The GEWEHR 3 is a 7.62x51mm battle rifle developed in the 1950s by a leading German armament manufacturer in collaboration with a Spanish state-owned design and development agency. It is a popular weapon, and has been adopted by the armed forces of over 40 countries.
The fourth battle rifle added to Payday 2, the Gewehr 3 seems to be statistically close to the Eagle Heavy and Falcon at first glance, but bears a number of unique modifications that can bring it more in line with the M308; its DMR Kit reduces magazine capacity to 10 and maximum ammo to 70, but increases damage by 80 for a total of 160 not counting barrel extensions. Alternatively, the shorter assault barrel allows for a higher maximum ammo capacity (+75, for a total of 175), increasing the rifle's staying power in extended combat.
With all of its marksman-oriented mods, the Gewehr 3 can reach an accuracy score of 100, resulting in absolutely no spread at all. This, however, comes at the cost of 40 stability, making the weapon hard to control for quick successive shots.
Special Effect(s):Sets ammo pickup to 0.50-1.75, is not affected by skills/perks.
Doubles amount of damage from barrel extensions
As the name of the mod might suggest, the DMR Kit converts the Gewehr 3 into the Heckler & Koch G3SG/1, a sniper variant of the basic G3.
The Gewehr 3 gains a significant amount of recoil per shot upon installation of the DMR Kit. In reality, designated marksman rifles does not necessarily have increased recoil over their assault rifle counterparts. This is especially true in the cases of converted assault/combat rifles as the caliber remains the same, and the increased kinetic energy from the extended barrel is nominal at most as the barrel twist rate (which dictates recoil more accurately than barrel length) usually remains unchanged.
The barrel and magazine combo alone does not usually indicate what designation the weapon has, the DMR qualification usually encompasses the rifle's various accessories such as bipods, grips, scopes and stocks in addition to barrels. A more accurate name for the in-game mod would be DMR Barrel and complementary Low-capacity Magazine.
This mod item was based on the vented wooden handguard of the first generation Heckler & Koch G3.
When first released, the wooden foregrip was a very worn-looking, dark and with what appeared to be water stains. After patch 35.1, it was changed to a texture that highly resembles the Gewehr 3's wooden stock -- glossier, brighter, more "clean" looking.
Equipping the Wooden Foregrip gives the Gewehr 3 a cosmetic sling, though this cannot be seen on the mod icon itself.
Although the main flashlight has a toggle switch, the laser sight component of the LED Combo is pressure-activated, meaning the laser will stay on as long as the pressure switch is depressed. This switch is not placed where it should be, however (on foregrips, magazine wells, etc...) and is instead ziptied to the main taclight, leaving no plausible mean for the user to toggle it without awkwardly moving their off hand off the weapon and gripping the attachment itself.
Requires a pre-installed sight mod to mount. The magnification level can be changed while aiming down the sights, and the aiming FOV will automatically adjust itself. Not compatible with the Acough Optic, Military Red Dot, Milspec Scope, Combat Sight, Reconnaissance Sight, Theia Magnified Scope, Box Buddy Sight, the JP36's Original Sight, the Raven's Flip-up Sight or the GROM and Platypus 70's iron sights. Currently bugged and not appearing as intended on certain weapons, for a list see here. They're still listed below even if broken.
Upon release, the default reticle of this sight was a chevron instead of the retail version's red dot. After the release of the Gage Mod Courier DLC, it was reverted to the regular sight's red dot.
It is functionally the same as the standard Military Red Dot Sight, but the sight's casing is tan instead of black with the line "A-10" scrawled on near the adjustment knob. The sticker on the lens cap's interior also says "I <3 Payday" instead of having a picture of an American flag.
This sight was based on the Aimpoint CompM2 optic. While it is portrayed as a high-zoom scope in-game, the CompM2 is actually a reflex sight, meaning it offers no magnification in reality.
The Gewehr 3 is based upon a Heckler & Koch G3A3 battle rifle, albeit fitted with a metal trigger group of the first generation G3 instead of the newer Navy one. Oddly enough, it has fire selector dials on both sides of the trigger group similar to a G3A3A1, despite the old-model trigger group was designed only for right-handed shooters.
Installing unique mods on the Gewehr 3 transforms it into various real-world configurations of the G3. As the rifle was based primarily on a "new-model", some of these part kits are incompatible in reality.
Installing the Wooden Stock and foregrip makes it a legitimate "old-model", though newer model G3s are generally not compatible with these parts unless modified.
The DMR Kit gives it the barrel of the G3SG/1 marksman variant.
The name Gewehr 3 is the written-out form of the weapon's real-life designation as the G3, making it among the few weapons whose in-game designation reflects a real-life one.
The Gewehr 3 is referred to as the "Gewehr 3 Rifle" on the results screen. This is redundant as "gewehr" (correct pronunciation is "guv-air" with the accent on the second syllable) alone means "rifle" in German.
The announcement site description of the Gewehr 3 mentions a Spanish rifle that served as the design inspiration for the in-game weapon. This is likely a reference to the CETME Model B, whose design was purchased from CETME by Heckler & Koch to produce the G3.
There is an unusable bipod attached to the default foregrip, and a sling on both the Plastic and Wooden Foregrip.
The Gewehr 3 has faint writing stamped into its lower receiver on each side.
On the 'right' side (hidden when holding the weapon in first person) are three Latin words - Spurius, Vilius, and Rug. This roughly translates to "Cheap Fucking Knockoff", or "Cheap Bastard Knockoff" in Latin.
The opposite side bears 'S.P.R. 141592' and '6/85', followed by German writing "Dies ist das beste Scharfschützengewehr. Ja, das ist es. Keine fragen, mach es einfach. BEEILEN" that translates roughly to "This is the best sniper. Yes, it is. No questions, just do it. Hurry!". Followed by the caliber "cal. 7.62mm NATO". Changing "beeilen" to "beeilung" improves the sentence somewhat.
Curiously, the Gewehr 3's menu icon lacks a trigger. Each grip also has its own unique trigger model.
As of Update #109.1, Sniper units now carry Gewehr 3s in DMR mode, modified with the Precision parts kit and have Theia Magnified Scopes attached to the top rail. This is presumably done to give said units a more "proper" sniper weapon instead of their old CAR-4s.
The Gewehr 3 is the first and only DLC weapon to have a DMR kit available.