A Rifle With a Sleek and Futuristic Look
Words: Jimmy Beckett
Photos: Walter Sidas
A rifle with a sleek and futuristic look, the G36 is a great AEG to round out any airsofters collection. It comes with a robust Version 3 gearbox and rails for optics, lights, lasers and fore grips; right out of the box. This is also the gun that Chuck Norris used in the Expendables 2 motion picture. That alone makes this a must-have gun! In this review, I am going to dig in deep and give you full details on this AEG.
THROUGH THE SCOPE
WHO MAKES IT: S&T, distributed and licensed by Umarex
GUN NAME: H&K G36C
TYPE: Assault Riffle
WHO IT’S FOR: Entry to mid-level gamer
HOW MUCH: $160.00 average retail
FPS: 300 with .20g BBs
Overall I’m pleased with the performance from this AEG. The rate of fire is very good with the stock battery, and you have the ability to increase the performance by swapping out batteries to suit your needs. The hi-cap magazine is a great feature as well for the new player on a budget. The new switch design gives you a nice, responsive trigger pull. One of my favorite features for the player who is seeking maximum performance on a budget is the quick change spring.
Star rating (1-5) = 4
PROS & CONS
+ Side folding stock
+ Magazines attach to each other
+ Ambidextrous controls
+ Easy disassemble
+ Rail space for optics, lights and fore grip
+ Low price
– Lower quality plastic body
RIS (Rail Integrated System): Three rail sections on fore grip: bottom, left and right
STOCK: Fixed-length side folding
BARREL LENGTH: 300mm
TRIGGER GUARD: Molded into body
UPPER & LOWER RECEIVER: Plastic
MAG RELEASE: Lever-type ambidextrous
OPTIC SPACE: Long top rail
MAGAZINE: 300-round Hi-cap
TRADEMARKS: Fully licensed HK trademarks
GEARBOX VERSION: Version 3 with quick spring change
MOTOR: Short type
GEARS: Metal standard ratio
BUSHINGS/BEARINGS: 7mm metal bushings
CUT-OFF LEVER: Metal
SELECTOR PLATE: Plastic G36 type
WIRING HARNESS: Micro-switch assembly
CYLINDER & HEAD: Aluminum, plastic
PISTON & HEAD: Plastic vented
SPRING: M100 linear
ANTI-REVERSAL LATCH: Metal V3
SPRING GUIDE: Metal quick-change plastic coating
INNER BARREL: Aluminum
HOP-UP UNIT: Plastic G36 type
– Battery: Stock 8.4V NiMH; Venom 8.4V 1600mAh NiMH; Venom 9.6V 1600mAh NiMH; Intellect 11.1V 1200mAh 25C LiPo
– Charger: Stock wall plug-in charger.
– BBs: Elite Force .20g; Elite Force .25g
8.4V – 11.09 RPS
9.6V – 13.19 RPS
11.1V – 18.2 RPS
.20g – 299 FPS
.25g – 279 FPS
The H&K G36C is a fully-licensed replica. This model comes with an 8.4V 1100mAh mini-type battery with a small Tamiya connector as well as a standard wall plug-in charger. Admittedly, it is not the best as far as chargers and batteries go, but it’s enough to get you plinking in the backyard or out to the local airsoft field. The package also includes a 300-round, high-capacity magazine and a set of instructions.
I wanted to get this AEG in action, so first, I charged up the battery. The included charger is simple to use, just plug it in and wait three hours for a full charge. There is no warning indicator or timer setting so be sure to monitor the battery so you don’t overcharge it. In the meantime, I started charging an 8.4V 1600mAh NiMH, a 9.6V 1600mAh NiMH and an 11.1V 1200mAh LiPo battery so that I could fully test the AEG at different voltages. Once I had all my batteries charged up I headed to Ground Zero Airsoft to test them out.
Prior to gaming, I fired up my chronograph and began testing this AEG. First up was the supplied battery, which fit very easily into the fore grip. I had no problem closing it up and adding the pin. On the G36 series there is a single body pin that you must remove at the fore grip where your battery is stored. Next, I loaded up the included hi-cap mag with .20g Elite Force BBs. I fired a few test shots down-range to dial in my hop-up and I was good to go. After a few shots through the chronograph, I switched to the other batteries so I could get the Chrono data.
As you can see, the rate of fire with each battery increased with the best being the 11.1V LiPo battery. Keep in mind however, that a LiPo does need a little more attention than other batteries and may not be best-suited for entry-level gamers. The increased voltage from the LiPo can push the AEGs internals to the max and prolonged use could cause some mechanical failure due to the high rate of fire.
Now that I was done with the Chrono and testing, it was time to get this into action. I topped off my mags with .25g BBs, as they are my preference. The heavier weight keeps the BB on a truer path but slows the overall speed. With rifle in hand and eye protection on, it was time to start the game. At the CQB field, the gun performed flawlessly. The micro-switch trigger offered a great trigger pull that was very responsive in semi-auto firing. I was able to have the stock folded to the side to keep the overall profile down. Since this gun shoots relatively light out of the box, I had no issues using it at the CQB field. A feature that I really like is that I can clip two mags together with the integrated tabs on either side of the magazine. Since the games are normally short, two 300-round hi-caps were all I needed and I was able to leave my vest behind, so I was much quicker and very nimble on my feet.
Some of the other nice features of this gun are the ambidextrous mag release and selector lever. Although I’m not particularly great at shooting or reloading on my weak side, it gives you the option to do so. This is a great feature for left-handed users.
Having a long top rail allowed me to add any optic I wanted. I like to run it as a very plain setup. There are also rails on the fore grip; a set of three short rails to be specific. One is located on left and one on the right with the final being on the bottom. This gives you the option of adding lights, lasers, a peq box or a vertical grip and a whole multitude of other options. Just in front of the lower rail there is a sling mounting point on either side as well as one on the stock.
One distinct feature that I did not use was the quick-change spring. This is an excellent option for a player that goes to multiple fields with different regulations for FPS. You can have your high-power spring in for outdoor and then with the folding of your stock, removal of a body pin, charging handle spring guide and a flathead screw, you can replace the spring, bringing you down to the field limit. Anyone can do it!
After the Chrono testing and some use of this gun on game day, I’d say it’s a very well-rounded AEG. For a player just getting into the sport, it this is a great AEG to start with. It comes in kit form, complete with a battery and charger, a 300-round high-capacity magazine, 60-day warranty, quick-change spring and fully-licensed H&K trademarks. What more could you ask for? This gun will also set you apart from the usual M4-toting players that populate every field. I would have no issue recommending this to a friend or a customer for both indoor and outdoor game play.