G36 I am not familiar with. NOW the basic assault rifle as carried by the common German soldier.and UNRELIABLE SO IS THE REPUTATION.
"German Soldiers Don’t Trust Their Battle Rifle"
"G36 has a reputation for unreliability"
"In 2009, the Bundeswehr boosted its operations in Afghanistan. Soldiers talked about their G36s overheating in Afghanistan’s hot summers. But there was no hard evidence of that happening."
"This changed on Good Friday in 2010, during the most intensive skirmish involving German troops since World War II—a firefight that left three paratroopers dead. For 10 hours, the paratroopers fought off a Taliban ambush in the Char Darrah district, together firing 28,000 rounds."
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"Helmet-camera footage and eyewitness accounts of the fight prove that the G36s overheated. Soldiers had to let them cool down before they would operate properly again."
The G36 has that drum magazine as an option. Allows the weapon to be used in the selective fire mode as a squad level automatic weapon. But does it also have a bayonet lug?
CAN'T ANYONE BUILD AN EFFECTIVE AND RELIABLE ASSAULT RIFLE? IF THE GERMAN CANNOT DO IT, WHO CAN?
Instantly I am thinking of the English SA80 and the problems as associated with that weapon. Jams in the dusty and sandy environment of Afghan. Then improvements were made and STILL IT JAMMED! Or the American M-16 in Vietnam and all the various problems as were encountered with the weapon during that conflict.
Let me think about this a second or two. Maybe just equip everyone with an AK and that is that?
Perhaps I speak facetiously and am out of line but not excessively so!
P.S.: For some reason a mere editing has caused this blog entry to re-posted as NEW! It is not!