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Type Place of origin Service history Used Wars Assault rifle Germany In service 1997–present by 20+ countries (see users) Kosovo War, Afghan War, Iraq War, War in South Ossetia (2008), Operation Banner(PSNI) (Northern Ireland The Troubles), 2011 Libyan civil war
At the end of the cold war after the rejection of Heckler & Koch’s case less round and the G11 rifle the German army (Bundeswehr) had really three options: to continue to use the G3 rifle, to start using the AK-74 (of which there were tens of thousands in the armories of the former East German state), or to have yet another competition for a new assault rifle. After much deliberation the choice was finally made: the G3 was becoming obsolete, the AK-74 was politically untenable (but it would have been the most economic choice). So a new design competition was held. The winner of this competition was a new rifle system from H&K, which was adopted as the G36 (Gewehr 36 = Rifle 36).
The standard G36 rifles fitted with the HK AG36 40mm under barrel grenade launcher.
The new 5.56mm assault rifle had been adopted by the Bundeswehr in the 1995, and in the 1999 the Spain adopted its slightly different, export version, G36E as its standard infantry rifle. The G36 also found its way into the hands of various law enforcement agencies worldwide, including British police and some U.S. police departments. So far I’ve heard very few complaints about this rifle, and a lot of 1
the charging handle aligns itself with 2 . Description and Specifications From the technical point of view.S. with steel inserts where appropriate. Army as the separate XM-8 light assault rifle. which are now in service with U.S. It also appears that in this form it also can be adopted by U. The G36. The bolt carrier rides on a single guide rod. The G36 is a conventional gas operated. reliable. the G36 is a radical departure from all the previous H&K rifles. the only complaints about G36 that I know are the overheating of the hand guards during the sustained fire. accurate. Of cause. in severely modified form.good revives and opinions. Otherwise it is a really fine rifle. with the return spring around it. XM -29 OICW weapon. military. squareshaped bolt carrier and the typical rotating bolt with 7 locking lugs.S. police. In fact. based on the proven G3 roller-delayed system. there also are many differences from the AR-18. used by U.S. selective fire rifle. When not in use. simple in operations and maintenance. The receiver and most of the others external parts of the G36 are made from reinforced polymers. also is used as a “kinetic energy” part of the U. The charging handle is attached to the top of the bolt carrier and can be rotated to the left or to the right. and available in a wide variety of versions – from the short-barreled Commando (some even said that it’s a submachine gun) G36C and up to a standard G36 rifle and the MG36 squad automatic (light machine gun). and the loose of zero of built in scope on some G36KE rifles. with its short stroke gas piston. The operating system appears to be a modification of the older American Armalite AR-18 rifle. located above the barrel. to replace in the near future not so successful Colt M4 carbines. made from most modern materials and using most modern technologies.
The side-folding. made from translucent plastic. 2 or 3 round bursts in any reasonable combinations. By the standard. It folds to the right side and does not interfere with rifle operation when folded. full automatic fire. in the G3 or AK-47 style. sturdy skeletonized butt stock is standard on all G36 rifles. so two or three magazines can be clipped together for faster reloading. The ambidextrous fire selector lever also serves as a safety switch.the axis of the weapon under the pressure of its spring. All the major parts are assembled on the receiver using the cross-pins. The typical H&K trigger unit is assembled in a separate plastic housing. G36 is fed from the proprietary 30-rounds box magazines. away from the shooter. a wide variety of firing mode combinations can be used on any rifle. so rifle can be disassembled and reassembled back without any tools. so G36 can be easily adjusted to the various magazine interfaces. Standard options are single shots. that expels all the used gases forward. 3 . origins also can be used (these magazines are standard for the MG36 squad automatic versions of the G36). The ejection window is located at the right side of the receiver and features a spent cases deflector to propel the ejected cases away from the face of the left-handed shooter.S. A 100-round Beta-C dual drum magazines of U. integral with the pistol grip and the trigger guard. The gas block is fitted with the self-adjustable gas valve. The default version is the single shots + 2 rounds burst + full auto. All magazines have special studs on its sides. The magazine housings of the G36 are made as a separate parts. Thanks to this feature. the magazine release catch is located just behind the magazine. and reciprocates with the bolt group at the top of the receiver. simply by installing the appropriate trigger unit. rather than on the side of the magazine housing (M16-style).
with the former suitable for long range accurate shooting. The subcompact G36K Commando version is available with the integral Picatinny. 4 .5X telescope sight below. which are left from the now non-existent East Germany Army stocks. The sights are completely independent.5X telescope sight. The export versions of the G36 are available with the single 1.The standard sighting equipment of the G36 consists of the two scopes – one 3. The G36 uses an AK-74-type bayonets. with the emergency open sights molded into the top of the carrying handle. with the second 1X red-dot sight above it.type scope and accessory rail instead of the carrying handle and standard sights (see also page 7). Both sights are built into the plastic carrying handle. and the latter suitable for the fast target acquisition at the short ranges.
