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For the very similar weapon in Battlefield Hardline, see HK51.

An HK53 in real life.

The HK53 is a carbine made by German firearms manufacturer Heckler & Koch. It is a variant of the HK33 assault rifle, and operates on the same principal as the G3, but it is chambered in the 5.56x45mm NATO round and is fed from thirty- or forty-round box magazines.

Battlefield 2Edit

Unlocked at Unlocked at start
Damage 27
Damage multipliers *3 (head)
  • 1 (torso)
  • 0.7 (limbs)
  • 0.66 (armor)
Magazine size 40 rounds
Reload time 4.3 seconds
Rate of fire 600 rpm
Recoil *0.4-0.6 (hip)
  • 0.7 (zoomed)
Spread zoomed 0.15
Spread unzoomed 0.2 (Min)
0.3 (Standing)
0.24 (Crouching)
Firemodes *Fully Automatic
  • 3-round Burst
Faction EU EU
Kit SF.Icon.BF2 Special Forces
BF2 HK53A301:11

BF2 HK53A3

"The HK53A3 is considered a compact assault rifle. It is derived from the larger HK33, which in turn was derived from the G3 rifle. Its abbreviated length of 590mm with stock retracted makes it very good for CQC,"
— In-game description

The HK53A3 is a weapon featured in Battlefield 2: Euro Force and is the standard carbine issued to the EU Special Forces kit. It comes with a 40-round magazine, and can be fired either full-auto or in three-round-burst. Its spread values are on the moderate side of the carbines, while its recoil values are on the higher end; it has above-average damage and a moderate reload speed, while its rate of fire is average. Its most notable feature is its forty-round magazine, whereas all other carbines have a thirty-round magazine.

Battlefield Play4FreeEdit

BFP4F G53 Render
Unlocked at Level 27
Unlock cost 499 P4F Funds (one day)

2,999 P4F Funds (forever)
20,999 P4F Funds (before Level 27, forever)

Damage Short range 26-24 (0-20m)

Medium range 24-20 (20-35m)
Long range 17-13 (35m - ∞)

Damage multipliers 2.1x Head

1.0x Body

Magazine size 4 * 29 rounds

5 * 37 with HCM
7 * 29 with EM

Starting ammunition 116
Maximum ammunition 203 with EM

185 with HCM

Reload time 3.9 sec
Rate of fire 600 rpm
Velocity 650
Range G53 range
Maximum range 260 m
Firemodes Fully automatic
Faction USMC
Russian Ground Forces
Kit P4F Engineer Symbol Engineer
"The G53 is actually compact assault rifle design based on it's well known bigger brother, the G3 assault rifle design. It is chambered to fire the 5.56x45mm NATO cartridge giving it exceptional stopping power and reliable accuracy for a weapon of it's size making it a perfect companion for the Engineers who like to hit the front lines hard."
— Battlefield Play4Free Announcement

The G53 is a weapon featured in Battlefield Play4Free and is unlocked at rank 27. It can then be purchased 499P4F Funds for a days use or 2,999P4F Funds to own it permantly.

By default, it features a 29-round magazine and carries the most ammunition out of all the primary Engineer weapons. It also boasts an above average reload speed, high bullet velocity, high accuracy, and fairly high damage margins over all ranges for its class. Aesthetically, the G53 has a rugged, war-torn appearance and resembles the Assault's default weapon, the G3A4.

Battlefield 3Edit

Unlocked at After completing the "Fixing It" assignment
Damage 25 - 14.3
Suppression 7.0%
Magazine size 30 + 1 rounds
Ammunition 5.56x45mm NATO
Starting ammunition 124 + 31 rounds
Maximum ammunition 217 + 31 rounds
Reload time 2.3 seconds loaded
3.2 seconds empty
Rate of fire 750 RPM
Velocity 450m/s
Maximum range 675m
Recoil 0.24 up
0.2 left
0.35 right
First shot recoil multiplier 2.5x
Recoil descrease per second 18
Spread zoomed 0.4 (static) 0.8 (moving)
Spread unzoomed Standing: 2.0 (static) 2.5 (moving) Crouching: 1.5 (static) 2.0 (moving) Prone: 1.0 (static) 2.0 (moving)
Spread increase per bullet 0.1
Spread decrease per second 15.0
Firemodes Full-automatic
Three-rounds burst
Faction Flag of the United States United States Marine Corps
Flag of Russia Russian Ground Forces
Kit BF3 Engineer Icon Engineer
Dogtag(s) Proficiency Dog Tag

Mastery Dog Tag

Source of statistics Retrieved Sept. 17th
Sound(s) Original sound youtube width="155" height="25"


Inventory slot Main weapon
Unlocks Reflex (10 kills)
Laser Sight (20 kills)
Foregrip (30 kills)
Tactical Light (40 kills)
Holographic (50 kills)
Suppressor (60 kills)
ACOG (70 kills)
Heavy Barrel (80 kills)
IRNV (90 kills)
Rifle Scope (100 kills)
M145 MGO (125 kills)
Flash Suppressor (150 kills)
Kobra (175 kills)
PKA-S (200 kills)
PSO-1 (235 kills)
PKS-07 (270 kills)
PK-A (300 kills)
"Compact assault rifle developed in Germany. Based on the famous G3 design."
— Battlelog description

The G53 is a weapon introduced in the Battlefield 3: Back to Karkand expansion pack and is unlocked upon the completion of the Fixing It assignment.

It features full-automatic, three-round-burst, and semi-automatic firemodes, as well as a moderate rate of fire. Its damage is in-line with most of the other carbines, at 25 - 14.3, as is its magazine capacity, at 30+1 rounds per magazine. It has moderate reload times, but low overall recoil. This means it can reach out to medium distances, making it a versatile weapon. However, the player will struggle at long ranges, so it is advised not to use it at said ranges.

The G53 had previously been capable of being equipped with the 12x Ballistic Scope, but this functionality was removed in a patch after Back to Karkand was released.


  • The G53 in Battlefield 3 was called HK53 on the PlayStation 3 version until a patch changed the designation to G53, like the PC and Xbox 360 versions.
  • In Scavenger, the G53 can be found with both a suppressor and a laser sight; this combination is not normally obtainable, as both share the same attachment slot.
  • With Battlefield Premium, the Navy Blue Digital Camouflage and the Woodland Stripe Camouflage can be unlocked for the G53 by completing the G53 Specialist assignment.

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