Firearms / Assault rifles / G36

G36

General Facts

  • TYPE
    Assault rifle

  • ORIGIN
    Germany

  • NICKNAMES
    HK 50
    Project 50

  • DESIGNED
    1990 - 1995

  • DESIGNER
    Heckler & Koch

  • PRODUCTION
    1996 - present

  • PRODUCERS
    Germany - Heckler & Koch
    Spain - Santa Barbara

  • QUANTITY
    Unknown

  • UNIT COST
    Unknown

  • CHARACTERISTICS
    Very reliable
    Optics fitted as standard
    Limited costs
    Average ergonomics
    Overheating on early models

Introduction

The G36 is an assault rifle of German origin. It was developed by Heckler & Koch in the early 1990's as a new assault rifle for the German army. The G36 is a departure from H&K's high quality, but very expensive and heavy roller locking system. The G36 has been influenced by various weapon systems and the internal mechanism is rather similar to the AR-18. The name G36 stands for Gewehr 36.

Design

The G36 is a modern assault rifle that has been influenced by The G36 is gas operated, has a short stroke gas piston, uses a rotating bolt and fires from a closed bolt position. Most of the exterior is made of high strength polymer and results in low weight. The German model has a dual sight unit consisting of a 3x scope with a non-magnifying reddot scope on top. The export model has a 1.5x reddot sight and later a Picatinny rail for mounting various optics became available. From the full size G36 model the G36K carbine and G36C compact models were derived.

Firepower

The G36 fires the 5.56x45mm NATO round from a 30 round translucent magazine or 100 round C-mag. It is a select fire rifle that is available with a variety of trigger groups. The cyclic rate of fire is 750 rpm. The effective range is 400 meters for the full size G36 and 200 meters for the sub compact G36C. The G36K and G36 can be fitted with the AG36 under barrel grenade launcher.

Users

The G36 was adopted by the German military as the standard issue assault rifle. The G36 has been adopted by Spain and several smaller nations as its standard issue weapon. Additionally various law enforcement, counter terrorist and special forces units around the world have the G36 in their inventory.

Variants

G36C

The G36C is the shortest and most compact version of the G36 and is considered a sub machine gun by some. The C stands for Compact, but is also incorrectly referred to as Commando. The G36C has a very short barrel and the short forearm only features two slots on each side. The G36C is available with a Picatinny rail with iron sights or with the dual sight unit and integrated carrying handle as used on the full size G36. The latter configuration is uncommon however. The G36C cannot be fitted with a bayonet or AG36 grenade launcher.

  • Specifications:
  • G36C
TypeAssault rifle
Caliber5.56x45mm NATO
Magazine30, 100 rounds
OperationGas operated, short stroke gas piston, rotating bolt, closed bolt
Fire selector0-1-F, 0-1-3-F
Rate of fire750 rpm
Barrel length228 mm
Rifling6 grooves, 178 mm right hand polygonal twist
Muzzle velocity?
StockFoldable
Length720 mm / 500 mm
Width64 mm
Height278 mm with magazine
Weight2.82 kg empty
SightsIron sights, optional optical sights
Remarks-

G36K

The G36K is a carbine version of the G36 assault rifle. While the full size G36 is mostly issued to infantry the G36K model is favored by special forces and law enforcement units. The K stands for Kurz, which is German for short. The G36K has a shorter barrel and the shorter forearm only has four slots on each side. The G36K comes with the same sight setups as the full size model. The G36K has the German dual sight setup and the G36KE has the Export sight setup. The G36KE has been redesignated G36KV and is available with export sights and Picatinny accessory rail. The G36K can be fitted with a AG36 grenade launcher, but cannot mount a bayonet or launch rifle grenades.

