Does the Bundeswehr still use the MG3?
Despite several attempts to replace it, the MG3 remains in service with the Bundeswehr. In 2005 the Bundeswehr selected the 5.56-by-45-millimeter MG4 light machine gun.
Does Germany still use the MG42?
It is the primary general-purpose machine gun of the modern German armed forces (Bundeswehr). A number of other (NATO) armies around the world have adopted the MG3, and it remains in widespread service today.
What is replacing the MG3?
The MG5 will replace the MG3 as a medium machine gun. The fully automatic weapon enables short and long bursts of fire with a range of up to 1,000 meters.
Whats the difference between the MG3 and MG42?
The primary difference between the two weapons is caliber. The MG-42 is chambered in the standard WW2-era German cartridge, 7.92mm Mauser. The MG-3, however, has been rechambered to fire 7.62mm NATO.
What is the future of the MG3 machine gun in Germany?
The HK121 is being adopted as the future Bundeswehr machine gun, but it will be a very long time before budgets allow enough to be procured to retire the 10,000s (100,000?) MG3 machine guns in service. Enter the MG3KWS (“Kampfwertsteigerung” or “Combat Improvements”), an upgraded version of the MG3 being developed by Rheinmetall and Tactics Group.
What kind of gun is an MG 3?
The MG 3 is a German general-purpose machine gun chambered for the 7.62×51mm NATO cartridge. The weapon’s design is derived from the World War II era MG 42 Einheitsmaschinengewehr (Universal machine gun) that fired the 7.92×57mm Mauser round.
What does MG3 stand for?
Not to be confused with MG 3 (car). The MG 3 is a German general-purpose machine gun chambered for the 7.62×51mm NATO cartridge. The weapon’s design is derived from the World War II era MG 42 Einheitsmaschinengewehr (Universal machine gun) that fired the 7.92×57mm Mauser round.
What is the difference between the Mg2 and MG3?
It proved to be more economical to re-purpose old MG42 rifles, and just re-chamber them in 7.62 NATO. By 1958, these re-purposed rifles were designated as the MG2, and by 1959, Rheinmetall began new production of the 7.62 NATO machine guns, designated as the MG3.