Rheinmetall RH-70

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Sturmgewehr 70
Type Bullpup assault rifle
Place of origin  West Germany
Production history
Designed 1970
Manufacturer Rheinmetall-Industrie-GmbH
Specifications
Weight 3.23 kg
Length 790 mm
Barrel length 470 mm

Cartridge 5.56×45 mm NATO
Caliber 5.56mm
Action Roller-delayed blowback
Feed system 30-round detachable box magazine
Sights Iron sights

The RH-70 was an experimental bullpup assault rifle developed in 1970 by Rheinmetall-Industrie-GmbH of West Germany. It was an entry for a possible 5.56×45 mm NATO replacement of the 7.62×51mm NATO G3 battle rifle in German service. The magazine and the grip are quite close to one another (the space between the rear side of the grip and the magazine curve form somewhat of a "Thumbhole") however still allows the entire bolt to be placed in the rear of the weapon inside the stock, like in all bullpups, yet moving the ejection port much more forward and allowing both right and left-handed operation independently.

The RH-70 was made for studying and developing the bullpup concept of a rifle in the small 5.56×45 mm NATO caliber with the G3 system. The barrel is 20mm longer and the whole rifle is 235mm shorter than a standard Heckler & Koch G3 rifle.

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