The HK MSG3 Rare G3 Sniper Variant for the Bundeswehr Cal. 7.62 x 51 NATO
The MSG3 is a rare variant of the G3 rifle that was made expressly for the Deutsche Bundeswehr (German Army) The most noticeable difference is the long barrel. (23.35 inches) It retains several characteristics of the G3 rifle, namely the standard G3 forearm and bipod, the open sights of a standard G3 rifle, and the receiver is not strengthened with welded rails over the channels where a retractable buttstock would ride, like the MSG90 or PSG1.
The MSG3 retains the PSG1 trigger group, with light 3 lb. trigger pull, in a housing attached with a front pushpin, the MSG90 stock adjustable for height and pull. It features the newer scope mount that is found on only a few of the HK rifles, as compared to the more conventional claw mounts, though the claw mounting points remain on the receiver. Quite interestingly though, this newer scope mount does not allow the use of the open sights with the mount in place, as is the case with the more conventional claw mount. To use the open sights, the scope would need to be removed.
The last visible difference is the enhanced cocking handle found on the G41, the HK beltfeds and the MSG90. This is a popular add on to an HK91 or 93. A competent gunsmith can adapt this cocking handle to fit your HK91 or 93. It requires milling the handguard slightly to accommodate it, but when done correctly, is more aesthetic and easier on the hands.
MSG3 from right. Visible is an integral brass deflector, quite different from the add on ejection port buffers popular with shooters who reload for the HK91 and don't like the dented cases or having to look for them in Norway after a session of shooting.