TFB's Rifle (And Subgun) Weight Omnibus – How Heavy is Your Rifle? (Part 1 of 3)

Nathaniel F
by Nathaniel F

In October, I traveled out to see my co-writer Alex C. to collect data on the weights of different long guns and some of their components. Over that weekend, I weighed 58 rifles and submachine guns, and numerous magazines, bolts, bolt carriers, and other miscellaneous items. The purpose of this was not only to collate a general list of the weights of different weapons, but to be able to enhance the accuracy of a previous spreadsheet I’d produced showing the loaded “combat” weights of different rifles; that being available at this link.

Note 1. The weights on the scale are in kilograms, period, grams. Therefore, if the scale reads “3.425”, that should be read “three kilograms, four-hundred twenty-five grams”. If the scale reads “3. 25”, that should be read “three kilograms, twenty-five grams”. I realize most of my readers probably are more familiar with pounds than they are kilograms, so the weights have been converted in the text body. The conversion factor I am using, for those who want to check my work – please do, by the way – is 2.205 pounds per kilogram.

Note 2. Where practical, I removed slings before weighing rifles, however, some rifles were weighed with their slings attached. In some of these cases, the slings have their weight bearing on the table, effectively removing them from the rifle, but it still should be noted that the weight of the slings may be throwing off these values, slightly. Where the slings are fully on the scale with the rifle, this should be made obvious by the image. Most cotton and leather slings have a similar weight, so this can be subtracted from the value shown on the scale to give bare rifle weight, if desired. I weighed a USGI cotton web sling, which came out to 0.126 kilograms, or 0.278 pounds. Leather slings will vary a lot, but a USGI leather M1907 sling weighs approximately 0.320 kilograms, or 0.706 pounds.

Now, without further ado, I present my findings on the unloaded weights of these weapons, and the weights of their magazines, in alphabetical order.

1. ARMALITE AR-180 (Costa Mesa)

Weight, Rifle: 3.390 kg, 7.745 lb

Weight, Magazine: 0.082 kg, 0.181 lb


Weight, Rifle: 3.640 kg, 8.026 lb

Weight, Magazine: 0.122 kg, 0.269 lb


Weight, Rifle: 3.608 kg, 7.956 lb

Weight, Magazine: 0.258 kg, 0.569 lb


Weight, Rifle: 3.766 kg, 8.304 lb

Weight, Magazine: 0.138 kg, 0.304 lb


Weight, Rifle: 3.666 kg, 8.084 lb

Weight, Magazine: Same as 8, 0.106 kg, 0.,234 lb

6. CENTURY VZ2008, FIXED STOCK (SA vz. 58 clone)

Weight, Rifle: 3.048 kg, 6.721 lb

Weight, Magazine: 0.192 kg, 0.423 lb

7. CENTURY VZ2008, FOLDING STOCK (SA vz. 58 clone)

Weight, Rifle: 2.832 kg, 6.245 lb

Weight, Magazine: 0.192 kg, 0.423 lb

8. COLT LE6920

Weight, Rifle+Optic: 3.400 kg, 7.497 lb

Weight, Optic: 0.430 kg, 0.948 lb

Weight, Rifle: 2.970 kg, 6.549 lb

Weight, Magazine: 0.106 kg, 0.234 lb

9. DAEWOO K1A1, 16″ BBL

Weight, Rifle: 2.962 kg, 6.531 lb

Weight, Magazine: Same as 8, 0.106 kg, 0.234 lb


Weight, Rifle: 3.544 kg, 7.815 lb

Weight, Magazine: Same as 8, 0.106 kg, 0.234 lb

11. FN FNC

Weight, Rifle: 3.720 kg, 8.203 lb

Weight, Magazine: 0.220 kg, 0.485 lb


Weight, Rifle: 3.694 kg, 8.145 lbs

Weight, Magazine: Same as 8, 0.106 kg, 0.234 lb


Weight, Rifle: 4.282 kg, 9.442 lb

Weight, Magazine: 0.240 kg, 0.529 lb

14. FN SCAR 16S

Weight, Rifle: 3.214 kg, 7.087 lbs

Weight, Magazine: Same as 11, 0.220 kg, 0.485 lb

15. FN SCAR 17S

Weight, Rifle: 3.616 kg, 7.973 lb

Weight, Magazine: 0.242 kg, 0.534 lb

16. G.41 (M)

Weight, Rifle: 4.916 kg, 10.840 lb

Weight, Magazine: N/A

17. G.43 (W)

Weight, Rifle: 4.108 kg, 9.058 lb

Weight, Magazine: 0.216 kg, 0.476 lb

Weight, Optic (ZFK43): 0.652 kg, 1.438 lb


Weight, Rifle: 4.404 kg, 9.711 lb

Weight, Magazine: 0.304 kg, 0.670 lb


Weight, Rifle: 3.426 kg, 7.554 lb

Weight, Magazine: Same as 8, 0.106 kg, 0.234 lb

20. HK G3 (PTR91, wood furniture)

Weight, Rifle: 4.192 kg, 9.243 lb

Weight, Magazine (Steel): 0.268 kg, 0.591 lb

Weight, Magazine (Aluminum): 0.134 kg, 0.295 lb

21. HK G36K

Weight, Rifle: 2.958 kg, 6.522 lb

Weight, Magazine: 0.136 kg, 0.300 lb

22. HK MP5

Weight, Rifle: 2.618 kg, 5.773 lb

Weight, Magazine: 0.180 kg, 0.397 lb

23. HK MP5K-PDW (MKE receiver)

Weight, Rifle: 2.620 kg, 5.777 lb

Weight, Magazine: 0.120 kg, 0.269 lb

24. HK MR556 SBR (HK416 D10RS config.)

Weight, Rifle: 2.828 kg, 6.236 lb

Weight, Magazine: 0.246 kg, 0.542 lb

25. HK33

Weight, Rifle: 3.962 kg, 8.736 lb

Weight, Magazine: 0.244 kg, 0.538 lb

26. HK53

Weight, Rifle: 3.464 kg, 7.638 lb

Weight, Magazine: Same as 25, 0.244 kg, 0.538 lb


Weight, Rifle: 4.414 kg, 9.733 lb

Weight, Magazine: 0.258 kg, 0.569 lb

28. M1 CARBINE (early, no bayonet lug)

Weight, Rifle: 2.080 kg, 4.586 lb

Weight, Magazine: 0.078 kg, 0.172 lb

29. M1 GARAND (with M1907 sling)

Weight, Rifle: 4.790 kg, 10.562 lb


Weight, Rifle: 4.798 kg, 10.580 lb

Weight, Magazine: 0.238 kg, 0.525 lb

Stay tuned for Part 2, where we’ll weigh everything from a SIG AMT to a Pedersen rifle!

Nathaniel F
Nathaniel F

Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. He can be reached via email at

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  • Core Core on Jan 12, 2016

    The HK45 seems uber light, did you weigh one yet?

  • J Garcia Sampedro J Garcia Sampedro on Jan 13, 2016

    Since it's not there, a CETME L rifle weight is 3kg 420 grams (first series were 20 grams lighter). Magazines were a tad heavier than AR aluminium mags (close to the ones the FNC uses).
    I leave the conversion to you ;-)