Heckler & Koch G11, German Assault Rifle


Heckler & Koch G11

The Heckler & Koch G11 is a non-production prototype assault rifle developed during the 1970s and 1980s by Gesellschaft für Hülsenlose Gewehrsysteme (GSHG) (German for "Corporation for Caseless Rifle Systems"), a conglomeration of companies headed by firearm manufacturer Heckler & Koch (mechanical engineering and weapon design), Dynamit Nobel (propellant composition and projectile design), and Hensoldt Wetzlar (target identification and optic systems). The rifle is noted for its use of caseless ammunition.

The Heckler & Koch G11 was primarily a project of West Germany, though it was also of significance to the other NATO countries as well. In particular, versions of the G11 were included in the U.S. Advanced Combat Rifle program.

Heckler & Koch G11
Type Assault rifle
Place of origin West Germany
Production history
Designer Heckler & Koch
Variants Assault Rifle, Light Machine Gun (LMG11), Personal Defence Weapon (G11 PDW)
Weight 3.6 kg (8.0 lb) empty, 4.3 kg (9.5 lb) loaded
Length 750 mm (29.5 in)
Barrel length 540 mm (155 mm per twist)

Cartridge 4.73x33mm caseless ammunition
Rate of fire 550 rounds/min full auto, 2200 rounds/min 3 round burst
Muzzle velocity Approx. 930 m/s (3,050 ft/s)
Effective range 400 m
Feed system 45 or 50-round detachable box magazine
Sights Integrated optical sight

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