List the weapons you have fired or used yourself and please share your experience with the rest of us.
A weapon of many things to critizes hated but also loved by quite a few.
My experience with G-36 is that when zeroed you can hit a group of 10 cm on 300m it does performe well in that regard. I've worked for 1.5 years in logistics (Nachschub) and from experience i know the weapon holds for average of 4 years with few exceptions, the problem comes from the plastic design. As soon there is even a slight crack in the reciever the entire weapon is send back to HK and we recieve a new one. The design is that the barrel is fuzed to the reciever and there are no spare parts to change that, that is an cost issue for Bundeswehr. The Ergonomics of the weapon are to an advantage however i personally dislike the handguard because of a design flaw and from the form of the handguard which is a personal dislike. The problem with the handguard as a design flaw is the weapon overheads and it has raspiration holes on it, but in most situations or for most gunners your hands are either to big so you have to place your fingers near those raspiration/cooling holes so that you can not handle the weapon without gloves or you sacrifice controlibility by holding the weapon less stable, trying to avoid getting your fingers even near the cooling holes. That overheating of course affected the accuracy. Another problem at least as a soldier when you have to clean the weapons after excercises is that the design of the reciever is tight with very sharp plastic notches inside which lead the reciever, several times people have cut themselfs from those notches. The buttstock is very weak and the usual and common practice among soldiers to use the rifle as a ladder to be used to get over a wall or on objects the weight of even 70kg soldier without extra equipment is to much, it constantly breaks the buttstock or most of the time the locking mechanism for the folding buttstock, which slows soldiers down when helping each other over a wall and destroyes the buttstocks.
In my service in logistics (Nachschieber) i had to clean over 1000 rifles every semester of new cadets, since those little shits were dragged out to courses and lectureships, from that i know that the rifle is a bitch to clean even compared to other designs, except what i know from comrades that had to clean Sig-550 from what they told me the G-36 is far easier to clean, meaning it is the queen bitch of weapons to clean.
The G-36 sights are nice feature but kind of selfeleminating purpose. The Red Dot sight was invented so soldiers could acquire targets much quicker than with iron sights, but due the small size of the RDS lense you lose this advantage by trying to find the red dot, which can be countered with extense training which in Bundeswehr no one ever gets except you are already in afghanistan. The sights are very nice to have and are very useful a RDS for targets up to 200m, very accurate when zeroed and easy to hit targets even with poor trigger management and a poor stance and shoulder pressure, sometimes even encouraging to loose up the drill you had how to use a weapon correctly with trigger management, shoulder pressure and correct stance. It also has a mini magnifactor of 3 as a scope which is really nice to have for targets at 200m or beyond, the scope has a 1.7m comperision line to figure out how far away a target is the 1.7m comperision line is to aline soldiers to it and take an assumption if he is 200,400 or 600m away, kind of useful but not once it worked for me in excercises or on shooting ranges.
The P-8 is one of my favorite weapons i could fire. The grip is made of plastic which makes it light weight but due the low weight of the grip the reciever and slide feel heavier than they are, making the weapon feel inbalanced but which reflects almost possitive when firing it, due the reciever weight it is faster to align back on its target. The problem i had experienced is that most people had bigger problems with brand new P-8 pistols than with older pistols, the problem here is that the new pistols have a safety switch that is really hard to unlock when using only one thumb, forcing lot of people to use both thumbs (when holding the weapon with right hand and left hand to assist for stability), this makes it to a disadvantage in close quarters. The design itself is robust and i really loved the drill with others to dissamble it and assamble it. The dissambling of the P-8 is the easiest and quickest thing 2.8 seconds, just get the slide release out (which is the part that holds the reciever and grip together) and than just jerk the parts out of the reciever.
The MG-3 is a beauty and a beast, compared to other 7.62mm it has a higher recoil based on its design. The MG-3 is based on MG-42 which had a 7.92x57mm calibre with higher recoil and due this cartridge the mass breechblock (not sure how the actual english terminology is for that kind of blow backs) was optimized for that bullet, since the 7,62 NATO has less recoil it needed a Recoil razer, which is a barrel part of the rifle.
The recoil razer jerks inside, whenever the gun is firing and the barrel moves slightly forward and the recoil razer bumps against it so the barrel itself jerks the mass breechblock violantly backwards giving it additional recoil that is needed to move the mass breechblock. After firing more than 50 rounds of it you start that numb feeling on your shoulder with later getting bruises, so it is really recommended to wear a vest when firing it. The weapon itself handles superbly up to 600-800m the grouping spreads but stay close enough to cover a 2-4 men soldiers with short bursts.
