POTD: Heckler & Koch G3 in Norway

Eric B
by Eric B

We have two lives, and the second begins when we realize we only have one.” (Confucius) Or in this Photo Of The Day, life actually starts once you did your first polar plunge AND shot the Heckler & Koch G3 battle rifle.

Above you see a member of NOREX 44 (44th Norwegian Reciprocal Troop Exchange) at the rifle range with the HKG3. Heavy, wet snow had fallen the previous night, accentuating the already-stunning scenery to be had in Norway.

The “Polar Bear Challenge” outside of Camp Værnes on Feb. 20, 2017. During the bone-chilling polar plunge, members were required to reach the other side of the hole and touch the ice before walking back and pulling themselves out of the water using ski poles. Have you ever tried this?

Members of NOREX conducted their third "Polar Bear Challenge" outside of Camp Varnes on Feb. 20, 2017. During the bone-chilling polar plunge, members were required to reach the other side of the hole and touch the ice before walking back and pulling themselves out of the water using ski poles.
Members of NOREX conducted their third "Polar Bear Challenge" outside of Camp Varnes on Feb. 20, 2017. During the bone-chilling polar plunge, members were required to reach the other side of the hole and touch the ice before walking back and pulling themselves out of the water using ski poles.

I assume most of our readers would rather stay at the shooting range than go swimming in ice-cold water.

Members of NOREX 44 take to the rifle range to fire the HKG3 battle rifle on Feb. 20, 2017. A heavy, wet snow had fallen the previous night, accentuating the already-stunning scenery to be had in Norway.

Target shooting with this kind of system really saves time, and helps you analyze each shot.

Members of NOREX 44 take to the rifle range to fire the HKG3 battle rifle on Feb. 20, 2017. A heavy, wet snow had fallen the previous night, accentuating the already-stunning scenery to be had in Norway.

All photos and captions by Patrick Loch , Minnesota National Guard.

Eric B
Eric B

Ex-Arctic Ranger. Competitive practical shooter and hunter with a European focus. Always ready to increase my collection of modern semi-automatics, optics, thermals and suppressors. TCCC Certified. Occasionaly seen in a 6x6 Bug Out Vehicle, always with a big smile.

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  • Iksnilol Iksnilol on Jul 26, 2023

    I feel spoiled by the electronic targets..make life so much easier

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    • Andrea Doria Andrea Doria on Jul 29, 2023

      @FarmerB We are lucky, our 300m lines go up to .338lm and one even up to 50BMG, and we organise regularly shooting of stuff that is not Swiss 'sports' rifles.

  • Thomas Maker Thomas Maker on Jul 26, 2023

    Think I was the only one going through basic that managed to be effective with the G3 at the full-auto stand when we had our field-shooting exercise(not that I would ever opt for it irl) ....

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    • FarmerB FarmerB on Jul 29, 2023

      @Thomas Maker I have a full-auto G3 - it's certainly a handful. With a bipod and a red-dot you can make it effective, but it's not easy.

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