POTD: Heckler & Koch PSG1 at Lock, Stock & Barrel

    HK PSG1

    Photo by Lock, Stock & Barrel (Malta).

    If you ever go to the island of Malta in the Mediterranean Sea please make sure that you allow time to visit the firearms dealer Lock, Stock & Barrel. Apart from a great company name they offer a large collection of modern and historical firearms. In our Photo Of The Day, we’ll take a closer look at one of those firearms, namely the Präzisionsschützengewehr-1 as it’s called in its original language, German. The PSG1 is a semi-automatic sniper rifle. Mechanically, it’s based on the HK G3 rifle, but it’s supposed to produce less than 1 MOA groups with decent ammunition. This may not sound so special today, but remember that the rifle was designed in 1968.

    In terms of optics, it uses the Hensoldt ZF 6×42 PSG1 scope which includes an illuminated reticle with a bullet drop compensation. I’m so tempted to have a look through it and compare it to the latest in optics.

    Below: Note the removable and adjustable trigger unit. The palm shelf grip is also adjustable.

    The stock is adjustable as well.

    “The stock is of high impact matte black plastic and has a high degree of adjustment. It is adjustable for length, and includes a pivoting butt cap and a vertically-adjustable cheekpiece.”

    Today this is a real collector’s item, and they didn’t become less expensive with the time. Check the article Heckler & Koch – Price Lists from 1985, 1991 & 1992 to give you an idea.

    All pictures by Lock, Stock & Barrel (Malta), used with kind permission.