H&K G36 Friday Field Strip

The H&K G36 is a rifle shrouded in controversy, and to many American shooters, mystery. They are not common in the country but have made appearances in countless video games and movies. So what makes this German wonder tick? Well, let’s have a look!

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The full transcript …

– Hey guys this is Alex C. with TFBTV, and today’s field trip is going to be of the H&K G36.

On the top is actually an SL8 converted properly, with the plastic welding and everything.

I’ve done an article about this I can link to.

But the bottom one is the real deal.

That’s going to be a factory G36KE.

“E” standing for export.

The G36K has a 12 1/2 inch barrel, as opposed to the long rifle barrel of the regular G36 or the G36E.

And it is a handsome rifle I think.

I’ve always thought the G36 rifles looked really cool, especially with that fancy dual optic that I have on the SL8 conversion.

They also have a really nice folding stock that makes it really short, very nice and portable.

But let’s get to it and field strip it.

First thing you’re going to want to do is make sure it’s clear.

I had the bolt to the rear already and inspected the chamber manually.

Push out the rear takedown pin.

HK loves their takedown pins.

These are just like G3’s.

There’s also one located on the magazine well.

And you can store these in the holes on the stock, which is nice.

Then your pistol grip comes right out.

You can even change these to a single fire pistol grip.

A two round burst pistol grip.

Or a three round burst, full auto, what have you.

Then press the magazine tab all the way out, and rotate the magazine well.

You can even swap a STANAG magazine well if you want to run M16 magazines.

Then your going to fold the stock over.

Now there is a plate on the rear that actually retains the bolt group.

Push it in and pull it out and that has your recoil spring and buffer.

Then your free to remove the bolt and carrier all the way out of the rear.

Slides really nicely, really nicely, yeah like butter right from the rear of the rifle.

Now to access the gas system there’s another pin located on the front right under the front sight.

Pull that out and store it with your other two pins that hopefully you stored in your buttstock instead of lost in the sand or the grass, what have you.

And you can pull out your forend and there’s your operating rod and piston.

All and all not to bad to get to this point.

So let’s go ahead and get the gas system taken down.

Not to hard here, you’re gonna wrestle with the spring on the op rod.

Set it aside, and then pull out the piston.

Really easy to do this, very simple gas system.

Not to hard, just don’t let your piston roll off the table and lose it.

Now to do the bolt group you’ll notice there’s a firing pin, retaining pin, that runs across.

I use the piston tip here to push out that retaining pin.

And then when you remove your firing pin, your cam pin will also fall out.

So set those down and then you’re free to remove your bolt.

I’d like to add that the bolt’s surface, be that chroming or whatever, makes it really nice and soft in there, very, very slick.

So there’s your fully field stripped G36.

I would say no harder than M16, AR15.

Very easy, couple small bits that you can possibly lose if you let them roll off the table or something like that.

You know these rifles are shrouded in controversy right now with the German government.

However there does seem to be a little bit of vindication with a report release just recently where they interviewed two hundred soldiers and they all were very satisfied with this weapon.

My personal experiences with it have all been positive.

And lord knows I’ve actually shot the heck out of it.

Check out our G36 torture test video, if you’d like to see that.

Anyways, I’m Alex C. with TFBTV.

Thank you very much for watching.

Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


  • mosinman

    “German wonder”

  • Lance

    Nothing wrong with it. Just German politics and money at play.

  • SnakeEater-0317

    My first post has been redacted, for good reason. PC UCSD! I will say this. Angela Merkel has done a great job taking Germany into the future. Sharia is good for the people.

    Heckler and Coke? Not so much. Angela has ‘personally’ told me (via NSA) that (in regards to the G-36) the polymer rusts easily, the ammo belts can fall apart during prolonged travel, they barrels will melt after two magazines at the cyclic causing the rifle to hold .5 MOA groups at 100 yards, which is less than ideal.

    Effective immediately, German paratroopers are to outfitted with surplus 98s given to them by the American people, after they purchased them from the Israelis who were, of course given them post second W. Everything comes full circle, making this the most legit and most awesomely righteous gun-buy back program in history.

    P.S. Sorry about that bent bolt handle and sporterized stock Fritz.

    • KestrelBike

      Cocaine… is a helluva drug?

