The Roller-Lock Made Right

Good on you know which (relevant) company who’s motto that is.

In this round of 9-Hole Practical Accuracy, Josh and Henry take the PTR91, a US Made clone of the G3/HK91 series on the HK tooling, to work. Plus the scene references are a nice touch.

The G3 came about out of the battle rifle development phase that followed World War II. The FN FAL, AK, and M14 are all also products of that development period, but the western powers stuck with full power rifles longer than the Soviets. The G3 was West Germany’s answer to the expense of the FN FAL, which worked well but the complex machining of the carrier group made it a costly machine to build.

The G3 could take advantage of all the things the Germans had learned from the Sturmgewehr while it integrated itself and its new identity under NATO. The roller relayed blowback design allowed to rifle to remain fairly light while still being robust and controllable. The lack of moving parts around the barrel lent the design accuracy as motion wasn’t transferred and the barrel wasn’t flexed upon. It was a highly successful weapon and remains seen around the world. It remains in production a few places, including the US at PTR.

Keith Finch
Keith is the Editor-in-Chief of GAT Marketing Group editor@gatdaily.com A USMC Infantry Veteran and Small Arms and Artillery Technician, Keith covers the evolving training and technology from across the shooting industry. A Certified Instructor since 2009 he has taught concealed weapons courses in the West Michigan area in the years since and continues to pursue training and teaching opportunities as they arise.