The spaciest of Kraut Space Magic, the G11 is everything that’s wrong with being clever. You know that kid from school who thought they were hot shit and ended up fucking up everything they did by over-thinking it? That’s the G11 in a nutshell.
Cased ammo’s been just fine for over 100 years, but FUCK THAT let’s make a brand new caseless round. Look how great it is that we don’t need any kind of extractor, and please overlook the corresponding lack of any way to cool the chamber via exposure to the outside air. Sure it’s prone to cook-off but it’s new and exciting! And it’s not like you’re getting nothing in exchange for giving up user safety - you also get terminal ballistics that are inferior to 5.56! What a bargain!
Conventional feeding mechanisms are so boring, let’s make one twice as complex just to show off our awesome Teutonic engineering prowess! More moving parts means more reliability, right?
The best part is that the German government refused to prove any actual benefits of the G11 system - they claimed it would penetrate Warsaw Pact armor at 600m but wouldn’t provide evidence.
Kraut Space Magic is just that - magic. And not the awesome, fantastical kind of magic that actually does things, I meant the real-world kind of magic that’s based on trickery and lies.