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|Heckler & Koch 636|
|Manufacturer: Heckler & Koch|
|Weapon Type: Assault Rifle|
|Weight: 2.82 kg (6.2 lb)-3.83 kg (8.4 lb)|
|Fire Modes: |
|Ammunition: 5.56×45mm NATO|
|Feeding System: |
|Rate of Fire: 750 rounds/min cyclic|
|Range: 50 m|
The Heckler & Koch G36 ("Gewehr 36" or "Rifle 36") is a select-fire assault rifle designed and developed by Heckler & Koch. By the 1990s, Germany had sought a service rifle chambered in the 5.56mm ammunition to fit the NATO standards. After the failure of the G11, Heckler & Koch had constructed a working prototype named the HK50, however it was the Bundeswehr who officially designated it the Gewehr 36 or G36.
The weapon was tested and approved by 1994, but it was a year later that they began manufacturing them. Since then, the G36 has been a reliable firearm on the modern battlefield for many countries.
The G36 is a select-fire assault rifle made from corrosion-resistant lightweight materials. The barrel and receiver however are made from integrated steel. The weapon can come equipped with fixed, collapsible or foldable stocks as well as the use of a rail system for later attachments. The ammunition the weapon chambers is the 5.56×45mm NATO in either a 30 round magazine or a 100 round drum. The 30 round magazines are designed with side mounted studs which enables the shooter to place 2 or even three magazines on the weapon.
- Reduction in terms of recoil and select-fire really assist in increased accuracy for the weapon.
- Certain attachments may assist in further reducing recoil and increase performance.
- Foldable stocks decrease the length of the weapon, making it good for movement in close quarters.
- Ammunition for the weapon is plentiful as it is a standard round of NATO.
- Drum magazines and other attachments as well as variants may increase weight and therefore reduce the speed of the carrier.
- Full automatic fire will reduce accuracy and waste ammunition.
- The G36 has a problem with overheating, most likely due to the fact that the weapons is mostly composed of mostly non-metal materials
- G36V: Relatively identical to the original G36, this variant is designed with the use of a bayonet mount and lack a sight set up. The weapon also lacks an integrated reflex sight seen on the initial rifle and uses an X1.5 or X3 sight.
- MG36: A light machine gun variant designed with a heavy barrel to make the weapon resistant to cook off by increasing the heat. These ones are mostly designed to accommodate a bipod and Beta-C Magazine.
- G36K: A shorter carbine variant, the G36K is designed with an open type flash suppressor as well as a shorter forend and even a bottom rail. This one cannot use grenade launchers nor can they use bayonets and come in two variations. One variation includes the a carry handle and integrated scope. The second variant features a rail system and of course the use of iron sights.
- G36KV: The G36KV variant is an exported variant that has sights identical to the K variant G36.
- G36C: A further development off the G36K, the G36C is a subcompact carbine with a far more shorter barrel than previous variants.
- G36A2: The next generation model G36, the G36A2 is a modified version of the original weapon, designed with better heat resistance thanks to the handguard being composed of aluminum and with optional picatinny rails. It also comes equipped with a quick detachable reflex red dot sight.