The HK G3, like the FAL and the M14, were the definitive three of the early battle rifle era. This is the time period after the US decreed that NATO would use 7.62x51mm and then very quickly developed 5.56 rifles because the M14 was less than fantastic. The rest of the alliance, and their better working and modern modern rifles had far less reason to chase the switch to 5.56 than the US. They did give us plenty of stink eye after we forced them not to use .276/.280 though.
I bet we are getting another round of that as we adopt a .276 (.277 Fury/6.8x51mm) like we had the opportunity to do a century ago.
However, this isn’t about that. This video is about the Germans and their G3 modernized as a follow on from Josh and Henry’s last video about the rifle’s history. The G3, the updated CETME out of Spain, had a tremendous amount of modern modular potential decades before that became a buzzword in this space. Now, it still keeps up rather well and its shortcomings are manageable. Other rifles with manageable shortcomings include AKs, AUG, and the aforementioned FAL.
The short version of the information was, is, and will remain for many years to come that this rifle series can hang when it is properly made and maintained.