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Heckler & Koch MG36



Overview


H&K MG36

Heckler & Koch MG36 with C-mag, bipod and dual sight unit.
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Origin
Germany
Type
Light machine gun
Entered service
Trials batches only
Status
Prototype
Development
1995
Developer
Germany - Heckler & Koch
Production
1995
Producer
Germany - Heckler & Koch
Number produced
Limited number
Designations
MG36 / Machinengewehr 36
German for "machinegun 36"

Description


Introduction

The MG36 is a light machine gun of German origin. It was developed in the 1990's to complement the G36 assault rifle. Unlike the other variants of the G36 family of firearms, the MG36 wasn't very successful. It was never formally adopted.

Design

The MG36 is a derivative of the full size G36 assault rifle. Both weapons look very similar. The major difference is that MG36 has a thicker barrel between chamber and gas port. Furthermore, the optional bipod of the G36 is standard on the MG36. The MG36 remains magazine fed. A G36 specific variant of the Beta C-mag was developed to increase ammunition load. This holds 100 rounds and due to its design can still be used in the prone position.

Firepower

The MG36 fires the 5.56x45mm NATO round from 100 round C-mag double drum magazines. Regular 30 round G36 magazines can also be used. The MG36 has a cyclic rate of fire of 750 rpm. Even though the MG36 has a thicker barrel, its ability to provide fire support is rather limited.

Users

The MG36 was to enter German military service. A total of a 4.700 was ordered in 1995, but subsequently cancelled in 1997. The MG36 was produced in limited numbers. It was not officially adopted by any nation.

Details


Facts MG36
General
Origin
Germany
Type
Light machine gun
Caliber
Caliber
5.56x45mm NATO
Feed system
30 round detachable box
100 round C-mag
Barrel length
480 mm
Rifling
6 grooves, right hand twist
Muzzle velocity
920 m/s
Operation
Action
Gas operated, short stroke gas piston
Locking
Rotating bolt
Fire selector
0 - 1 - F
Rate of fire
750 rpm
Dimensions
Stock type
Side folding stock
Length
998 mm stock extended
758 mm stock folded
Height
320 mm
Width
64 mm
Weight
3.76 kg empty
Sights
Optics
3.5x scope (bottom)
Red dot sight (top)
Accessories
Bipod
Yes