    • Porty1119

      Wherever you’re getting the drugs from, I suggest you stop.

      • G0rdon_Fr33man

        Whatever he´s having, I´ll take some. It´s saturday after all!

      • displacer

        Dude seems to be having fun, I won’t begrudge him that

      • Giolli Joker

        He’s eating hallucinogenic snakes…

    • Don Ward

      Looks like I picked the wrong week to stop sniffing glue.

  • quasi

    melting gun

  • mechamaster

    I’m curious, It is possible for civilian to own the G36C version, the most compact version ?

  • BattleshipGrey

    The G36 was the first full auto gun I’ve ever shot. It was a blast (pun intended). I really like the location and ambidexterity of the charging handle. Like I’ve said in other posts, I love HK products, but they’re out of my monetary league.

  • sirlovealot

    As a German shooter, I sometimes find it hard to understand America’s fascination with HK. I’ll admit that the G36 has a sleek look but from my experience it’s far from a Wunderwaffe: Bad factory optic, rail way too high above the bore, proprietary magazines and most of all dubious accuracy. I will always prefer the AR platform.

    Same with pistols: My first pistol was a USP Expert and it suffers from many of the same problems. Heavy recoil for a 9mm (high bore line), expensive proprietary magazines, tiny aftermarket, rough factory trigger and very susceptible to random flyers. Nowadays I shoot a Glock and couldn’t be happier.

    I guess it’s a case of “The grass is always greener on the other side”. 😉

    • Nicks87

      I feel about the same. I think H&K makes decent stuff but it’s just not my cup of tea.

    • mosinman

      i don’t get it either.

    • G0rdon_Fr33man

      Hmm… As for the USP expert, are you sure the ammo is good? Randon flyers from the Expert is not something I´ve heard about…

      As for the G36, I don´t get it either. But the 416 is great.

    • Giolli Joker

      Personally, my fascination is on roller-delayed guns and the P7, everything done in recent years doesn’t appeal me that much.

      • iksnilol

        What about the 416? Seal Team Six up in this shiznit! We T-zoning so bad, Cholera is jealous cuz of our mad headshots. Connect to Skynet cause we be Terminators!

        Eh, screw it. Way outta my budget :/

        • Giolli Joker

          To me, just another boring AR.
          It might be one of the best piston driven ones, but I find nothing exciting in it.
          I’m no operator, in general guns to intrigue me need to have some peculiar mechanical, if not ballistic, features.

          • iksnilol

            I know, I am not attracted to it either. For my use, an AKM from the Soviet Union does the same job.

            Though I am interested in the MSBS thingy from Poland. An SG 553 is a more realistic alternative though.

          • Esh325

            The Sig rifles have always interested me too. They seemed like in a lot of ways the perfect rifle. Very accurate, and AK like reliability. The problem is though they are VERY expensive.

          • Esh325

            Op rod M16’s/M4’s have been around for a long time, but none of them have the usage and success the HK416 has.

          • Giolli Joker

            I don’t think I’ve denied it in any way.
            I understand the HK416’s qualities, I’ve just expressed my very own opinion, that refers exclusively to the level of attractiveness that the rifle has on me.

    • Don Ward


    • Esh325

      Most g36s today are fitted with a 1913 rail that can use any optic today. I suppose the reason why they designed a new magazine was for reliability reasons. The m16 magazine was never known as the most reliable magazine design, and besides they make mag well conversion for the g36 that takes m16 magazines. What problems exactly arise from the rail being high above the bore? As far as accuracy goes I never fired one, but inaccurate is not what I’ve heard people say about the g36

      • I have actually heard that a lot, among a ton of other criticisms….

        …all from people who have never shot a g36.

  • Isaac Newton

    Thanks for posting this. Tho the HK is mechanically simple I feel like field stripping the AR only has like about 5/4 parts you can misplace/forget where they go, the HK seems to have more parts. Probably matters only if you are a chuckle head.

  • HKGuns

    I guess I’m the only one who see’s the FN SCAR as more or less a blatant, inferior, copy of the G36. The G36 was introduced in ’93ish and was copied by FN in 2008.

    Inferior for obvious reasons. -Gas system -Charging handle etc…..The SCAR does have the advantage of 15 years of rail advances.