Regular Guy wrote:LBB wrote:I think 1000 rounds was what I carried with the MG3
In Afghanistan the average German solider has I believe 5 magazines with him, so about 150 rounds
Really, 1000 rds? Let's do the math. 1 grain is 1/7000th of a lbs.
One 7.62x51mm weights 384 grains * 1000= 384000/7000 = 55.14 lbs. That's without links, add 20# for links and you have 75#s. That's without the MG3 which weights 23.15 lbs. That's 100# you naked, no pack, no clothes, no extra barrel and no kit at all.
You know, next time I run a course, just as a stupid experiment, I'm going to have a pack and fill it with all my ammo and mags. It should be about 500 rds of pistol and 500 of 5.56 plus mags. I'll throw in water and food too. I just want to see how fast I fatigue and to see how quickly my performance deteriorates. I may even carry a second long gun just to prove how silly this carrying an extra "sniper" rifle is.
Ok lets see, we have an MG3, weight 11.5 kg
1000 rounds of 7.65 is about 24 kg
I don't know the weight of the belt, so lets say 2 kg extra for the belts.
We have 37.5 kilogram so far.
I think the extra barrel is 1.8 kg, lets say 2kg to have it easier.
For the marching, I always had a 15 kg backpack plus water, about 3 kg, plus G36 about 3 kg, plus the rest of the gear I leave out because I have to carry it anyway.
When I use an MG3, I wouldn't carry a backpack of stones. Also a MG3 crew is made of two people, the gunner and the other guy.
So do you think that one of them can carry 24kg of ammo, while the other one carries 11.5 kg of an MG3 plus a little more ammo?
I think yes they can, I did it in the past.