5.56 x 45 mm
1 000 mm
Length (with folded stock)
Cyclic rate of fire
Practical rate of fire
40 - 100 rpm
1 000 m
Range of effective fire
The G36 had
been designed in the early 1990s by Heckler & Koch company (HK). It
was intended to replace the ageing
G3 battle rifle in service with the Bundeswehr. The new rifle has also been
aimed at the export customers. It is worth mentioning that during
trials a prototype of the HK G36 was rated higher than the Austrian
Steyr AUG. The G36 entered service with the
German Army as a standard infantry rifle in 1995. This weapon became an export success. It has been exported to more than 40
countries around the world. It is also in
service with various law enforcement agencies worldwide.
the G36 is one of the best assault rifles in the world. It is in
service with Germany for more than 20 years, hence it is considered
out-dated in Germany. the German Army plans to replace it in 2019 or
so. The German Army is looking for a new weapon. Several designs,
Heckler & Koch HK433 and Rheinmetall-Steyr RS-556 will compete
to meet this requirement.
& Koch G36 is chambered for the 5.56x45 mm standard NATO round. It
is a conventional gas operated, selective fire rifle. It uses some
proven elements of the previous G3 rifle design. Internally it also
bears a lot of similarity with the US
Armalite AR-18 automatic
mode selector also serves as a safety switch. Rifle's trigger unit
is assembled in a separate integral plastic housing, which also
includes a pistol grip and the triggerguard. This interchangeable
trigger unit has a wide variety of firing mode combinations. A
standard version has single fire, two round burst and full-auto
modes, however other combinations are possible.
external parts of the G36 are made form polymers. Rifle's
manufacturing process also employs the most modern technologies. The G36 is described as a
good, accurate and reliable weapon. It is also simple in operation
and maintenance. This rifle can be field stripped without any tools.
However there were complaints about overheating of the polymer
handguard during the sustained fire.
is ambidextrous. A charging handle can be rotated to the left or to
the right. The ejection window has a spent cases deflector, which
propels ejected cases from the left-handed shooter. The fire mode
selector is also ambidextrous.
is fed form 30-round box-shaped magazines, made form translucent
plastic. Two or three magazines can be clipped together for rapid
reloading. This weapon
is also compatible with a 100-round dual drum magazines.
comes with a side-folding skeletonized buttstock, which folds to the
right side. When folded this buttstock does not interfere with
weapon's operation. After some adjustments this rifle becomes
compatible with any standard NATO magazines, intended for the
A standard German Army
rifle has a dual sight system. It consists of one 3.5x magnification
scope, suitable for long-range accurate shooting and one 1x
magnification red dot sight above it, suitable for short ranges.
Both sights are built into the carrying handle. Some German soldiers
complained that sights are being easily fogged in bad weather
is compatible with the HK AG36 40 mm underbarrel grenade launcher.
It can be used to launch barrel-mounted riffle grenades. This
weapon can be also fitted with an
AK-74 type bayonet.
HK G36K a
shorter carbine version. It comes with iron sights and Picatinny-type
accessory rail instead of the carrying handle.
export version, sometimes called as the G36V. It is fitted with a singe 1.5x magnification sight. Iron
sights are molded on top of the carrying handle and are used only in
case of emergency. This variant is in service with Spain.
HK G36KE, a
shorter export version.
HK G36C a
compact assault rifle, intended for the special operation forces and
airborne troops. It has been developed from the G36K.
squad automatic weapon. It is a heavy-barreled version, 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.
HK G36A2 an
upgraded variant used by the Bundeswehr. It is fitted with
detachable red dot sight, new foregrip with three Picatinny-type