Spuhr Collapsible G3 Stock Review

Alton C. is a guest writer for TFB and has contributed a number of articles in the past.

The HK G3 is still soldiering in active service on more than fifty
years after its introduction, but its ergonomics requires updating in the
modern age. The long length-of- pull is inconvenient for body armor use
and the comb only affords a chin weld with optics. The Spuhr
collapsible stock assembly addresses all these concerns and will equip
the AK4B (locally produced G3) of the Swedish Armed Forces.

Spuhr stock assembly with R-401 optical front rail and TA44 ACOG

Installation
The original metal back plate and buffer is mated to the Spuhr buffer
tube with either a long spacer (for standard G3 buffer) or a washer-thin
spacer (for long pneumatic buffer found on HK21/23 and AK4B). The
stock is then attached to the buffer tube similar to an AR-15. Lastly, the
cheek riser is secured at the front with a screw. The Spuhr product fitted
perfectly on the author’s PTR91 GIR, an American manufactured G3
pattern rifle.
The castle nut endplate provides one HK hook attachment point on
each side and duplicates the location of the Swedish Armed Forces
issued vapenfäste kolv strap system.

Stock adjustment lever denoted.

Adjustments

The six position stock can be adjusted from 40cm to 32cm (trigger to
buttpad). A spring loaded lever at the lower front of the stock is pulled
down for adjusting length with no lock necessary for a tight fit. This
adjustment can be performed with one hand after some practice.
The cheek riser is stationary and independent of stock position, as the
stock slides along a key on the underside of the cheek riser. The standard
riser worked well with the Trijicon TA44 ACOG on a high mount, but
8mm and 12mm ones are also available to accommodate larger objective
scopes and their taller mounts. While the iron sights are no longer
useable, the improved check weld with optics is more than a fair
tradeoff.

Shooting Impressions
Spuhr noticeably reduced felt recoil by improving the fit to user, and
by placing the stock in-line with the barrel. The square-on stance
afforded by the shorter stock allowed better recoil management and
protection when using armor. The serrations of the buttplate provided
positive grip with the plate carrier and slick clothing alike. A rubber pad,
to be released in the future will be sure to further improve handling.
The original stock positioned the shoulder below the recoil vector
which induced additional muzzle rise. The in-line positioning of the
Spuhr stock assembly was well proven in designs like the FG-42 to
mitigate such effects. This greatly tamed the recoil of the violent G3
roller delayed action.

Upgraded G3 can be used by the petite.

Conclusion

Spuhr collapsible stock assembly modernizes the G3 with improved
ergonomics and reduced recoil. The adjustable stock improved fit to
individuals and shooting positions, while the cheek riser improved optics
use. The in-line position of the stock with the barrel greatly tamed the
recoil to reduce fatigue and split times. These improvements are well
worth the consideration of any G3 user.



Miles

Infantry Marine, based in the Midwest. Specifically interested in small arms history, development, and usage within the MENA region and Central Asia. To that end, I run Silah Report, a website dedicated to analyzing small arms history and news out of MENA and Central Asia.

Please feel free to get in touch with me about something I can add to a post, an error I’ve made, or if you just want to talk guns. I can be reached at miles@tfb.tv


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  • NtW

    G3 = urgh

  • Martin Grønsdal

    damn, I’m old enough to say that this was my service rifle….

    • Eric

      Which country? Glad you still have your shoulder.

      • Martin Grønsdal

        Norway, the Telemark Battalion

        • gusto

          almost ironic that the token norweigan was in a skiing battalion 😛

          I am young enough to have had the ak5 but was a ksp carrier (both magand minimi

          but man when I later joined the reserves I loved the ak4

        • int19h

          Oh. I *have* to ask.

          When you did the “Til Valhall” shout, how badass did you feel at that moment, on a scale from 0 to Chuck Norris?

          • Martin Grønsdal

            All the way to Martin Grønsdal, which is past Chuck Norris.

      • Rnasser Rnasser

        In my experience, a real G3 does not have excessive recoil. I’ve shot a couple hundreds rounds in a day without discomfort.

        • Eric

          Yes, its just that it slows follow up shots, and has a low energy-to-recoil efficiency.

        • It’s just far more objectionable than the recoil from other 7.62x51mm rifles, like the FAL, AR10, M14…

          • Rnasser Rnasser

            Not IME.

    • Rasputin

      Same. Norwegian I assume?

    • Ευστάθιος Παλαιολόγος

      Carried a G3 for over 23 years

  • Auslander Raus

    $285?
    That grrl is going have a bruised bicep.

    • kalashnikev

      I’m thinking scope kiss too. “Rocket Launcher hold” is not an intended feature of this stock.

  • Anonymoose

    It’s been 60 years now, hasn’t it?

  • Jake Gaston

    How much does it weigh?

  • will ford

    Just put a choate folder on it?

  • jackalope

    Not having the irons available is a no-go. No bolt hold open was a no-go I chose to live with. No irons is one no-go too many.