There is a little story to tell, we had a cool OFw (Seargant) that wasn't as strict as most so we had a MG-3 in our group when we had excercise in the field with our blue plastic blank cartridges. We had the excercise to check a village for illegal weapons with locals (which others of us simulated) and they were resistant to let us sniff around. We tried to figure out where weapons could have been hidden and since our comrades were playing the locals they were jerks to us just for giggles, so both sides were getting heated up, since all of us wanted action. After a while we found out someone is locked in the little outhouse (the outhouse a little toilette wasn't part of the simulated buildings) and since our group leader was horrible at arguing with one of the locals elders and he just maneuvered himself in an unending loop of bad arguments so our MG3 gunner was bored and just run up to the outhouse and at this point i have to mention that this door kicker with the MG3, that he was stupid as 10m track across the fields (how we use to say), he only knows one problem solver being a hammer (MG3) in this case he just kicked in the door without a word and then just fired all of his 50 blank rounds into this little toilette house were a Uffz (Corporal i think) was taking a dump. He just cursed and screamed towards all of us, good thing was that it was just a Corporal.
I fired it at JMTC of US base. The ergonomics are very nice, nicely balanced but it was kind of flimsy even compared to our plastic G-36. Soemthing on the inside rattled when you were shaking the weapon.
Could fire only 20 rounds only so we had not really much time to get used to it or have more time to practice with it.
My favorite weapon from that day next to Sig550. The M-249 is like a puppy born to be hold in hands and wants to be petted. The design little bit to my dislike but it works and handles well, it is heavier than you might expect from a Mini MG version, it is steady and fires relative accurate, not so accurate like the MG3 what i could observe but i managed to shoot my Expert certificate of foreign weapons. But one thing i hate about americans how they handle the weapons, they drown the weapons in oil and when you than fire the weapons it is a disgusting biting smell which reminds you of oxidized metal and iron dust. Unfortunatley we were not allowed to fire the weapon from Standing position, other jerks that day pissed off the safety personal with ramob actions so they banned it.
I very much dislike this weapon till this date. It has a design that actually has something to it for with the safety right on the trigger, meaning it unlocks when you fire, the problem i had with it lika few others is that when squeezing the trigger and safety at the same time it jerks the gun from squeezing. 20 rounds and only 1 round hit the target, i would be swiss cheese if had to use this weapon for self defense.
Beauty, to fire, to handle to coz your cheek against its buttstock. A mans weapon, steel reciever and handguard felt just like it should unbreakable and nicely formed for the hand, the buttstock was very firm and felt like you can step on it to raise someone over a wall unlike plastic G-36. When firing it you feel much loader and intenser shock, very powerful for 5.56mm. I only dislike the peep hole sights, i prefer open sights like on MG's or AK's or RDS when there is that option. The design itself is very nice, not really practical with G36 but it already feels like a real weapon and you could smash an orcs skull with it unlike with the G36. It was very accurate despite my lack of practice with the sights. It has an integrated bipod that is verywell fitted in the handguard, a weapon i would choose over G-36 anyday.
AK-47/74 of Czech arsenal.
Not much to say to it, they were born for my hands, especially the AK-74, it feels like arms extention, the wooden handguard and stock felt just right, firm, cozy and had good grip to hold and when necessary i would feel safe enough to it in CQC even against a sword (at least i feel like it could be of good use for it ). The 47 was very nice to shoot in doubletts but you feeled the power behind the 7.62mm and you feeled like the breechblock. The 74 was lovely to controll with its muzzle break and short cartidge it was easy to control, easier than G36. I felt like i could sleep anyday with an 47 in my bed. An assault rifle i would choose anyday over any other. It is fast dissambled and assambled, few parts and you need only one single time to dissamble and assamble it to know how it works.
Carl Gustaf M96
The Schweden Mauser, a powerful cartridge and a damn expensive one like i had to figure out, damn 1.5-2 euro per round. I fired it at shooting range with few reservists. The rifle peforms well, but it was an older almost woren out model which sights were not steady, meaning after each shoot you had to move the horizontal allignement back, it was a version with relative modern sights on an older rifle, but the sights were old by themselfs. Powerful cartridge was surely a round you would not want to be fired at you even behind a brick wall. Not much to say there the rounds were expensive and i did not fell like buying more than 10 rounds.
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