G36

Heckler and Koch G36 assault rifle

The Heckler and Koch G36 is a select-fire assault rifle chambered in 5.56 NATO. Founded in 1949, HK is a German defense manufacturing company that designs and produces small arms. The G36 was designed in the 1990s as a replacement for the ubiquitous G3 battle rifle.

The G36 uses a gas-piston operated system where propellant gases are caught in a tube near the muzzle. Inside the tube is a piston which the gas pushes and then the piston drives the bolt back.

Features include a free floating barrel, so when the barrel heats and swells it won’t come in contact with the stock. Its barrel is also hammer forged, meaning a machine precisely carved the grooves in the bore for increased accuracy and durability. Fire and safety selectors are ambidextrous. The G36 uses a 30-round detachable box magazine or a 100-round drum magazine.

No less than 25 of the world’s military and police units use the G36 in one form or another. It has given way to a number of variants offering different cartridges, magazines, accessories and sizes.

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