At long last, the Heckler & Koch G36 is coming to America — albeit in rimfire form. This HK-licensed, Walther-manufactured tactical plinker was announced at the top of the year and is now shipping to stores near you.
Patterned off the ’90s-era German assault rifle, this rimfire rifle has the look and feel of the G36, including the ambidextrous controls and over-bore charging handle, with the standout exception being that it’s chambered for .22 Long Rifle.
The G36 Rimfire with a standard 20-round magazine. The magazines have knobs on the followers to make loading fast and easy. (Photo: Walther)
Sure, it’s not chambered for 5.56 NATO but that’s going to make it even more appealing to some shooters. To be sure, rimfire ammunition is still a bear to find in places, but with a little vigilance it turns up in stores and online.
The fact that this is a rimfire rifle means that it is priced much more affordably, with vendors already listing it in the $500 to $550 range. And that’s while the G36 Rimfire is still new and in more demand — down the line it will probably list for less.
The G36 Rimfire is lighter in weight than the real centerfire rifle at just 6 pounds, 12 ounces unloaded with the magazine. It has a similar barrel length at 18 inches and is threaded for common 1/2-28 muzzle devices.
It features fixed front and rear sights on top of carrying handle and the sights are the right height to work well with a low-profile red dot sight. The rear sight is adjustable for both windage and elevation. The carrying handle doubles as a guard against the reciprocating charging handle.
You can see that the stock is open to let spent cases eject straight out with the stock folded. (Photo: Walther)
The G36 Rimfire takes down similarly to the real thing and has a folding buttstock. The skeletonized stock doesn’t interfere with ejection and the G36 Rimfire can be fired with the stock folded.
Tactical plinking is the new hotness and this is a very attractive package at a good price. Lightweight and affordable, the G36 Rimfire is suited for light training, carrying as a kit rifle and just having fun at the range.
Walther will ship the G36 Rimfire standard with 20-round magazines and offer 10- and 30-round magazines separately.
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