POTD: Prototype HK50 Rifles

Nathaniel F
by Nathaniel F

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.

Nathaniel F
Nathaniel F

Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. He can be reached via email at nathaniel.f@staff.thefirearmblog.com.

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  • ZF ZF on Oct 15, 2015

    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 Anonymoose on Oct 15, 2015

    Ah, the wonders of the 1990s...