I just received this in the mail today. Prior to owning this I had a CA36C which functioned well for about two years until I had it upgraded. Then it all went to hell. Rather than buying a completely new weapon platform, I bought another G36 variant. This style really caught my eye and the description sold me.
Firstly, I have not yet fired this airsoft gun. The components necessary for it to function are currently in the mail. This will be an external overview of the 36 and later when I've had a chance to fire it, I'll do a follow up review. I did however, order an upgrade when I ordered this, so I will not be able to comment on stock performance.
This rifle is pretty solid. It has a lot more metal parts than the CA version. External metal parts are as follow: Flash hider, barrel shroud, bayonet lug, front sling mount, side, top and bottom RIS rails (NOT the carrying handle RIS), charging handle and follower, magazine release, trigger, fire selector and stock-fold button. The rest of the rifle is comprised of a seemingly high quality fiberglass/polymer material.
Essentially, this is a G36K with a G36C carrying handle, some extra rails, and a KV stock. So far, my only complaints have to do with some loose parts... Most notably the stock. The KV stock DOES NOT lock into place when folded. However, since this rifle is fairly useless with a folded stock, it's not a problem for me. The pin on the hinge that holds the stock onto the frame of the rifle can be easily pushed out by hand and slides around by itself more than I'd like it to. The magazine seats nicely into the mag well, but it is also a bit flimsy. The front sling mount also has some wiggle to it. On a completely opposite note, the charging handle is extremely stiff. It gets stuck when pulled to the rear and has to be forced forward. Lube should help... Just don't have any at the moment.
The stock is really nice. Even fully extended it is pretty solid. It has a slight looseness to it, but nothing that would interfere during a game. In order to install the battery, you must pull down on the extension lever of the stock and pull it completely off to put the battery inside. This rifle comes with a large connector as stated in the description and the wiring looks to be well done. The fire selector affirms its position with a resounding click when moved (unlike the CA). Although not pictured, this rifle also comes with iron sights. They're nothing special, but they're there if the crap hits the fan. They fold down into the carrying handle rail. Lastly for externals, the barrel shroud is threaded and can be spun off of the barrel.
- Solid construction overall
- Metal parts in key stress areas
- TONS of rail space
- Atheistically pleasing
- Very detailed
- Loose external parts as described above.
No major external cons what-so-ever.