Machine Gun MG3 (MG1A3)

The MG3 (MG1A3) is an open, fully automatic weapon for sustained firing and firing in bursts. It is a "recoil-operated weapon" in which the recoil forces are used to feed and load the cartridges and to extract and eject the spent cartridge cases. A blan f


7.62 mm x 51 NATO

Feed device

Disintegrating and non-disintegrating belts 
(DM-1, DM-6 and M-13 kinks)

Type of fire

Fully automatic

Operating principle

Recoil operated

Rate of fire

Approx 1150 + 150 RPM

Sighting device

Open sighting, using front and rear sights from 200 to 1200 metres

Safety range in direction of firing 

5000 metres

Safety range left & right

1000 metres each

No. of rifles/twist

4 grooves with right hand twist

Muzzle velocity (Vo)

820 metres/sec

Muzzle energy (Eo)

3200 NM

Length of standard weapon

1225 mm

Width of gun

130 mm

Height of gun with 'AA' sight raised

270 mm

Height of gun with 'AA' sight lowered

205 mm

Length of barrel with locking piece

565 mm

Height of muzzle with bipod unfolded

300 mm

Weight of weapons with bipod & sling

11.5 kg

Weight of weapon without bipod & sling

10.5 kg

Weight of barrel

1.7 kg

Effective Range

800 meter (on bipod)
2200 meter (on tripod)


Each gun in a polythene bag, two machine guns in wooden box:

Size of box

127 x 37 x 30 cm

Weight of box

50 kg

Colour & Marking

Service brown with yellow/white stencilling