Broń i Amunicja posted to their Facebook page pictures of two of the early H&K prototypes that led to the G36, originally called “HK50”. The posts, and photos, are embedded below:

The G36 is currently embroiled in controversy, as the von der Leyen-led Ministry of Defense insists the rifle is critically flawed, but the truth may be more complicated.

We have covered the G36 controversy extensively, beginning as things began to heat up, the release of a damning report by the Ernst Mach Institute, H&K’s defense, the German Defense Minister’s condemnation of the rifle, the cover-up scandal, to Lithuania’s withdrawal from G36 procurement. We even tested a G36 for ourselves, to see if we could replicate the accuracy issues.


  • Tom

    So I guess HK had to change the looks from the prototype after Hi-Point sued for trade dress infringement.

  • dshield55

    They’re gorgeous.

    • G0rdon_Fr33man

      Kraut space magic!

  • I’m not sure if I’m seeing this correctly, but it looks like the magazines had divots in the side so that they could be press-fit together like a coupler, similar to the way the Butler Creek 25rd 10/22 mags “jungle clip” together.

    If so that’s a pretty neat feature.

    • Anonymoose

      That’s how all G36/XM8 mags are (except for the Pmags). That was one thing the US military didn’t like about the XM8, since we haven’t had coupled mags as part of our doctrine since the M1 Carbine.

      • Thomas Weißhuhn

        I think its rather useless since it likely gets stuck + it makes them ertremely wide. Guess if you need to go “jungle clip” you rather have regular mags taped together.

        • Anonymoose

          Or the Maglink things like Magpul makes, Lancer couplers, etc.

          • Thomas Weißhuhn

            They look nice indeet but it wont be suitable for the german armed forces because they look like a simple solution for a simple task and thats not the way german engeniering works 😉

  • AJ187

    Should change the name of the blog to thehkfirearmblog some days. Some pretty interesting prototypes out of them over the years though.

  • ZF

    Wonder what the general reaction was to the HK50 when it was first unveiled? Cause seeing these all those years ago might have made my little mind freak-out while going “COOOOOL”.

  • Anonymoose

    Ah, the wonders of the 1990s…