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Heckler & Koch G11 – Assault Rifle (Prototype Weapon)

August 19, 2019

The H&K G11 series started development in the late 1960s when the West German government decided to replace the G3 series of rifles. They would be intended for the Bundeswehr and other NATO partners. G11 prototypes were developed and field tested in the 1970s and 80s, with final production models finished in the late 80s and early 90s. The rifle was created by Heckler & Koch, while its unique caseless ammunition was developed by Dynamit Nobel, and target identification optic systems by Hensoldt Wetzlar. The shape is unconventional, and the design as a whole is very complex. The action of the G11 is a piece of fine German engineering. The action rotates 90 degrees after firing, and accepts the new round before rotating back 90 degrees to lock and fire again. The rifle has 3 fire modes – semi-automatic, 3-shot burst and fully-automatic. For full-auto, the rifle would shoot at a controllable rate of 600 rounds per minute, while for 3-shot burst the rate of fire would increase to 2000 rounds per minute. This high rate of fire would allow three shots to be fired before the recoil hit the shooter, and allowed for greater hit probability. The 4.7mm caseless ammunition was a solid block of powder propellant, with the bullet set inside. This block was covered in a flammable coating and had a primer glued onto the rear. There were some speculations during testing that the caseless round could crack or chip during combat, which would cause malfunctions. The rifle and its caseless ammunition were abandoned by the German government after the reunification of East and West Germany in 1990. Only 1000 units were ever produced, some of which were used by the Bundeswehr, and testing by the US Army in 1990 in the ACR program. In the end, the G36 was chosen as the replacement for the G3, and as of 2000, all development and testing of the rifle have ceased. Subscribe to our channel for more animated history videos! Get Simple History: The Cold War out today! Thank you for all your support on the Simple History YouTube channel! If you enjoy the channel, please consider supporting us at Patreon.


  • Reply Simple History June 18, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    Name the movies / TV shows where you saw this weapon as a prop!

  • Reply Yoyle 0340 May 14, 2019 at 5:00 am

    wehraboo13 is typing

  • Reply T-X 1726 May 16, 2019 at 11:51 pm

    It seem weapons of Germany are getting better after the 2 World wars, no more overly thicc tank nor giant rifle that send a man shoulder fly off nor Kaiju hunting cannon.

  • Reply Justice Taylor May 18, 2019 at 3:12 am

    It seems noteworthy enough that this rifle had an enormous 50 round clip since it goes inside the gun on top of the barrel. It even could store 2 more of those clips on the left and right sides of the main one in the remaining space of the top of the gun. This meant with just the rifle, not even with a belt, you could carry 150 rounds.
    Though as mentioned, caseless ammo could come at a logistical cost of potentially failing wether from impacts or tempeture extremes.

  • Reply combo gogoi May 19, 2019 at 8:16 am

    Nice toy😄😄😄

  • Reply Wes Smith May 21, 2019 at 10:52 am

    If I recall correctly, they abandoned the idea because rounds were cooking off in the magazine. It may have been a rumor, but…

  • Reply Dakila Maristela May 22, 2019 at 4:10 am

    What an art

  • Reply Dairo May 26, 2019 at 6:07 am


  • Reply jecksan May 27, 2019 at 10:11 am

    West German Government Thing: makes a weird looking weapon prototype thing prop/a gun that wasn't adopted

    G3 Battle rifle: am I a joke to you?

  • Reply Pm.Nanashi May 28, 2019 at 1:27 am

    This gun likes to sleep alot.

  • Reply The rainbow of life 978 May 29, 2019 at 1:11 am


    Student:No it says heckler

    Teacher:ok thats ok then

  • Reply John Cronin May 29, 2019 at 6:24 pm

    I thought it was said Heckler and Kotch.

  • Reply Guns N' Games June 6, 2019 at 11:05 am

    Kraut Space Magic


    in real life the weapon might be a little bit problematic but in call of duty black ops 1, the G11 was OP for me

  • Reply G Christian June 15, 2019 at 12:29 am

    Spongebob: uses the hk416

    Patrick: hands him g11 “we have technology

    Patrick: hits paper rapidly with g11

  • Reply BrickObjective RBLX June 16, 2019 at 12:51 pm


  • Reply Emily Windell June 17, 2019 at 3:57 pm

    world: we got the best guns.german: *makes heckler*.world: oh shoot

  • Reply Loong Zai June 19, 2019 at 4:43 pm

    Sleepo Beepo

  • Reply T.C Ebu Bekir June 22, 2019 at 8:10 am

    Can you make Turkish Weapon MPT-76 video

  • Reply Aiden F June 22, 2019 at 11:27 pm

    BO1 Anybody?

  • Reply Robert Johnson June 27, 2019 at 4:41 pm

    They do have good weapons

  • Reply xXTraitorXx games-stuff June 28, 2019 at 1:33 pm

    I remebered the memeries playing bo1 and I hated this gun so much

  • Reply Xendaka Korva June 30, 2019 at 3:27 am

    Gotta love the g36! ^^

  • Reply 璃夜月 July 1, 2019 at 2:05 pm


  • Reply Alberto Bonnet July 1, 2019 at 2:19 pm

    Do their russian rival, AN-94.

