A double episode marks the end of the Weapons of Modern Warfare series – this time it’s the 2 weapons of the G36 platform, the G36C and MG36.
Sorry to see it go, but this at least clears the route to finishing the Black Ops weapons guides before November, when of course I’ll be switching to Black Ops 2.
Hello, this is XboxAhoy – and these are the Weapons of Modern Warfare.
In this episode, we’re taking a look at the G36 platform – namely, the G36C and MG36.
The G36, or ‘Gewehr sechs-und-dreißig’ hails from Germany – designed and manufactured by Heckler und Koch.
The G36 platform was designed in the early 1990s, entered production in 1996 – and in 1997, was adopted by the Bundeswehr.
The G36C made its first appearance in Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, and returned in Modern Warfare 3.
The C stands for Compact – as it’s a subcarbine-length variant of the G36 rifle.
The MG36 is the Light Support Weapon variant, with a heavier barrel and bipod making it more suitable for sustained fire.
It made its debut appearance in Modern Warfare 3.
The G36 platform replaced the G3 rifle in service with the Bundeswehr, which was introduced in 1959.
The G3 was originally a Spanish design, namely the CETME rifle, named for the establishment who designed the weapon – the ‘Centro de Estudios Técnicos de Materiales Especiales’, or Centre for Technical Studies of Special Materials.
The CETME and later G3 rifles both fire 7.62mm NATO rounds – and as such are classified as battle rifles, in the same category as the FN FAL.
The 1970s saw a transition towards intermediate calibres, and so there was a growing desire to replace the G3.
The G11 was intended to be West Germany’s new service rifle – a unique design using caseless 4.73mm ammunition.
Sadly, the project was scuppered during the political changes during the German reunification, and the G11 didn’t see widespread adoption.
During this time, H&K offered a couple of rifles in the NATO intermediate calibre – the HK33, developed in the 1960s, was essentially a smaller version of the G3 rifle intended for export.
The G41 was a more modern version, introduced in 1981 – but neither this nor the HK33 were deemed suitable replacements for the G3, and instead were bound solely for export.
The newly united Germany had a desperate need for a new 5.56mm assault rifle, and in 1990 H&K would embark on ‘Project 50’ – what would eventually become the G36.
In trials, the G36 would face off against the Austrian AUG – but the native rifle won out, and was adopted in 1997.
The G36’s magazine design is similar to that seen on the SIG 550 – translucent polymer box mags, with studs on either side, allowing magazines to be clipped together.
Standard capacity is 30-rounds, although for the MG36 there exist 100-round C-Mag type drum magazines.
Cyclic rate of fire is 750 rounds per minute across all variants.
The original G36 weighs in at 3.63 kilograms: The G36C is considerably lighter, at 2.82 kilograms; and the MG36’s heavier barrel brings the platform to 3.83 kilograms.
Overall length, again, depends on variant: The original G36 and the MG36 are a shade shy of a metre, at 999 millimetres – while the G36C is considerably shorter, at 720 millimetres.
In addition to the rifle’s adoption by the Bundeswehr, the rifle is used by many other forces all over the world – including the Hellenic Armed Forces, Latvian Army, Lithuanian Armed Forces, the Spanish Army and Navy, and the SAS – and many police forces, too – including the German Bundespolizei, Australian Operational Response Group, Brazilian Federal Police, Finnish Border Guard and Police, National Police of Iceland, Mexican Federal Police, UK’s Metropolitan Police Service, and the United States Capitol Police.
The G36 platform extends to a number of variants – some intended for export, such as the G36V, or ‘Variant’, produced for Spain and Latvia.
The MG36 was the light support weapon variant of the platform, although this version is now discontinued.
The G36K – Kurz, meaning short – is a shortened carbine version of the rifle: somewhere in-between the G36 and G36C.
The more recent G36A2 is an updated version of the platform, equipped with a quick-detachable red dot sight on a Picatinny rail.
There exist a couple of civilian models, too – the SL8 semi-automatic rifle, and R8 straight-pull bolt-action.
Unlike the G36, these variants have a thumbhole stock, and some models will accept only single-stack 10-round capacity magazines.
H&K also have their eye on American military contracts – and the G36 platform has formed the basis of their proposals for infantry weapon systems.
The XM8 rifle is essentially a dressed-up G36 action, offered for the US Objective Individual Combat Weapon contract in 2003.
However, in 2005 the OICW contract was cancelled, with the XM8 project following suit.
The HK416 was a similar attempt to break the American market, this time competing for the Individual Carbine contract, seeking a replacement for the M4.
Competition is ongoing, and the HK416 remains in the contest – with the rifle’s gas system derived directly from the G36, adapted for use on the AR-15 platform.
The G36’s prevalence reflects its status as a top-tier modern assault rifle: its operation is reliable, its ergonomics keen, and it has sufficient robustness to stand up to general infantry use.
Its depiction in Modern Warfare 3 reflects the platform’s versatility – the MG36 boasts some of the quickest handling in the LMG class, and the G36C is a versatile assault rifle that offers consistent performance at every range.
Should you seek victory, equip this jack of all trades – and master the win.
Thanks for watching, this has been XboxAhoy.
This marks the end of the Weapons of Modern Warfare – for now.
Over the coming weeks I’ll be focusing on finishing the Black Ops weapon guide series, in the run up to Black Ops 2.
Another offering from Peroni, this time – and one that’s much more pleasing to the palate. It’s not the best beer in the world, but it’s a massive step up from Nastro Azzuro.
Not that Nastro Azzuro is bad, of course – I hope I didn’t give you that impression from the last video. It’s a perfectly respectable mainstream lager, perfect on a hot summer’s day – but it lacks any real character, unfortunately.
No pourshot in this episode – but there is a particularly nice ‘wetshot’. It’s always nice to see a tiny quivering rivulet run down the side of a glass. I like these shots – the pourshot, especially, adds a wonderful kinetic element to BGX, although it’s easy to mess up.
Hello, this is DrinksAhoy and this… is Beverage Guide Express.
In this episode, we’re covering Peroni Gran Riserva.
Like Nastro Azzuro, Gran Riserva is an Italian beer.
It’s a strong lager, more refined and with bolder taste than its paler brother.
At 6.6% alcohol by volume, it’s a shade more potent – but still within the realm of quaffability.
Peroni Gran Riserva is manufactured by Birra Peroni, based in Rome, Italy.
The variety is a relatively recent addition to their complement, having been introduced in 1996.
In addition to Gran Riserva and Nastro Azzuro, Peroni also make their original Peroni lager, Peroncino, and Leggera.
Gran Riserva pours a golden amber hue, a shade or two darker than the mainstream variant.
There’s little in the way of head, and only slight carbonation.
Aroma is surprisingly inviting – principally malt, with an almost artificial sweetness.
Initial taste mirrors the nose, with the sweet malts giving way to a tarter barley.
The body is much more rewarding than a typical lager, with a wave of warm treacle as you enter the tail end of the taste.
Gran Riserva shares a similar finish to Nastro Azzuro, with a similar hop bitterness and a familiar metallic aftertaste – but, in the light of the enhanced character and flavour, are muted by comparison.
A much more flavourful variety, Gran Riserva lives up to its name – a pleasant experience, that’s best savoured, like the taste: as slow as molasses.
Thanks for watching, and join me next time for a high-calibre Polish vodka.