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SRC/TSD G36 Gen.II Review
Real Steel History
“Increasing interest in Germany for a modern 5.56 mm weapon platform led HK to offer the German armed forces the G41 rifle, which too was rejected. Design work was then initiated on a modern 5.56 mm assault rifle, designated “Project 50” or HK50.
The G36 is selective fire gas-operated weapon that uses burnt powder gases from the barrel, bled through a port near the muzzle to provide automation to the moving assembly; it fires from a closed bolt. The G36 jams so rarely that HK has said that they have a G36K that has been fired more than 25,000 rounds without cleaning and no failures. “
Taken from HKpro.com and Wikipedia.org.
My birthday was coming up, and I needed a new gun, so bargaining to my parents that I would pay half of the cost. Off to ASGI I was to order, and ASGI being at least $70 cheaper than most US retailers. The total came to less than the gun cost at $155 (Aided by a Free Shipping Coupon and a $5 off coupon). Shipping took a good while as ASGI gave the package to UPS about 2 days after ordering, and UPS didn’t ship until 3 days after receiving the package.
Upon arrival of the Package, about 2 weeks after
ordering, I opened the box up to reveal a smaller than expected box. On it was a red background with the G36 pictured in use by 2 operatives, and showing the specifications. Inside was the G36, stock folded, 2 magazines, a Black replacement G36 Flash Hider, some product booklets, a manual, and a little box of BBs, all packaged in eggshell style foam. Though making the G36 fit into the foam would have made it much more secure, nothing was damaged during shipment.
Upon lifting the weapon out of the box, I noticed it was quite hefty, at a good 7~8 lbs. The material used for the receiver is that of the CA’s G36 line, glass fiber, though the SRC’s is glossier than the CA’s flat back receiver. The charging handle is made out of metal, albeit a high zinc content alloy, but more than enough for its intended purpose. The Stock attaches to the receiver at a single point, not as hardy as the CA’s double attachment points, and a rubber butt pad fixed on the end.
Carry handle sports a 3x~3.5x scope, standard crosshairs, not very good eye relief (Eye Relief is bad on Real Steel Hensoldt and Export Scopes), nothing fancy, and also features a Rail on top to allow the attachment of various red dots and reflex sites, I chose to attach an AMP Reflex site.
Magazine well is of a different design than other G36 magazine wells; It has no feeding tube because of the design of the All Metal Hop-Up. To allow the use of a STANAG Magazine well converter, one will need to file down the feed tube on the magazine well, or buy a TM/CA/JG Hop-Up Unit.
Foregrip has the expected nightmare, only allowing the installment of only one type of battery, a “Chain” battery. I have no clue to if it’s compatible with G36 Bi-Pods from CA, Star, and other brands. Barrel Assembly is metal with a plastic shell covering only the middle section. Due to that, the barrel sways to the right on some guns. I don’t know if this hinders accuracy, as I immediately replaced it with my CA barrel assembly. Outer barrel is made out of machined Aluminum, and is a nice flat back. Flash Hider is different to most, if not all, other flash hiders that I’ve seen. It uses a “Ratcheting” system, instead of a grub screw, and is also a nice flat black. The bayonet lug is compatible with the M16 plastic bayonets, and is secured by a grub screw.
The Magazines aren’t very good build wise, as mentioned above, as the locking tabs broke after locking the 2 together for the first time. They feed very nicely, and I can get through most of the magazine with a full wind.
Ok, since I think I covered the External features well enough, on to the Internals. First off, I think SRC did a wonderful job on the Gearbox. The SRC Gearbox shell is a nice silver color, indicating a high Aluminum content.
SRC uses a different wiring system than other brands, as there are no contacts on the outside of the GB, lowering resistance, heat, and making less susceptible to arching, and also rendering a Selector plate(Which is made of Blue Plastic) useful only to move the cut-off lever.
The motor is of fairly good quality, maybe slightly better than an EG1000 or Turbo 3000; the magnets are very strong, though not as strong as a Systema Magnum, but not far away. It’s labeled as “High Torque”, but provides the gun a very nice ROF, but it was obviously made for Torque when I downgraded the spring, as ROF didn’t change much.
Inside, the Gears are of good quality, better than my CA’s, have an acceptable amount of grease (I cleaned some of anyways), and are shimmed VERY nicely. The gears were also equipped with Metal Bushings. At a game, I was told how quiet it cycled from about 5~15 Ft (2m~6m) away.
The Tappet plate and Air Nozzle are made of the same plastic as the Selector plate, and seem to be of good quality.
The Cylinder is painted blue, and the Cylinder head is made of blue plastic. Piston and Piston head are made of black plastic as well, with a green O-Ring. Spring is at my estimate to be an M100~110 equivalent, because the gun chronoed at around 350 FPS.
Spring Guide is made of HORRIBLE Orange plastic, highly recommended to be removed ASAP.
Hop-Up unit is made of Metal, and looks to be a hybrid of an M4/M16 Hop-Up and G36 Hop-up. It features a feed tube, which explains the lack of one on the Magazine well. I would suggest replacing the Bucking with a better one, but it does its job. Adjustment drum is a bit difficult to move. With .25’s, range is a good 200’ (About 61m), and while I don’t accuracy tests, groupings seem pretty good for the barrel diameter (Suspected 6.08).
While this gun has a few niggles, what gun doesn’t. While the externals are very nice, the Barrel Assembly leaves a bit to be desired. Internals are very good, much better than my CA’s, aside from that damned Spring Guide. A nice Tightbore and Bucking would certainly compliment this fine rifle, and with stock range, could make a nice base for a DMR or LMG. For $160 at ASGI, it’s an excellent buy.
Overall, I’d rate this weapon solid 8.5~9/10. The SRC/TSD Gen. II would be a good choice for the newbie and seasoned Airsofter alike.
Metal Charging Handle
Rail on the Carry Handle
Orange Spring Guide
Plastic Barrel Assembly can Cause Barrel to Drift
“A” score for this gun.
Time for some Pictures.