H&K G36 Friday Field Strip

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

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
Steve Johnson

I founded TFB in 2007 and over 10 years worked tirelessly, with the help of my team, to build it up into the largest gun blog online. I retired as Editor in Chief in 2017. During my decade at TFB I was fortunate to work with the most amazing talented writers and genuinely good people!

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  • Isaac Newton Isaac Newton on Nov 07, 2015

    Thanks for posting this. Tho the HK is mechanically simple, field stripping the AR only has about 4-5 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 HKGuns on Nov 10, 2015

    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.