  • Reply Red05XWing xbox July 1, 2019 at 9:14 pm

    Freakin Kraut space magic

  • Reply Dennis Bell July 2, 2019 at 2:11 am

    Try being a left hander

  • Reply EXE Gaming July 2, 2019 at 1:18 pm

    wooooh damn that woodland camo patern of german uniform i like it it fits though

  • Reply Some Gamer July 2, 2019 at 2:41 pm

    i played this at x2 and i could still understand what he said… wow

  • Reply The Masoko July 2, 2019 at 2:44 pm

    Um 😐 it’s so ugly

  • Reply Brony Clopper July 3, 2019 at 12:35 am

    Stargate should have used G11 instead of P90

  • Reply brandon burns July 4, 2019 at 8:09 am

    The most interesting thing about this rifle is how you loaded it. You put the magazine where the barrel normally is, only it’s more complex than I can fully explain, so I’m sorry if I offend someone by not knowing or by some other reason

  • Reply wolfy July 4, 2019 at 11:54 am

    Ugly fucking gun

  • Reply Aqua Bottle July 4, 2019 at 12:18 pm

    Sleepo beepo

  • Reply Nathanplays The Video game legend July 5, 2019 at 4:11 pm

    I like it Germany needs to make a come back and become great again

  • Reply Wisemankugel Memicus July 6, 2019 at 2:18 pm

    Also a fun fact: the G11 is still in use by the German Police. Obviously not everyone gets one, all the time, everywhere, but I’d say there’s a good 100 of them in use.

  • Reply Coshmack the carguy July 6, 2019 at 2:20 pm

    That gun needs a pillow

  • Reply Jules N Stuff July 7, 2019 at 12:49 am

    Teacher: Dont swear
    Me: *pulls out a heckler*

  • Reply Dragon_ Nite July 7, 2019 at 5:15 am


  • Reply Natalie Case July 7, 2019 at 3:08 pm

    Wish this Gun Appeared On Newest Wolfenstein Game

  • Reply Alejandro Hernández July 7, 2019 at 4:59 pm

    Is this a Halo weapon??

  • Reply Gaius Wyrden July 8, 2019 at 8:43 am

    The Bundeswehr took the G36 instead, which turned out to have problems when used over longer time in hot environment.

  • Reply PAKISTAN mere Lode me July 8, 2019 at 9:14 am

    So G36C is better than this?

  • Reply DolphinTuna Cats July 8, 2019 at 11:57 am

    That looks heavy

  • Reply Ace Arellano July 9, 2019 at 8:46 am

    field cleaning the gun is easy but if something breaks inside….you're screwed

  • Reply Kochie July 10, 2019 at 6:41 am

    Coolest black ops 1 rifle

  • Reply Josh Michael July 10, 2019 at 10:21 pm

    Some how I can just tell what’s heckler and Koch brand it’s like the style of the weapons I guess

  • Reply Ernest Wong July 10, 2019 at 11:05 pm

    K R A U T S P A C E M A G I C

  • Reply Elvis Sanchez July 11, 2019 at 2:01 pm

    I always wonder about this strange but appealing rifle.

  • Reply ESTEVAM July 11, 2019 at 3:24 pm

    1:01 but….in call of duty black ops we cam make automatic shoot ;-;

  • Reply umut can Duran July 12, 2019 at 8:26 am

    Ayem Turkey

  • Reply Tommy17771 July 12, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    Wasn't this in soldier of fortune 2?

  • Reply YOUR MOMMA July 14, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    If killed by it, you can be assured that this is the same as if Picasso kills you with his

  • Reply Feuer der Veränderung July 15, 2019 at 7:24 pm

    I saw this gun in the Wehrtechnischen Sammlung in Koblenz. It is in my eyes coolest rifle in the whole world and it is an absolute shame it didn't get adopted by the Bundeswehr.

  • Reply Aj Turner July 16, 2019 at 11:26 am

    you guys remeber that gun a BLACK OPS 1 i always wanted to know how it worked

  • Reply Sovietic 142 July 19, 2019 at 4:42 am

    It’s look like a cardboard gun

  • Reply Rose Supreme July 19, 2019 at 7:13 am

    Such a shame… this is one of my favourite weapon designs. And the concept of caseless ammunition was a great one as the battlefield would no longer be littered with spent bullets. I'm hoping caseless weapons would get a time to shine again…

  • Reply DJJAW11 July 21, 2019 at 11:14 am

    I thought I read, possible some special forces, may of used/do use them!.

  • Reply Link Knight July 23, 2019 at 8:44 am

    This thing is SHOCKINGLY COMPLICATED inside. Often called "the clock that was taught to shoot". Honestly it would take a clock maker to fix one of these things.

