- Title: MALAYSIA: GOVERNMENT TROOPS REARMED WITH NEW GERMAN RIFLES
- Date: 24th July 1972
- Summary: 1. Rifles on display 3 ft 2. CU Bullet 5 ft 3. CU Riffles 7 ft 4. CU Soldiers 9 ft 5. Patrol in jungle (2 shots) 20 ft 6. British rifle firing (2 shots) 25 ft 7. New Rifle firing (3 shots) 36 ft Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 8th August 1972 13:00
- Location: MALAYSIA
- Country: Malaysia
- Reuters ID: LVADHPMU8QJXKE8DL09EAYE5DT7B
- Story Text: Malaysia has rearmed its forces with West German rifles assembled locally in place of the traditional British SLR. The Heckler-Koth 33 automatic rifle is lighter than the British weapon and uses a smaller calibre of ammunition.
The troops are already saying the new German weapons are easier to use in jungle conditions. The Malaysians have placed an initial order for 30,000 Heckler-Koch short range automatic rifles but no price has been revealed yet.
The Heckler-Koch uses 5.56MM ammunition, compared with the 7.62MM rounds of the British SLR. The Malaysians tossed three weapons similar to the American Armalite before choosing the German rifle.
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