Heckler and Koch g36 is an assault rifle and is manufactured by Heckler & Koch of Germany. It was designed and developed in a very short term with an aim to replace the earlier G3 model.
The Heckler and Koch g36 rifle was designed in the year 1990. The German armed forces, Bundeswehr adopted this rifle in the year 1995 and it is the recent standard infantry automatic rifle in Germany. In the year 1999 G36 rifle also entered service with the Spanish army as the main infantry rifle. Apart from these, this rifle is also being used by number of law enforcement agencies worldwide.
The combat abilities of the g36 rifle have already been displayed during peacekeeping operation in Afghanistan, Yugoslavia and Iraq wars. Its features and quality standards are also compatible with the NATO standards.
This automatic rifle Heckler and Koch g36 has been made using most modern materials and by using most innovative technologies. The rifle has certain unique features to its credit. It can be disassembled by using a pin or cartridge as the main parts are connected together by the cross-pins. A pistol handle and a trigger guard are built in one trigger group. The standard trigger group allows executing single fire, 2 shot burst, or automatic fire. There are produced a number of trigger group combinations including earlier mentioned fire modes and a 3 shot burst.
The trigger group can be replaced depending on shooter requirements. For the purpose of reloading the weapon there is a reloading handle which is placed over the barrel box and can be rotated. When not in use the reloading handle aligns itself over the barrel box. It moves together with the lock frame when fired. A safety-lock is a fire mode changer at once. Cartridge-case extraction window is fitted with deflector throwing cases forward. This feature prevents left-handed shooter face injuries. The rifle is also fitted with dual sighting device with magnification optical sight and magnification collimator sight.
The chief advantages of the Heckler and Koch g36 rifle lies in its high reliabilityâ€™ its ability to dismantle in field conditions, a very good fire accuracy, a variety of trigger group combinations and the ability to fire in burst mode. It has a very long service life of about 10,000 shots and is very comfortable and easy to maintain. It also has the ability to use magazines compatible with the NATO standards, integrated dual sight mount, folding buttstock and a very silent shot sound.
Along with the numerous advantages there are certain disadvantages also attached with the Heckler and Koch g36 rifle which are Overheating of the fore grip firing in full-automatic mode; the lose of zero point in built in scopes in some rifles; high sighting line; no ability to mount an under barrel grenade launcher in the field conditions as it needs replacement of the fore grip.