H&K Semi-Auto G36 Coming Soon to the Civilian Market?

November 26 2013
by GSL Staff
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Few guns are portrayed in movies, television and video games as the Heckler and Koch G36 rifle. This, along with the fact that the rifle is used by numerous military and police units around the world has made it one of the most iconic guns in the world. However, a semi-auto version of the rifle has been unavailable to civilians.

However, according to a report from Guns.com, that might be changing in the near future.

H&K has apparently filed the needed paperwork in Germany to begin the process of offering a semi-automatic version of the iconic rifle to the public.

Due to US import laws, H&K would have to assemble the rifles in the US, using a certain number of US made parts in order to offer them for sale here.

However, H&K already has a manufacturing facility in the New Hampshire which would likely be able to handle the production.

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According to the Guns.com report, the process of making the rifle available for the civilian market is still in its early stages,

Heckler & Koch is hoping to bring a semi-automatic variant of the G36 rifle to the commercial market. The German federal register has posted H&K’s submission to the German federal police, which is the first step in bringing a rifle to the German and American public.

It is up to the German federal police to determine if the changes to the new designs are adequate in preventing users from easily modifying the gun to restore its select-fire capability. Heckler & Koch’s commercial offerings must be semi-automatic only before they will release the guns for sale.

The rifle will go by the name HK293 in the US if it’s made available.

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