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ELITE FORCE/UMAREX PINK G36C

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THROUGH THE SCOPE
WHO MAKES IT: Elite Force/Umarex/S&T
GUN NAME: Pink G36C
CLASS: AEG
TYPE: Fabulously colored CQB weapon
WHO IT’S FOR: Beginner-mid level player
HOW MUCH: $160 FPS: 370 w/ .20g BBs

Shooter's Opinion

With more and more women starting to get into airsoft, more companies are starting to produce guns catered to “the fairer sex”. Generally, this means the gun is going to be pink. Now, I could get into the politics of color in relation with traditional heteronormative gender roles, but today, we’re just going to be looking at a pink gun. A gun whose tagline should read Hey, it can be for men too! But I digress, the pink gun we’re looking at is the Umarex/Elite Force/H&K licensed G36C made by S&T (that really is quite the mouthful). This is a relatively budget oriented gun, certainly not the top tier by any stretch of the imagination, but is it skirmishable? Let’s take a detailed look at it and see!

BREAKDOWN

EXTERNAL
BUILD RIS (RAIL INTEGRATED SYSTEM): Removable rail sections on handguard
STOCK: Side folding polymer unit
BARREL LENGTH: 9 in.
TRIGGER GUARD: Molded into lower receiver
MAG RELEASE: Ambidextrous paddle
OPTIC SPACE: 20mm top rail
MAGAZINE: 400 round capacity hi-cap
LENGTH: 28 in.
WEIGHT: 5 lbs.
WIDTH: 2.75 in. at handguard
HEIGHT: 11.5 in.
LENGTH OF PULL: 12.8 in.
INTERNAL
BUILD GEARBOX VERSION: V3
MOTOR: Standard power short length
GEARS: Steel
BUSHINGS/BEARINGS: 7mm steel bushings
WIRING HARNESS: Front, mini Tamiya plug
CYLINDER & HEAD: Red anodized cylinder, O-ring ? tted cylinder head
PISTON & HEAD: Polymer piston and ported head
NOZZLE: Standard
SPRING: Feels like M110 Strength
ANTI-REVERSAL LATCH: Standard, externally accessible
SPRING GUIDE: Quick change V3 unit
INNER BARREL: 247mm length, red anodized
HOP-UP UNIT: Rotary adjustable with split nub
PERFORMANCE
CONTROL OPERATION: 3 position switch, safe-semi-auto
BATTERY STORAGE: Handguard, able to ? t 9.6V nunchuck pack easily
RANGE/ ACCURACY: 150 ft. “Torso” accurate

ROF 8.4V – 14 RPS 11.1V – 18 RPS
CHRONO .20g- 370.9 FPS .25g- 335.6 FPS

ITEMS USED
BATTERIES: Included 8.4v NiMH, 11.1v 20C 1000 mAh Tenergy LiPo
CHARGER: G&G LiPo Balance Charger
BB’S: .20/.25g Elite Force BBs

PERFORMANCE
Performance after 2500+ rounds of use, using Elite Force .20g ammo is as follows:
HIGH FPS: 370.9 FPS
LOW FPS: 364.6 FPS
AVERAGE FPS: 368.7 FPSe

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The stock locks securely onto a notch on the right side of the receiver.

BODY

Externally, there’s not much separating this from a normal G36C aside from the slight difference in color. I mean, squint and you’ll barely notice. It’s made pretty much entirely out of polymer with only the handguard rails and some internal parts being made of metal. The light weight makes it a good option for younger players, but more experienced players may mistake the lightness for cheapness, because compared to most other guns, it does feel a little lacking. That being said, the overall feel is quite solid, with very little wobble aside from the outer barrel which flexes quite a bit, unfortunately.

The stock is a side folding unit with a molded-in plastic butt pad instead of the addon rubber unit found on most G36 models. It folds by pressing the large white button, swinging it to the right side of the gun, and locking it on the little nub. When folded, you can access the charging handle spring guide which can be easily removed to access the quick spring change point. A sling mount can be found on the left side of the locking plate.

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The side folding stock has a molded-in plastic butt pad. Less than ideal, but it gets the job done.

The lower receiver, if you want to call it that, consists of the grip and the selector assembly. The switch is ambidextrous and clicks satisfyingly into each setting. The trigger pull is quite nice, given the microswitch trigger system. The grip is relatively featureless but is big enough to get a comfortable grip on.

The magwell can be removed like all G36 variants and locks the included magazine in very well. The magazine release is a large paddle located at the rear, giving you ambidextrous capabilities here as well.

The charging handle can be pulled back to expose the hop-up adjuster. It doesn’t lock back; however, you can shove the handle down inside the top of the receiver to keep it locked back fairly well. There is no blowback function or anything like that on this gun, thankfully.

The handguard is a standard short G36C design with white painted metal rails installed for easy accessorizing. It pops off with one pin to access the battery compartment which is fairly small, but has plenty of room for the included battery or my Tenergy LiPo. A handstop at the front keeps you from shooting your fingers off and gives you a front sling mount point.

The outer barrel is, unfortunately, plastic and threaded 14mm+ in true S&T form. Use great caution if you’re planning on removing the orange tip because you’ll likely break the threads.

