The G36, or Gewehr 36 is a German 5.56x45mm NATO assault rifle, designed in the early 1990s by Heckler & Koch after the failure of their G11 project, which was a project to develop a rifle that fired caseless flechettes. It was accepted into service with the Bundeswehr in 1997, replacing the 7.62x51mm NATO G3 battle rifle.
Despite its small caliber, the weight, accuracy and size is very advantageous. The G36 is usually used with a 30 round box magazine, or in some cases, a 100 round C-Mag. The G36 may accept an after market replacement piece that will allow it to use STANAG magazines instead of the factory standard magazines. This can be very advantageous as you may share magazines with others, and use the magazines with other STANAG compatible weapons. You may even carry more of them then the factory standard G36 magzines, which are noticably larger and bulkier than STANAG mags. Overall, the G36 a great weapon to have if zombies rise up.
The G36 comes with a foldable stock which makes it even more maeuverable in close quarters and allows it to take up less space. The G36's body is constructed from corrossion-resistant carbon fiber-reinforced polyamide. This makes the weapon lighter, and it does not lnagatively affect the performance or longevity as the inner and more important components are made from steel and such.
The G36 is ambidexterous, which means the controls can be operated the same way on both sides of the weapon. This can com in handy for left-handed shooters, as it can be rather difficult to find left-handed weapons. This is also advantageous in close quarter situations, where you may need to switch the way you hold rifle from time to time.
The 5.56mm round fired by the G36 tends to "tumble" though the target, which causes much more damage to the body.
Because of the rifle's great success, many variants of the standard G36 have been produced. These variants range from small carbines to light machine guns.
G36 - The standard G36 variant used by the Bundeswehr.
G36V - The G36V is the export version of the standard G36. It was formerly known as the G36E, but Heckler & Koch changed the designation as they did with all other G36 export variants. However, the MG36E was excluded from this change because it is no longer offered on the market. The difference between the G36V and the standard G36 is that the G36V uses a x1.5 zoom sight instead of the standard x3 zoom sight although some G36Vs utilize the x3 zoom sight. The G36V uses a standard NATO bayonet lug instead of the standard G36's AK-74 blade bayonet. This version is used by Spain and Latvia.G36A2 - The G36A2 is an upgraded version of the standard G36 used by the German Army. It utilizes a Zeiss RSA reflex sight and it has the G36C's shorter stock for use with body armor. It also has a foregrip and an aluminum handguard for better heat resistance. It also supports hte LLM01 laser sight with a switch for the operation of the laser sight. It also has four Picattiny rails for modularity and extra attachments.
G36K - The G36K is a shortened cabine variant of the standard G36 that has a rail under the barrel for attachments, a shorter barrel, and forend. The K in G36K stands for Kurz, or short in German. There are two G36K variants. The original variant has x3 zoom sights and the second version has an iron sight with a rail on the carry handle. It is incapable of using a bayonet, or firing rifle grenades, which are grenades launched from the muzzle of the rifle. Despite this, the G36K can still use the AG36 40mm grenade launcher.
G36KV - The G36KV is a G36K modified for export with the same differences between the G36 and the G36V.
G36C - G36C is an even shorter version of the G36K. It has a four prong flash supressor and a shorter handguard and stock. The G36C replaces the x3 zoom sights with a pair of iron sights. The rear iron sight has two different positions with different diameters. The 36C also features four Picatinny rails on the handguard.
MG36 - The MG36 is a light machine gun (LMG) variant of the standard G36. It implements a heavy barrel for minimal heat and cook-off malfunctions. It is no longer marketed by Heckler & Koch.
MG36E - The MG36E is the export version of the MG36. Like the MG36, it has also been discontinued.
SL8 - The SL8 is the civilian version of the G36 that does not have the zoomed sights of the standard G36 variants. It can only shoot semi-auto and the pistol grip and retractable stock have been replaced by a fixed stock with a thumbhole. It has been modified to prevent the addition of the standard retractable G36 stock and versions exported to the United States have been modified to only accept 10 round box magazines to comply with gun control laws.
SL9SD - The SL9 is a 7.62x37mm subsonic Whisper round. The subsonic round has low amounts of stopping power (about as powerful as .45 ACP), but it is silent and it can penetrate body armor.
R8 - The R8 is a straight-pull bolt-action rifle designed to be legal for use in countries with strict gun control laws such as Australia, and Britain. In Australia, the government of Victoria banned the R8 and reclassified it as a centerfire semi-automatic rifle because they claimed that it could be modified for firing semi-automatic, or fully-automatic despite statements by Heckler & Koch stating otherwise.