The HK G36 is dead. Long live the G36! German Police buys it.

Eric B
by Eric B

Following the terror attacks in Frankfurt, Hanover, Würzburg, Ansbach and Berlin it is clear that more and more of the regional German Police Forces are getting reinforcements in terms of 5,56×45 mm carbines.

Obviously, they’re getting other passive and active training and equipment, but we focus on the firearm.

TFB has already reported about several German Police forces getting the Haenel CR223 rifle in semi-automatic.

You can argue all you want about which handgun caliber is the best, 9 mm, .10 mm or .45.

The battle in Europe is that the 9×19 mm carbines like the HK MP5 are not enough, and that the 5,56×45 caliber is needed for the new challenges of terrorism.

It is now time for the Police in Schleswig-Holstein (Northern Germany, Hamburg / Kiel area) to get Heckler & Koch G36 Cs.

The goal is is that Police officers should be able to react faster and better to possible terrorist attacks, and the HK G36s are primarily for the special units.

According to the source, the area will have 522 G36Cs in addition to the current 941 HK MP5s and 140 (obsolete) HK G3s. The thought is that there should be one HK G36 in every Mercedes-Vito Police car.

The estimated total cost for this investment is about two million euros, and the decision is described as very controversial.

We don’t discuss the political background, but it’s worth noting that some individuals didn’t like the “militarization” of the Police and that there was no need to equip “every Police car”. Rifles like the G36 should be reserved for the Special Forces.

In any case, the G36s are about to get bought and the money for the G36 investment has been provided by the regional government in the 2017 budget.

If the G36Cs will have full-auto or semi-auto only is not known, I am sure Heckler & Koch can provide both.

For the record, the French unit BAC got the HK G36 recently as well. Source:


If my understanding is correct, one of the local politicians, Stefan Studt, has said that the Police is not getting the same controversial version of the HK G36 as the German Army is using, but a much shorter version. I buy that the “C” version is shorter, but that it would a be less controversial choice? No.

Funny enough, the German Police Haenel CR223s I’ve seen have been equipped with EOTech sights.

Eric B
Eric B

Ex-Arctic Ranger. Competitive practical shooter and hunter with a European focus. Always ready to increase my collection of modern semi-automatics, optics, thermals and suppressors. TCCC Certified. Occasionaly seen in a 6x6 Bug Out Vehicle, always with a big smile.

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  • Kivaari Kivaari on Jan 16, 2017

    Why would the police want old G36 rifles when they can buy new G36 carbines and get what they want. Buying new gives them a better ability to track what each gun has been used. Would you want a used rifle when you want a carbine. Would you prefer to have everything start off as new so that repairs would be fewer and likely delayed for decades over rifles that have been around the block. It's like buying used MP5s from a police department. Just how many rounds were through the guns before they were declared surplus?

    • User User on Jan 16, 2017

      @Kivaari 100% Correct. And you would also need to reconfiqure them, diffrent gasport position, diffrent barrel, diffrent stock, etc.

  • Glenn cheney Glenn cheney on Jan 17, 2017

    Germans seem to have found some urgency for helmets and new platforms and they are domestic not gearing up for NATO.
    Why? Certainly all is love and flowers in Europe, why the sudden rush?
    The Russians aren't coming, nothing they need or want in germany, esp. Herr Merkel.

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    • Glenn cheney Glenn cheney on Jan 17, 2017

      @User Duhhh....It was a rhetorical comment/question.
      Your lack of understanding bemueses.
      You made my point. So, lol, why the need for the popo?