The Semi Automatic G3 Rifle
A G3 cold warrior on the range
The G3 lived up to its legendary reputation as a cold warrior. With wind chills below zero, the g3 was easy to use with gloves and absolutely reliable. This included firing the cheapest steel cased 7.62x51 ammo which I could find. In forty rounds fired, all hit a 200 meter gong. This gong is roughly a man chest sized target and represents a center mass zone on a human. In this sort of weather and assuming an adversary would use reasonably effective camouflage, 200 meters represents a realistic combat range. Detecting camouflaged targets at 200 meters with the naked eye is a challenge and requires practice.
The gongs are barely visible at 200 meters
Of course, one of the things being tested is the shooter. How does personal gear such as jackets, boots, gloves, and caps work? personal camouflage is also an area of consideration. its reassuring to know these things work under these conditions, at least on the range.
The G3 with a Spanish CETME magazine