The top rail has plenty of space for any optic configuration you could reasonably imagine. The front sight is fixed and the rear is adjustable for windage and elevation, however, it requires tools to do so. The rear sight has the two standard G36C apertures, both of which work great for CQB. They’re not the most precision sights around, but they’re not designed to be!

MAGAZINES

The included magazine is a white molded plastic hi-cap, holding 400 rounds and featuring the normal features you’d find on a G36 mag such as the large locking lugs on the sides and a damn near complete inability to fit in most mag pouches. It winds at the bottom, fills from the top. It locks in place better than most G36s that I’ve tested, and the magazine feeds very well. The gun will work with most other TM compatible magazines, and I didn’t see any compatibility issues with my JG and SRC mags that I have from other guns.

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White painted metal rails are installed on the polymer handguard, giving you plenty of options for mounting accessories.

GEARBOX

The first thing you’ll notice about this gearbox is that it’s seriously beefy. Seriously, this thing is built like a tank with a massive amount of metal at the front of the gearbox shell. My only concern is that the metal itself looks kind of iffy, but I’m thinking the design will keep it from cracking. The shell is equipped with steel bushings that appear to be 7mm, and a small window that allows you to decompress the spring using a small tool. Combined with the quick change spring guide and this thing is an absolute breeze to take apart.

Inside the gearbox, you’ll find steel gears, a polymer piston with steel teeth and ported head, and an unported cylinder. The piston has a shaved tooth to aid with AOE and the air-seal is fairly good for a stock setup. You’ll also see the microswitch trigger system and standard G36 style cantilevered trigger itself, which is a royal pain in the ass to reassemble if it pops out when you open it up. The short type motor is held in a half cage and seems to be a standard torque unit. Nothing groundbreaking here.

ELECTRONICS

S&T installed their standard microswitch style trigger system in this, with a short wiring harness terminated in a mini-tamiya connector. There is no MOSFET or anything like that installed, however, it seems to be holding up to my mid-level 11.1V LiPo battery without issues.

HOP-UP

The hop-up unit is plastic and features an easily adjustable drum to set your desired hopup power. The bucking is a split nub design which likely contributes to its skirmishable accuracy. The inner barrel is anodized red and is 247mm long, standard G36C length.

PROS

  • $160 licensed G36C
  • Pink molded body, no cheap paint  job here
  • Includes 400 round hi-cap
  • Metal V3 gearbox
  • Quick change spring system
  • Adjustable rear sight
  • Plenty of rails for optics and accessories
  • Folding stock
  • Ambidextrous controls

CONS

  • Gearbox shell is well made, but the material looks a little iffy
  • 14mm+ threaded muzzle makes muzzle accessories very limited
  • Plastic outer barrel
  • Molded-in butt pad
  • Some seam lines to be found throughout

MODIFICATIONS

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Underneath the side folding stock, you’ll find a white metal piece that can be removed to access the quick change spring guide.

As far as necessary modifications are concerned, the gun is skirmish ready out of the box. I’ll always recommend cleaning up the inner barrel and hop-up bucking before doing too much shooting, and thanks to the G36C design, accessing those internals is an easy affair. The internals seems to be high enough quality that I feel confident running this with my standard 11.1V LiPo battery

PROS + $160 licensed G36C + Pink molded body, no cheap paint job here + Includes 400 round hi-cap + Metal V3 gearbox + Quick change spring system + Adjustable rear sight + Plenty of rails for optics and accessories + Folding stock + Ambidextrous controls
CONS – Gearbox shell is well made, but the material looks a little iffy – 14mm+ threaded muzzle makes muzzle accessories very limited – Plastic outer barrel – Molded-in butt pad – Some seam lines to be found throughout

until something goes wrong. Having put several thousand rounds through this myself and as a loaner gun, it hasn’t had one hiccup. I did, however, add a mock silencer to spice things up a bit, and my wife crocheted a rainbow suppressor sleeve to keep the theme going. For reasons.

With the included 8.4V battery, I got an acceptable ROF of 14 RPS. With my tried and true Tenergy 11.1V 1000 mAh 20C LiPo pack, I saw the ROF increase to 18 RPS, a very nice jump, but still a little on the low side with this battery pack and power level. The gun sounds good while firing, no screechy or rough sounds to be heard.

Range and accuracy were, again, perfectly skirmishable for a gun of this level. I was putting .25g Elite Force BBs on my normal torso sized target out to 150 feet without issues. The hop-up is easy to access and adjust and it holds the selected position quite well. That being said, the inner barrel is quite short, and this is a CQB oriented gun, so set your expectations accordingly.

THE LAST WORD

If you’re in the market for an inexpensive, but still skirmishable G36C replica, these things are pretty hard to beat. For $160 or so, and you get a decent body, metal gearbox, and skirmishable performance in either black or pink. But you want pink. I promise. It’s just ridiculous enough to work. In the end of the day, we’re a bunch of grown men (and women!) who are playing dress up and shooting each other with replica guns that sound like sewing machines on steroids. Let’s not take things too seriously. Have a little pink in your life.

LINKS

UMAREX – umarexusa.com

EVIKE evike.com

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