So, I've got all the parts rounded up for a G3 build, and I need some information as to how it should be marked.
I'm going for all late-model features, including: Steel Shell Deflector, roller-type paddle mag release, tungsten-filled carrier, polymer lower, etc.
Now, after doing some research, I found good pictures of G3A3 receiver markings, as well as some "in the field" pictures of some late-model G3's (with steel shell deflector), and a German site with an explanation of what the different models of G3's are. You can find that here:
(Use Google Chrome to translate it, but I'm pretty sure "Hülsenabweiser" means shell deflector)
This site says that the "G3A3" is the plain-Jane, no-frills version, and the "G3A3A1" is the G3 with a steel shell deflector (late-model, I'm assuming), although Wikipedia would tell you that the "G3A3A1" is just a G3A3 with an ambidextrous safety.
The problem I am having is that I have found plenty of pictures of receiver markings of G3A3's, G3A4's and G3FS's, but I have not, however, found any pictures of receiver markings of the later model G3's w/steel shell deflectors (G3A3A1's). I've found pics of the late model G3's, but its always pics of the right side of the receiver, not the left!
Now, when I have mine built, I would like it marked accordingly. I am trying to find out if the later model G3's with the steel shell deflector were actually marked "G3A3A1", or if they were just marked "G3A3" like the rest of them.
Thanks you guys for any light you might be able to shed on this topic.
To the moderators: If this topic should be in another section, then that's fine too.
Thanks corey8534. Anybody else have any pics or info of late-model G3's and how they are marked?
Send me your e-mail, and I will forward the list of markings that I have!!!