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The G3 magazine catch button is located on the right side of the magazine well and provides for quick and easy removal of the magazine. It is an original factory part made in Germany by HK.
Spare parts are an important consideration when it comes to firearms. Like any machine, firearms rely on a series of parts to function properly, including push-buttons. If a part breaks or fails, a repair or replacement is necessary.
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Magazine Release Lever
Original G3s and early HK41s, a semi-automatic variant of the G3 for law enforcement, included a magazine release lever in addition to the magazine catch. This paddle-style magazine release is often said to be preferable to the magazine catch button. HK91s and similar clone rifles only have the push-button release. These rifles had to be in compliance with regulations set forth by the United States in regards to fully automatic firearms, which led to modifications being made to the lower receiver that were intended to prevent the installation of a fully automatic trigger pack. However, these modifications almost prevented the inclusion of the paddle-style magazine release levers.