Specifications for the
Rheinmetall MG3 (Maschinengewehr Modell 3)
General Purpose Machine Gun
Country of Origin: Germany
Manufacturer: Rheinmetall GmbH - Germany
Initial Year of Service: 1968
Overall Length: 1225mm (48.23in)
Barrel Length: 0.00mm (0.00in)
Weight (Empty): 23.15lbs (10.50kg)
Caliber: 7.62x51mm NATO
Action: Recoil-Operated; Automatic Fire Only
Feed: Various; Metal-Link Belt Fed
Rate-of-Fire: 650 rounds per minute
MG1 - Redesignated from the MG42/59 when adopted as the standard GPMG.
MG1A1 - Issued with chromium-plated bore; limited to DM1 link belts; experimental weapon.
MG1A2 - Varying fire from DM1 or M13 link belts; based on the 1A1 variant; experimental weapon.
MG1A3 - Improved muzzle booster addition; based on the 1A1 variant; modifications to feed, trigger and bipod assemblies.
MG2 - Pre-1945 models (MG 42) modified to fire the newly accepted 7.61x51mm NATO standard cartridge.
MG3 - Improved MG1 model redesigned to accept DM1 and DM13 belt feed system types.
MG3A1 - Similar to the MG1A4; rubber shoulder pad.
MG42/59 - Initial Production Market Designation as applied by Rheinmetall.
MG58 - Austrian-converted MG 42 models.
MG74 - Austrian-produced versions similar to MG 42 by Steyr-Daimler-Puch AG.
"Fucile Mitragliatore" / "Mitragliatrice" - Italian-produced variant.