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The Heckler & Koch G36 assault rifle was developed as the HK50 project in the early 1990s. It was adopted in 1999 by the Bundeswehr and the Spanish army as its standard service rifle. Additionally, the G36 is used by the British police and several US law enforcement agencies as well. The G36 is a departure from previous assault rifles designed by H&K. While all early H&K rifles were delayed blowback designs, the G36 is a gas operated weapon, with a rotating bolt locking into the barrel extension, a design similar to the Armalite AR-18. The polymer receiver is reinforced with steel inlets, the trigger unit, which is available with or without a 3-round burst limiter, is contained inside the pistol grip. The G36 has very user-friendly and ergonomic controls, plus it is completely ambidextrous. It is easily field-stripped without any tools other than a single cartridge to push the pins. The G36 is fed from STANAG-compatible 30-rounds polymer magazines with translucent walls. The standard magazines have built-in clips to connect magazines to one another for faster reloading. The plastic buttstock is side-folding (HO -4, SS 11, Acc 7 Rcl -2 when folded). On the top of the receiver is a large carrying handle with built-in sights: the standard G36 has a dual sights system - a 3.5 x compact scope is coupled to a non-magnifying red-dot sight for faster target acquisition on short distances, no iron sights. The export versions, G36E, and the carbine version, G36K, only have a 1.5 x power scope. The G36 has muzzle brake that can launch rifle grenades and can be equipped with a bayonet or the 40 mm underbarrel grenade launcher HK79. A SMG-sized G36C («Commando») with a 228 mm barrel, as well as a semi-automatic law-enforcement version is also available. The G36 is a very reliable rifle even without daily cleaning.

G11 ver. 4d+1 11 11 400 2 700 4.7 10* 45 (x3) 9 -1 2000€ -5

4.73x33 mm Caseless

The development of the G11 rifle was started by Heckler & Koch in the late 1960s, when the German army decided to replace the existing G3 rifle with lighter weapons. The initial studies lead to the idea of a small-caliber, rapid-fire rifle, firing caseless ammuni-

tion. The new design, called G11, was created together with Dynamit Nobel, Germany, being responsible for the new cartridge. The basic concept of the G11 is a unique rotating cylinder breech/chamber system. The cartridges are located above the barrel, bullets down. Prior to each shot, the first cartridge is pushed down from the magazine into the chamber and then the breech/chamber rotates by 90° to align the cartridge with the barrel. After firing the round, the chamber rotates back, ready for the next cartridge to be chambered. The breech can be manually cocked by the rotating handle at the side of the rifle, behind the pistol handle. The barrel, the rotating breech, the feed module and the magazine are mounted movable in the housing which leads to reduced recoil when firing single shots or fully automatic (400 rpm). When firing 3-round bursts at 2000 rpm, the mechanism will move backwards and only after the last round leaves the barrel, the recoil is felt (treat the 3-round bursts as single shots but use burst fire rules to determine hits). This basic design concept is used as the BBSP system in the Russian AN-94. The G11 features a built-in 1x optical sight with a simple aiming reticule. It accepts special 45 round polymer magazines, in addition to the one loaded, the G11 carries two spare magazines on top of the rifle. In the late 1980s the Bundeswehr began field-testing the pre-production Gns. After the initial tests, some improvements were made, such as the removable optical sight, the mounting of two spare magazines on the rifle, and a bayonet/bipod mount under the muzzle. In 1990, a slightly modfified G11 was tested by the US army as part of the ACR (Advanced Combat Rifle) program which has now become the OICW program. Due to the German re-union, there was a lack of funds and the whole G11 program was cancelled in 1991.

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