TypeAssault rifle
Caliber5.56x45mm NATO
Magazine30, 100 rounds
OperationGas operated, short stroke gas piston, rotating bolt, closed bolt
Fire selector0-1-F, 0-1-3-F
Rate of fire750 rpm
Barrel length318 mm
Rifling6 grooves, 178 mm right hand polygonal twist
Muzzle velocity850 m/s
StockFoldable
Length860 mm / 615 mm
Width64 mm
Height318 mm with magazine
Weight3.30 kg empty
SightsDual sight unit with 1x reddot and 3x scope, backup iron sights
Remarks-
TypeAssault rifle
Caliber5.56x45mm NATO
Magazine30, 100 rounds
OperationGas operated, short stroke gas piston, rotating bolt, closed bolt
Fire selector0-1-F, 0-1-3-F
Rate of fire750 rpm
Barrel length318 mm
Rifling6 grooves, 178 mm right hand polygonal twist
Muzzle velocity850 m/s
StockFoldable
Length860 mm / 615 mm
Width64 mm
Height285 mm with magazine
Weight3.00 kg empty
Sights1.5x reddot sight, backup iron sights, optional Picatinny rail
Remarks-

G36

The G36 is a full size rifle and the version from which all variants were derived. The original G36 features the German dual sight units and the G36E is the version with the Export sight unit. The G36E has been redesignated G36V and is available with export sights or a Picatinny accessory rail. Late production versions feature additional Picatinny rails around the forearm for mounting accessories. The G36 is capable of mounting a bayonet, launching rifle grenades and can be fitted with the AG36 under barrel grenade launcher.

TypeAssault rifle
Caliber5.56x45mm NATO
Magazine30, 100 rounds
OperationGas operated, short stroke gas piston, rotating bolt, closed bolt
Fire selector0-1-F, 0-1-3-F
Rate of fire750 rpm
Barrel length480 mm
Rifling6 grooves, 178 mm right hand polygonal twist
Muzzle velocity920 m/s
StockFoldable
Length999 mm / 758 mm
Width64 mm
Height318 mm with magazine
Weight3.63 kg empty
SightsDual sight unit with 1x reddot and 3x scope, backup iron sights
Remarks-
TypeAssault rifle
Caliber5.56x45mm NATO
Magazine30, 100 rounds
OperationGas operated, short stroke gas piston, rotating bolt, closed bolt
Fire selector0-1-F, 0-1-3-F
Rate of fire750 rpm
Barrel length480 mm
Rifling6 grooves, 178 mm right hand polygonal twist
Muzzle velocity920 m/s
StockFoldable
Length999 mm / 758 mm
Width64 mm
Height285 mm with magazine
Weight3.33 kg empty
Sights1.5x reddot sight, backup iron sights, optional Picatinny rail
Remarks-

MG36

The MG36 is a light machine gun based on the G36 rifle. The MG36 is a G36 with that is fitted with a bipod, uses the 100 round C-mag and features a barrel that his slightly thicker. The barrel is not of a quick change design. The MG36 features the German dual sight unit and the MG36E features the export sight unit. Since the MG36 wasn't capable of providing a substantially larger volume of fire over the original G36 the MG36 was of little value. Only limited quantities have been produced and production ceased soon with the introduction of the MG4.

TypeLight support weapon
Caliber5.56x45mm NATO
Magazine30, 100 rounds
OperationGas operated, short stroke gas piston, rotating bolt, closed bolt
Fire selector0-1-F, 0-1-3-F
Rate of fire750 rpm
Barrel length480 mm
Rifling6 grooves, 178 mm right hand polygonal twist
Muzzle velocity920 m/s
StockFoldable
Length999 mm / 758 mm
Width64 mm
Height318 mm with magazine
Weight3.83 kg empty
SightsDual sight unit with 1x reddot and 3x scope, backup iron sights
RemarksBipod
TypeLight support weapon
Caliber5.56x45mm NATO
Magazine30, 100 rounds
OperationGas operated, short stroke gas piston, rotating bolt, closed bolt
Fire selector0-1-F, 0-1-3-F
Rate of fire750 rpm
Barrel length480 mm
Rifling6 grooves, 178 mm right hand polygonal twist
Muzzle velocity920 m/s
StockFoldable
Length999 mm / 758 mm
Width64 mm
Height285 mm with magazine
Weight3.50 kg empty
Sights1.5 reddot sight, backup iron sights
RemarksBipod

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