1970s Bundeswehr G3 Rifle Manufacturing Video

Here is a video my friend Jim shared with me. It is a film made in the 70s and shows some of the manufacturing process for the HK G3. The video is interesting to watch but the music is a bit dated. I am expecting Adam West as Batman to show up at any moment. It is black and white and entirely in German. Enjoy.

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  • HH

    Great old school HK vid.
    If you stop and think about it…it’s amazing the number of steps and what all is needed to go from raw stock metal to a G3. Amazing.

    • jcitizen

      Other than the roller lock for the barrel, there were probably fewer steps than all but the AR variant family. When you look at what Stoner did with that invention, it was designed from the ground up to have as few manufacturing steps as possible, and using automatic screw machines instead of CNC. The AR-18 and Stoner 63 system was pure genius along that line. The only catch was the sophistication aluminum forging on the M16, but that was still superior and all science had been cleared up by the mid 1950s on that as a manufacturing challenge.

  • Bob

    Off topic: It always amuses me that some German words more or less made it into modern English and I can sometimes understand some of what is being said.

    • Martin Grønsdal

      English is a germanic language…. it is also heavily influenced by french… and norse

      • Phil Hsueh

        Don’t forget Latin too, from the time England was a Roman colony.

        • Jonathan Ferguson

          No-one spoke English in England until, well, the English moved there (the Roman province was Britannia; England, Wales, & bits of Scotland). There was no real Latin influence on English, though Latin became the language of the church.

          • Phil Hsueh

            I disagree, true, English as we know it didn’t exist back during the days of the Roman Empire but the roots of it were there and Latin most definitely had an influence. While the native peoples there would have spoke their own language initially over time Latin words would have made its way into their language as exposure to the Romans increased and as some of the natives started to become more Roman.

          • Jonathan Ferguson

            Sorry, but no. The native ‘Celtic’ British language was wiped out outside Scotland, Wales, & Cornwall by the Germanic settlement. The Angles, Saxons etc who settled England brought Latin derived words with them, but they didn’t come from the Roman invasion, was my point. English began with a clean slate AFTER the Romans pulled out of Britain.

          • Phil Hsueh

            So I’m half right then. I’m right about the Latin influence in English but wrong about the source.

          • ostiariusalpha

            The Latin (and also classical Greek) influence comes in much later with Shakespeare and other contempory members of the English Renaissance that wanted to give English a more educated, classical polish, so they just started introducing latinized forms of words & neologisms like crazy in everything they wrote. A lot of it didn’t stick, but plenty enough of it did to lead to a rapid expansion in the vocabularies of educated English-speakers.

          • jcitizen

            I’s say you were right, but not tied to a percentage.

          • jcitizen

            I find it hard to believe some of the old influences didn’t remain – even if your history is correct, which it is. Language is always a very fluid changing thing. When I talk like I did as a kid around today’s millennials, they don’t know what I’m saying. I like peppering my speech with colloquialisms and old proverbs. History would be the same way. And on the other foot, the kids can lose me pretty quick; but I catch up fast.

          • Jonathan Ferguson

            Edited: never mind, my last wasn’t showing up on my stupid phone.

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  • Hokum

    Somehow this feels like Wolfenstein 🙂
    The video is pure German awesomeness )

    • RMP52

      Would love to have one of those crates of finished rifles!

  • Martin Grønsdal

    it is fantastic to watch these videos. They are from the 70ies. The Germans work with german accuracy as always. Given that the film is from the 70ies, and the guys are quite old… who knows what they did 25 years earlier…

    did they drink wine in Paris, hoping the unfortunate war would soon be over?

    did they kill innocent civilians in Warszawa during the uprising?

    did they execute 100 russian POW in a ravine somewhere in the ukraine?

    • Abram

      Really? While certainly of a logic, of all the things to comment about, you choose to whimsically speculate on the potential of undiscovered killers, working at a weapon factory.

      I’ve always liked the roller lock rifles, they chamber with the confidence of a bank vault.

      • JK

        According to its leader at the time, Germany had 100% gun registration in 1937. So we can safely assume nothing bad happened there after that.

        Anyhoo…I’d end up with the rifle they haphazardly threw in pieces onto the ground.

        I know, it’s unlikely to have damaged anything. But it just seems wrong.

      • Martin Grønsdal

        The G3 was my service rifle, and I loved it too.

        In addition to that, I am also able to distinguish a product from German crimes.

        • jcitizen

          There was so much killing in WW2 that my Dad could barely tell the difference – all the killing was bad – he was petrified about bombing civilians, and apologized to his relatives after the war. They thought he was silly for feeling bad, but we didn’t know he had un-diagnosed PTS, until he accidentally ran over a turtle in the road and had a flashback that damn near rendered him unconscious. I say it is time to forgive but not forget. We all should do that, or we will end up like the Middle East with Shia and Sunni hatred for 1000 years and more! That is just plain evil.

    • Schadavi

      Google “Denazification”. Nearly all important Nazis and war criminals were prosecuted. We still have court cases open today in Germany, right now there is a case against a former camp guard.

      The weapons industry in Germany, especially those delivering to the Bundeswehr in the cold war, always watched employees very closely.

      • Martin Grønsdal

        Google Heinz Reinefarth – and his friends, Operation Paperclip, and the percentage of surviving SS personell punished after serving at different camps.

        You will soon find that almost no one was punished.

        I guess 70 years of peace has its costs.

        • jcitizen

          Well we sure tried De-Ba’athification Iraq, and see what it got us? I think General Marshall was faced with the facts that the criminal Nazis that were left and didn’t ex cape to South America, were preferential to the Soviets, of which Stalin has the world’s record for genocide. I think he took the lesser of two evils, and went with it. Remember, we were all staring down atomic annihilation. Not an easy choice to make.

      • Martin Grønsdal

        Heinz Reinefarth became a mayor. Judges that sentenced Polish slaveworkers to death, continued as judges, etc, etc. van dem Bach, that with Reinefarth killed 250.000 civilians in Warszawa, was never tried for that – but for killing an ethnic German in the 30ies…. congratulations with your denazification

  • tony

    accuracy requirement/factory spec is 8cm at 100m, 3 MOA

    • Xeno Da Morph

      Welcome to the reality of NATO ammunition requirements as per entirety of contract.

  • Xeno Da Morph

    That really flughafen-ed my ausfahrt. Awesome vid!

  • ChupaMe

    I love watching the old manufacturing vids-no eye or hearing pro, no hard hats. . .those were the days.

    • jcitizen

      To me you can’t beat a manufacturing job like that; but I’m a shop monkey, and would probably put my living room on a shop floor if I had a chance.

  • Marty Ewer

    Very cool.

  • Gunner4guy

    Nice to see how one of my rifles was made, possibly even one of the ones in the promo film might be mine! As someone else commented, gotta love the ‘safety’ procedures of the time regardless of whether it was in the FRG or the US or…! Really appreciate the film being converted to video and then posted….a glimpse of how we got where we are today which many tend to forget/ignore.