The Heckler & Koch G36 is a 5.56×45mm assault rifle, designed in the early 1990s by Heckler & Koch (H&K) in Germany as a replacement for the heavier 7.62mm G3 battle rifle. It was accepted into service with the Bundeswehr in 1995, replacing the G3. The G36 is gas-operated and feeds from a 30-round translucent detachable box magazine or a 100-round C-Mag drum magazine.
The G36 appears in Battlefield 2 in three models: C, E, and K.
The G36C is the Tier One unlock for the Special Forces kit in Battlefield 2. It possesses a fairly low spread and moderate damage, coupled with an average rate of fire and average reload time. Like the QBZ-97, it is one of the few carbines which lacks an optic.
The G36K is a weapon featured in Battlefield 2: Special Forces, issued to the SAS Special Forces kit. Like most of the carbines, the G36K possesses fairly low spread and recoil, with a thirty-round magazine, fair rate of fire, and moderate damage.
Statistically, the weapon performs nearly identically to the G36C, with identical recoil and near-identical spread (the K variant has slightly inferior proned spread -- 0.015 higher zoomed and 0.02 higher unzoomed), but slightly higher damage. However, the K variant is capable of a three-round-burst mode which the C variant lacks.
Unlike the G36C, the G36E only has semi-automatic and three-round-burst fire modes, whereas the G36C has the Semi-Automatic and Fully Automatic fire modes and the G36K possesses three-round-burst and full-auto firemodes.
The G36C is a carbine featured in Battlefield 3.
The G36C is unlocked after achieving 110,000 Engineer score. It has very average stats for a carbine, featuring a reasonably controllable recoil, average accuracy, and a typical carbine damage profile (25 to 14.3). Although it is controllable, the accuracy past 50m combined with the average fire rate and low damage makes it inferior to assault rifles and long range optimized carbines like the ACW-R and the SCAR-H.
At closer ranges, the G36C has good handling traits, losing little accuracy on the move, and performing good as far as hip-fire, giving it an edge over assault rifles with similar fire rates. But, the 750 RPM fire rate will lose battles against higher rate of fire weapons such as the AEK-971, FAMAS, and the MTAR.
The G36C has bulky iron sights, which are out of focus. A large portion of peripheral vision is cut out, and the sight hole is small. This combined with the rather large front post make optics a preferable choice if desiring to use the G36C at range as the iron sights practically create a big blind spot at range. The holographic sight provides a good balance between zoom and accuracy, and the red dot sight specializing in close engagements.
The G36C is a carbine in Battlefield 4 and was first seen in the killfeed of the Battlefield 4: "Paracel Storm" Multiplayer Trailer.
The G36C is unlocked by completing the Bronze assignment in Kunlun Mountains by obtaining 5,000 points. It is equipped with a Tri Beam Laser, Muzzle Brake and Potato Grip. It features a Flecktarn Urban finish.
The G36C plays differently from its Battlefield 3 counterpart, having one of the highest stability statistics of the carbines, but lacking in rate of fire. Because of this, the G36C has trouble at closer ranges and is best used at medium ranges. Long range combat is also feasible if the right attachments are equipped and the weapon's rate of fire is controlled with burst fire.
The G36C's stability can be increased further using the Muzzle Brake or the Compensator, and the Angled Grip or the Folding Grip. As an alternative, one could increase accuracy using the Heavy Barrel and the Stubby Grip or Potato Grip at the cost of some stability.
The G36C is a weapon featured in Battlefield Hardline.
It is a purchasable weapon for the Operator kit for the Law Enforcement faction. It has significantly less horizontal spread than the other available Assault Rifles and Carbines. By default, the G36C is equipped with Holographic Sight. It has the lowest damage of all carbines but to balance this it has a very easily controlled recoil.
- The real-life G36 has a translucent magazine to enable seeing how many shots are still left, though, in each of its in-game appearances, the G36's magazine was either opaque or had fixed cartridges inside.
- The G36C has markings on the side of the weapon including 'KH G36c' and rather bizarrely 'cal. 6mm BB' and 'ELECTRIC AIR GUN', suggesting the weapon was probably modeled after an airsoft replica instead of the actual carbine.
- The G36C appears on the Mechanic Unlocked Patch, despite it being an Operator weapon.
- During the Open Beta, the G36C was originally a Criminal weapon, but was switched to Law Enforcement following the Beta, with Criminals instead getting the M416. This was probably due to Law Enforcement having access to both the M16A3 and M416, which were similarly functioning high-rate of fire weapons, while the Criminal rifles were mostly slower firing and higher damaging. The switch helped balance out the discrepancy between the two faction's weapons.