The barrel opens by unlocking and swinging its breach to the left. If it will be adopted. which is in service with Dutch army. known as XM320. A version of the AG-C grenade launcher. which is now in service with German and Spanish armies. with electronic range finding sight being developed for future precision applications. and it is provided with ambidextrous manual safety. the AG36 has been adopted to British L85A2 assault rifle. This kit includes a detachable shoulder stock. AG36 can fire all standard types of 40x46 mm 'low velocity' grenades. The latest version of the AG36 is the AG-C/ EGLM (Enhanced Grenade Launcher Module). it then would receive the M320 designation. including extra-long less-lethal 'baton' and tear gas warheads. and to Diemaco C7A1 assault rifle. the HK79. break open weapon. a modification which can be mounted on the M16A4 assault rifles and M4 carbines using Picatinny type rails under the for end. The trigger of AG36 is of double-action only type.AG36 grenade launcher The AG36 grenade launcher has been developed by the famous German company Heckler& Koch as a replacement for its previous add-on 40mm grenade launcher. Later on. is now considered by the US Army as a possible replacement to the venerable M203 under barrel launcher under the OICW Block 1 program. AG36is a single shot. This allows the operator to use projectiles of any length. The standard G36 rifles can be fitted with the HK AG36 40mm under barrel grenade launcher: AG36 grenade launcher mounted under the barrel 5 . Standard sight is of ladder type. The initial platform (host rifle) for AG36 was the HK G36 assault rifle. A special kit is available to convert AG36 into a stand-alone weapon.
up to 150 m point targets 6 .Caliber Type Overall length Weight Effective range 40x46mm single shot 348 mm 1.5 kg unloaded up to 400 m area targets.
Types 7 .
8 . It is a heavy-barreled version. sometimes called as the G36V. Export version G36E HK G36KE A shorter export version (not used by the Bundeswehr). it is fitted with detachable red dot sight. intended for the special operation forces and airborne troops. It is fitted with a singe 1. It comes with iron sights and Picatinny-type accessory rail instead of the carrying handle (used by the Bundeswehr). HK G36A2 (KV) An upgraded variant. HK G36C A compact assault rifle. fed from 100-round dual drum magazines and fitted with folding bipod. However this version has not been produced in quantity and is no longer offered (used by the Bundeswehr).HK G36 The standard G36 rifles used by the Bundeswehr. new foregrip with three Picatinny-type rails (used by the Bundeswehr). HK G36E Export version. It has been developed from the G36K (used by special forces of the Bundeswehr). HK MG36 Squad automatic weapon. Iron sights are molded on top of the carrying handle and are used only in case of emergency.5x magnification sight. This variant is in service with Spain (not used by the Bundeswehr). HK G36K A shorter carbine version.
 The sighting bridge also functions as a carrying handle and features auxiliary open sights molded on top of the handle that consist of a forward blade and rear notch. The reflex sight is illuminated by ambient light during the day and uses battery powered illumination for use at night.5x magnification and an aiming reticule fixed at 300 m. Electric illumination is activated automatically by a built in photo sensor and can be manually activated to boost the brightness of the reticule in daytime low contrast situations. as in the G36V. 600 and 800 m crosshairs and a range-finding scale) and an unmagnified reflex sight (calibrated for firing at 200 m) mounted on top of the telescopic sight.Optical sight The standard German Army versions of the G36 are equipped with a ZF 3x4° dual optical sight that combines a 3x magnified telescopic sight (with the main reticule designed for firing at 200 m and bullet drop compensation markings for: 200. which clamps into the G36 carry handle adapter in front of the optical sight housing and mates with the rifle's standard optical sight. 9 . The export versions have a single telescopic sight with a 1. All rifles are adapted to use the Hensoldt NSA 80 third-generation night sight. 400. but these can only be used with the reflex sight removed. The optical sight system is produced by Hensoldt AG (a subsidiary of Carl Zeiss AG).
800 meter range 9 Person size of 1. 600m. 600 meter range 8 Point of aim for firing at approx. 200m 10 .75 m man size at 400 m range) 4 Lead mark for firing at targets moving from right to left at a speed of approx. 400 meter range 7 Point of aim for firing at approx. 8 km/h at a range of 200 meters 3 Circular reticule (Interior diameter 1. 400m.Optical sight reticule pattern 1 Point of aim at 200 meters range 2 Lead mark for firing at targets moving from left to right at a speed of approx.75 meters at range X (800m. 8 km/h at a range of 200 meters 5 Horizontal line to determine whether the weapon is canted from the horizon 6 Point of aim for firing at approx.
Maintenance manual 11 .
3 in) stock extended / 500 mm (19.9 in) 318 mm (12. G36KV G36C 999 mm (39.0 kg (6. G36V. MG36E G36K.3 in) stock extracted / 758 mm (29.6 lb) 3. G36KV G36C 480 mm (18.5 in) 228 mm (9.2 lb) 3.2 in) stock folded 720 mm (28.0 in) Width 64 mm (2. G36K.82 kg (6.3 lb) 2.8 in) stock folded 860 mm (33.00 lb) 3.7 in) stock folded Barrel length G36.6 in) 285 mm (11.9 in) stock extended / 615 mm (24.83 kg (8. G36KV. MG36E G36K.4 lb) Length G36.7 lb) 3. MG36.30 kg (7. MG36E G36C 320 mm (12.63 kg (8. MG36.33 kg (7.Production history Designed Manufacturer Produced Variants 1990–1995 Heckler & Koch 1996–present See Variants Specifications Weight G36 (BW) G36K (BW) G36C (BW) G36E (export version) G36KE (export version) G36A2/KV (BW) MG36 (E) (BW 3.2 in) 278 mm (10. G36A2/KV.5 in) Height G36.9 in) 12 . MG36 G36V.3 lb) 3.50 kg (7.
788.7 ft/s) 800 metres (870 yd). MG36E: 920 m/s (3.5x magnified sight) and back-up fixed notch sight Exploded view(s) 13 . MG36. telescopic sight with 3x magnification (export version has a 1. G36KV: 850 m/s (2. rotating bolt 750 rounds/min cyclic G36. G36V.56x45mm NATO Short-stroke piston.Cartridge Action Rate of fire Muzzle velocity Effective range Feed system Sights Reflex 5.018 ft/s) G36K. 200–600 m sight adjustment 30-round detachable box magazine or 100-round C-Mag drum magazine sight with 1x magnification.
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