  • Reply wedel July 23, 2019 at 4:41 pm

    Some things were not completely correct

  • Reply RedWolfAlpha 205 July 23, 2019 at 10:29 pm

    This is really awesome but one thing that American solider has his flag on backwards it’s supposed to have the stars face to the Chest and the stripes facing to the back as if it were flying in the wind as the solider runs

  • Reply Eddie Lance July 24, 2019 at 11:23 am

    sleepo beepo

  • Reply Joseph Stalin July 24, 2019 at 1:52 pm

    Why they abandon this krautt gun? Its unique

  • Reply Callio July 25, 2019 at 1:50 pm

    Bruh this gun looks like a Nerf Rhinofire

  • Reply Fiction E_I_F July 25, 2019 at 4:06 pm

    Germany Aliens Gun

  • Reply Solid Slicc July 25, 2019 at 8:58 pm

    The G3 is a masterpiece

  • Reply Great uncle Sabuero July 27, 2019 at 5:29 am


  • Reply Lexx Z July 27, 2019 at 1:38 pm

    Kalasnikov iz better

  • Reply JW Esquire July 27, 2019 at 5:33 pm

    No such thing as an assault rifle,

  • Reply vappio July 27, 2019 at 10:04 pm

    The American soldier on the thumbnail, the American flag should be reversed

  • Reply Lys Synna July 28, 2019 at 8:47 am


  • Reply Torment July 28, 2019 at 1:27 pm

    Ahhh man the good old call of duty history
    like this comment for me to return back to call of duty instead of battlefield

  • Reply Thurnis Haley July 29, 2019 at 12:39 am

    I was inside The Grey Room and got to fondle the G11 variants they had on display. Very odd yet somewhat comfy ergonomics, but still VERY (and unnecessarily) bulky/awkward to handle.

  • Reply nomnomXDDD The 4th Reich July 29, 2019 at 2:58 am

    German engineering is the best in the world!

  • Reply Ryan M. July 29, 2019 at 10:28 am

    “It was unique and complex”
    You do not want either of those traits in a gun which you need to be reliable

  • Reply Thesavagesouls July 30, 2019 at 3:14 pm

    Imagine shooting for hours and not having to pick up brass.

  • Reply nico July 30, 2019 at 11:05 pm

    Sleepo beepo

  • Reply TooManyChoices1 July 31, 2019 at 1:24 am

    If you’ve seen the actual inner-workings of the G11, it’s the deadliest clock ever made lmao 😂.

  • Reply III% Patriot III% July 31, 2019 at 2:11 am

    Stop calling rifles assault rifles you fucking morons

  • Reply Cesar Adrian Gonzalez Ayala July 31, 2019 at 7:42 am

    In a different time, in different circumstances…

  • Reply D C July 31, 2019 at 5:51 pm

    The Germans thought the Americans would awaken hostile Aliens on the moon and wanted to be prepared.

  • Reply TheBigRague - Tino August 1, 2019 at 12:50 pm

    Ugly gun

  • Reply 0815 Ronny August 2, 2019 at 10:16 am


  • Reply Tenshi SNN August 2, 2019 at 1:45 pm

    Must protect the Sleepo

  • Reply ATVER Gaming August 3, 2019 at 4:17 am

    IGI 2? Our childhood?

  • Reply Heuristic School August 3, 2019 at 9:17 am

    This gun is kinda like the nerf regulator

  • Reply NoSTs 123 August 3, 2019 at 1:15 pm


  • Reply LiL juuL manE August 3, 2019 at 6:15 pm

    shout out the germs

  • Reply Christian Apolinario I guess August 5, 2019 at 11:24 pm

    g11 from black ops one

  • Reply 💲🎲♦️Sly Cooper♣️💲🎲$ August 7, 2019 at 12:25 pm

    The G11 looks like something that Nintendo would make like the Zapper or people like The Angry Videogame Nerd would call it the gun

  • Reply SwordBreaker925 August 7, 2019 at 4:52 pm

    Cool design, but one of the ugliest rifles ever created

  • Reply R2V BWH August 12, 2019 at 3:50 pm

    My friend thought h&k means hong kong

  • Reply grim Potato 16 August 14, 2019 at 8:37 am

    This was my favorite gun in black ops 1 xD

  • Reply Amirul_Ashraff August 14, 2019 at 9:56 am

    Girl Frontline everyone?

  • Reply Luis Gonzalez August 15, 2019 at 3:44 am

    Does it go “Beepo beepo beepo” when you shoot it?

  • Reply Banderas Vaduva August 15, 2019 at 5:03 pm

    The US & probably the rest of the world have no idea what secret weapons Germany it’s still secretly manufacturing to this very day.

  • Reply fredener1 August 17, 2019 at 3:38 am

    You forgot to mention that the last version could put 2 additional magazines besides the one in use and makes it possible to have 150 rounds on the gun

  • Reply mrlokalist August 17, 2019 at 12:02 pm

    The G3 is still one of the most reliable high caliber rifle with extreme good performance if handeled correctly 🙂

  • Reply ARTIC WOLF HUNTERXxX August 18, 2019 at 2:26 pm

    The beanos gun

  • Reply MrMaggot August 19, 2019 at 10:52 am

    Kraut Space Magic

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