A Bundeswehr G3 fitted with a FERO-Z51 night vision optic
Soldiers from the Portuguese Army, 2nd Mechanical Battalion in Bosnia-Herzegovina with INDEP-made G3s
A Saudi infantryman with the G3A4 rifle