Our take: Heckler & Koch, most famously known for their "No Compromise" approach to firearms design and manufacturing, has released a fully licensed ELITE Airsoft version of the modernized G36 KV tactical carbine, with a folding and fully extendable/ retractable stock and an integrated 3x fixed magnification scope. Likewise, ARES, a Hong Kong-based cutting edge manufacturer of Airsoft guns, is at the forefront of the Airsoft industry, with a wide line of high quality, high performance Airsoft AEGs.
When two industry leaders converge to create a single product, results are typically excellent, to say the very least. And this fully licensed and trademarked H&K / ARES G36 KV ELECTRIC BLOWBACK tactical assault carbine, with a rugged fiber polymer body and an ultra high-performance full metal gearbox, is no exception. This modernized model of the H&K G36 is currently used by the German military. ARES and H&K have successfully collaborated to manufacture quite possibly one of the BEST G36 style AEGs currently on the market, with one of the most realistic and hard kicking electric blowback recoil systems available! Due to the joint partnership of H&K and ARES, the NEW G36 KV AEG has unrivaled realistic and fully licensed trademarks from H&K placed prominently on the AEG's receiver, adding an authentic look not commonly found on G36 style AEGs!
The H&K G36 KV Elite's gearbox is equipped with high-performance 8mm steel ball bearings and reinforced high-speed gears. Coupled to the high-torque motor installed from the factory, this AEG shoots about 900 rounds per minute with an 8.4v mini battery, and OVER 1,000 ROUNDS PER MINUTE with a 9.6v mini. Power peaks at about 390 FPS with 0.20g BBs, though we averaged about 386 FPS while test firing with GoldenBall 0.20g BBs.
The G36 KV also features a 3x zoom scope that has been integrated into the factory-original sighting system for maximum shooting accuracy. The zoom scope provides a 3x fixed magnification for hard to see targets and objects -- a useful feature that is sure to enhance your game both on and off the field. Combined with its powerful motor/gearbox set-up, this scope is sure to please even the most hardcore Airsoft player.
The rear stock is fully modernized with both folding and retractable features, and is solidly constructed with no wobble what so ever. With the rear stock folded, the G36 KV quickly becomes a compact CQB rifle perfect for clearing areas in a close quarters environment. The G36 KV, however, was specifically made for longer-range shooting with its extended-length carbine precision inner barrel. An adjustable rear sight guarantees shot accuracy; during our own testing, we found this G36 KV to be amazingly accurate, even at distances of over 75 feet, with a maximum effective range north of 150 feet.
A 430rd high capacity magazine is included providing you with an almost endless supply of ammunition from a single magazine. The included magazine also features interlocking tabs to attach other G36 mags directly to the magazine, minimizing reload time!
The realistic blowback function seems to really be the finishing touch to this amazing AEG. Not only is it efficient in nature, it also adds dramatic realism to the rifle itself, as the bolt kicks back after each shot, much like the open & close action of the ejection port on a real G36 KV! The charging handle can also be pulled to the rear for quick and easy hop-up adjustment.
Note: Contrary to the misinformation provided on numerous other retail websites, THIS MODEL IS MANUFACTURED BY ARES, NOT KWA. This product is manufactured in Hong Kong, NOT Taiwan.
Battery and charger are NOT included. An 8.4v mini battery (NiMH) will get you started, or you can opt for the 7.4v mini LiPO (Lithium Polymer) Battery for EXTRA ROF (rate of fire). A standard NiMH battery smart charger is also needed to charge your 8.4v battery, and a SPECIAL LiPO Smart Charger is REQUIRED to charge LiPO battery packs, so make sure to get the right charger if you do not already own one yet.
Operation: Electric Automatic
Build/Body: Ultra durable fiber polymer body with full metal internals
Firing Modes: Semi-automatic and Full-automatic
Gearbox: Full metal, 8mm bearings with reinforced metal high-speed gears
Overall Length: 34.5"; 25.5" with rear stock folded
Barrel Length: 15.7"
Magazine Capacity: 430 Rounds Hi-Cap magazine included
Caliber: 6mm Airsoft BB
Velocity: 428-438 FPS with 0.20 gram BBs
Rate of Fire: 900 RPM with 8.4v battery, 1000+ RPM with 7.4v LiPO battery
Weight: 6.7 lbs.
Power: 8.4V NiMh Battery
Ammo type: Seamless 0.20g or heavier (0.23g, 0.25g, 0.26g, 0.28g, etc) BBs. For maximum performance and accuracy, Airsoft Megastore recommends GoldenBall ProSlick BBs which carry perfect spherical consistency and density, available at Airsoft Megastore for the lowest price on the market, guaranteed.
Package contents: Rifle, hi-cap magazine (430rd), manual