ARES Airsoft has a line of H&K G36 AEGs (G36, G36C and G36K) coming soon featuring a new bolt blowback system. This new quick de-activate blowback bolt give a new sense of realism to the G36 airsoft assault rifle with a strong recoil action and many other features enjoyed by real steel G36 owners including a real steel folding stock, real steel barrel locking system and a functional bolt.
No word on price or when these new G36s will hit the market but judging from release schedules on previous ‘coming soon’ products it would not be unreasonable to expect a considerable wait.
Real Steel Info – G36
Heckler & Koch started designing the G36 in 1990, when the Bundeswehr asked them to develop a new weapon system to replace the 1950s vintage 7.62 x 51 mm G3 rifle. Two earlier HK replacements were both rejected in the 1980s, the revolutionary G11 and the more conventional G41.
For their new HK50 (or Project 50), the company borrowed features from a variety of older designs and added a few novel innovations guided by experience with the previous HK36, VP70 and G11. The overall firing system is most similar to the Armalite AR-18 utilizing a gas-operated short-stroke piston and rotating Johnson/Stoner bolt. The diverse origins and new features resulted in a rifle widely recognised as a very reliable weapon. This sort of innovation is not unique; all firearms owe many of their features to previous designs, each adding something of its own.
The G36K (K – kurz or short) carbine has a shorter barrel (fitted with an open-type flash suppressor) and a shorter handguard, which includes a bottom rail that can be used to attach tactical accessories, such as a UTL halogen flashlight from the USP pistol. The carbine’s barrel lacks the capability to launch rifle grenades and it cannot mount a bayonet. The weapon retained the ability to be used with the AG36 grenade launcher. G36Ks in service with German special forces are provided with 100-round C-MAGs.
The G36C (C – Compact) is a further development of the G36K. It has a shorter barrel (than the G36K), and a 4-prong open-type flash suppressor. The use of a reduced length 228 mm barrel forced designers to move the gas block closer to the muzzle end and use a shortened gas piston rod. The handguard and stock were also reduced in length and the fixed carry handle (with optical sights) was replaced with a carry handle with an integrated MIL-STD-1913 Picatinny rail. In place of the dual optical sight found on the regular G36 and G36K, the G36C was equipped with rail-mounted iron sights that consist of a hooded front post and a flip rear aperture. The short handguard has six attachment points, one of which could be used for a vertical foregrip.