turn that sight to “2”.

I served in the German military when the standard issue rifle was the Heckler & Koch G3. I was a light infantry grunt and (later) a drill instructor at boot camp, which is why I feel qualified to make the comments that follow.

Every single G3 pattern rifle with H&K diopter-style sights I see at American gun shops and gun shows has its sights set to the 100-meter “v-notch” setting. THIS IS WRONG. The 100-meter v-notch sight has only three purposes:

  1. Anti-aircraft fire on the full-auto setting
  2. “Sturmschiessen” (suppressive full-auto fire)
  3. Low-light shooting where the diopter sight is useless.

Note that two out of those three purposes require a full-auto sear, which makes them inapplicable to semi-auto HK91s and -93s.

Outside of those rare circumstances, the drum sight of a G3-pattern rifle is to be set to the 200-meter diopter setting as the default. Failure to do so will earn you the disapproval of any former Bundeswehr drill sergeants present, who will at the very least turn your sight setting to the proper one.


7 thoughts on “turn that sight to “2”.

  1. Aaron Brown says:

    So would that apply to the Sig 550 series of rifles? (Asked the reader who had a Sig 556 diopter sight en route from the manufacturer.)

  2. Marko Kloos says:

    I don’t know if the SIG sights have the same pattern as the H&K ones, but if the 100-meter one is a v-notch and the other ones are diopter/peep sights, I’d say YES.

  3. ATLien says:

    Danke, Marko.

  4. Will says:

    Would I be correct in assuming the 200m sight should be zeroed at 200m? (don’t taze me, bro!)

  5. Tam says:

    Which aperture for zombies?

  6. Samuel Weaver says:

    Good information!

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