Following NATOs standardisation of 5.56x45mm, Heckler & Koch introduced the G41 in 1981, as NATO members began looking for new rifles. HK, however, struggled to find buyers for the G41.
In this episode Matt takes a look at one of HK’s rarest rifles. Comparing it to its predecessor the HK33 and discussing the changes HK made. The G41 represents HK’s last infantry rifle to use the roller-delayed blowback action synonymous with HK. Tested by countries around the world but never seeing major contracts the G41 was eventually replaced by the G36.
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The Armourer’s Bench is a collaborative effort from Vic Tuff and Matthew Moss. We will be bringing you detailed examinations of historic small arms from around the world. We will delve into the history, use and operation of the weapons using videos, blog posts and high resolution images to tell their story.