|A modern modular German assault rifle, designed to replace the G3 that was in service at the time. Originally issued with a special optics package. Middle-of-the-road rifle with a preference for ranged performance.|
|Weapon Type||Primary Weapon|
|Weapon Class||Assault Rifle|
|Rank Prerequisites||Rank 25|
|Damage||31 → 25|
|Range||80 max → 140 min|
|Magazine Size||30, 31|
|Fire Modes||Auto, Burst & Semi|
|Rate of Fire||750 RPM|
In 1990, Heckler and Koch began working on a new 5.56×45mm NATO Assault Rifle, to replace the larger-caliber G3 battle rifle. The rifle was designed from the ground up and was designated "Project 50" or HK50. The prototype was trialed against the Austrian Steyr AUG, where it was rated better. The weapon was finalized in 1995, with production commencing a year later. The HK50 rifle was adopted by the German Bundeswehr in 1997 as its standard-issue rifle, under the designation Gewehr 36, or G36.
Multiple variants were derived from the original G36. Notable variants include the G36C, a sub-carbine variant and the MG36, a light machine gun variant which features a heavier barrel, bipod, and 100-round Beta C magazine.
Due to budgetary reasons, H&K were forced to abandon the highly ambitious G11 project in favor of the more conventional G36, leading to the only remaining G11 prototypes to become highly sought after by collectors.
The G36 is a long range oriented assault rifle, possessing a balance between firepower, recoil control while aiming, rate of fire and range. However, the camera recoil is bouncy and the hip fire leaves much to be desired with its tendency to sway away from targets. The G36 has and retains a 4-shot kill (4SK) at all ranges and a high muzzle velocity, similar to the L85A2. This lets it function as a faster firing alternative to something like a designated marksman rifle.
While aiming, the initial recoil has a strong bounce to it. In fully automatic fire, it will make the gun rise up quite a bit, then hold stable after the third shot. Despite beginning with a strong kick, the recoil recovery of the G36 is quite fast, as even rapid tap fire is accurate enough to hit enemies with ease up to 150 studs. The hip fire, however, is the complete opposite. The recoil is random, uncontrollable and spread in a wide pattern, even worse than some 7.62 rifles. The recoil is similar to the M60 in that the weapon will begin to pivot off target under sustained fire.
Usage & Tactics
While using the G36, one should keep in mind that it does not particularly excel at short range, but performs better at medium and long ranges. Due to this, close-quarters-combat (CQC) is not recommended with the G36. It would be preferable to switch to a secondary weapon in case such a situation arises. On the other hand, the G36's sway may come in handy when dealing with more than one hostile at close range, as the G36 will naturally sweep slowly in one direction before turning around back to the other direction with a sharp flick. Unfortunately, not even the vertical grip can do much to temper the poor hipfire performance.
Remember that the G36 shines at longer ranges where it has room to breathe. At its practical range, one can use its high muzzle velocity combined with its fast fire rate to rapidly pick out enemies one by one, much like a DMR. Recoil constraining attachments are always welcome while aiming. However, be aware that even with recoil constraining attachments, the G36 still lacks some stability, meaning that it may sway off target at distance. Remember to tap-fire with caution, even if it exposes the G36's strong initial recoil forces.
The G36 is a gun tailored for long range engagement, capable of heavily suppressing skilled snipers where other assault rifles cannot. Despite all of its long range boons however, in stock form, the G36 has unfavorable recoil for the job, and lacks hipfire stability in general, making it a poor candidate for close range cleanup without a tactical advantage on the user's part.
Pros & Cons
- Fast recoil recovery.
- Clean irons.
- Above average rate of fire.
- Firmly above average ranged performance in its class.
- High minimum damage, 4-shot-kill at any range.
- Poor overall weapon handling, especially from the hip.
- Moderate-high recoil when firing full-auto.
- Strong initial recoil.
- When the G36 was introduced, it had a telescopic optic. In early builds, when an optic was equipped on the G36, the carrying handle was removed and replaced with a rail. The carry handle was eventually changed to a carrying handle with optical sight and Picatinny rail. The additional optic is set on the railed portion of carrying handle, allowing the player to switch from the default sight to the new sight using the Switch Aim Point button. Additionally, the carry handle can be easily removed to replace with other style of carry handle or other accessory systems.
- This is still valid as of update 4.8.0. The Hensoldt 3X optic that is available to all G36 family weapons can be mounted to the weapon and features a high-magnification mode. The default is simply to use a Picatinny rail, which is standard as part of the G36A11 package.
- As of the 5.2.0 update, as long as some sort of optic is attached, the telescopic optic will also appear.
- The G36 in Phantom Forces uses the G36C's folding stock, not the G36-specific stock as featured on the G36A11.
- The German service G36 has a x3 magnification optic and a red dot optic on top.
|0.13.3||Increased damage drop-off range|
|1.0.20||One-hit-kill to limbs range capped at 50 studs.
Head or torso shots still one hit kill at any range.
|2.0.0||Rebalanced as part of CTE changes, new sounds|
|Unknown update||The G36 now attaches optics on top instead of using a rail.||This update is somewhere between the CTE update and optics update.|
|3.7.1||Slightly reduced model recoil recovery speed
Reduced range, 1 point of damage reduced
|Unclear as to whether it was max/min or both damage values that were reduced.|
|3.9.2||Added telescopic sight zoom, fixed alt-aim cycling issues|
|3.11.0||Fixed canted sights||Canted iron rear sight and the Delta used to attach to sight rail.
Canted iron front sight attached to barrel shroud.
|4.8.0||New weapon model
Minimum damage increased to 25
|No longer has telescopic sight by default.
The telescopic sight become the an attachment, the Hensoldt 3X optic.
- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heckler_%26_Koch_G36#History] Wikipedia - HK G36
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