(9) Hop up-
Hop up wheel
When the bolt is pulled back the hop up is revealed
Very easy to adjust and dial in, but it may be a little awkward in the heat of battle because you need to hold the cocking handle back. For some reason, the hop up "wheel" on my gun is a little bit stiff, but it still works fine. After removing the barrel and reinstalling it, the wheel loosened up. This gun is pretty accurate and has good range. (about 180 feet) The gun is very accurate within 100 feet, but then starts to lose quite a bit of accuracy. You can still engage targets up to about 120 feet without too much trouble. (I have made several kills from about that distance using around 3 shots on semi auto) With the hop up turned up all the way, I'd say the gun shoots at least 190 feet with .25s. (not accurately of course)
(10) Magazine and mag well
Right side of the mag
Left side of the mag
Top of the mag
Mag release switch
The G36C comes standard with a 450 round high capacity magazine which requires a fair amount of winding. What is unique about this magazine is that one full wind is all you need. (You can fire the whole mag) The last 20 shots don’t feed, so it really holds only 430 or so. (keep in mind all high caps do this) This is the best high cap mag I have seen/used because you do not have to wind it every 30 shots. The only thing I don't like about the mag is that it is black. The real G36 mag is transparent, this one is solid black. Not a big deal, but it makes it less realistic.
What's nice about all G36 mags is that you can clamp them together, so you don't need a mag clamp or a mag pouch. One thing to not, while I had two mags clamped together, I accidentally dropped them and the tabs broke. The stock mag tabs aren't very sturdy so beware. They still feed fine though. Out of the box, my gun was not feeding well on full auto, so I sprayed some silicon lube into the feeding well and the mag itself. It now performs flawlessly.
The magazine well holds the mag in perfectly with almost no wobble. The mag slides in and out of the well very smoothly. Beware, if the mag switch is pushed, the mag will drop out. (some gun's mags will stay in unless you pull them out) While sprinting like a mad man, I accidentally bumped the switch, causing the mag to drop out. Do not fear, the switch is located in a convenient spot, so bumping it will most likely not happen. (So far it has only happened three times, but I that was when I was running around like crazy letting my gun fly everywhere)
(11) Battery and battery compartment-
Image showing correctly placed battery
This is designed very well and the wiring is thick and looks of high quality. The fuse is easy to access because it is located in the battery compartment on the right side. A very nice feature. I found it hard to push the cotter pin out and to lock it back, but after doing it several times, it wore in and became very easy. (You still have to use something like a jamming rod to push it out) It is tricky trying to put the battery in for the first time, but is easy after a couple of tries. One of the reasons why it was hard to put the battery in, was because I had the safety plug on the end of the barrel. This makes it harder to slide the front part of the gun back on. Just remember to pull the plug off when installing the battery. (The manual is also very helpful on installing the battery)
The battery is decent. It works well and the ROF is pretty good. (about 800) I would not suggest a 9.6 because it will wear down the gearbox faster. A new 8.4v will work just fine. The stock battery lasts about 1100 rounds before needing to recharge. Like all cheap batteries, after several charges, the ROF begins to decrease. (I'm using a smart charger, so I am not over charging it) I suggest you purchase a new battery.
One of the first things people ask is how fast and accurate does the gun shoot?
Shazam poor cell phone
I tested the gun's fps using the poor man's chronograph. Since I do not and will not have any coke cans, I used a Hansen's root beer can. I would assume a soda can is a soda can, but maybe coke cans are stronger, so this test may not be as accurate.
Carrying on; the bb sliced through both sides of the can with ease and managed to hit the wall behind the can, which was located about 20 feet away. It almost penetrated the bottom; it gave it a very good dent and ripped it a bit. It's safe to say my gun is shooting at around 350-360 fps using .2 gram bbs.
This gun performs very well and will probably be able to hit man-sized targets at about 120 feet. From 75 feet, I can hit a 4 inch target almost every time with .25 gram bbs. Make sure you clean the barrel when you get your gun because it makes the gun MUCH more accurate. Just get a cleaning rod, attach some sort of cloth, (I only had TP
) spray some lube on the cloth, and run it through the barrel a couple of times. The ROF is about average with the stock battery and is perfect for me. (not too fast where you run out of ammo instantly and not too slow) The ROF with the stock battery is in the ranges of about 800-850.(13) Internals
The E1 G36C uses a Version 3 gearbox (V3) and comes standard with an M110 spring, steel gears, poly carbonate piston, metal bushings, and 16 gauge wiring. (Taken from Shortyusa.com)
I will now describe the internals of the gearbox in detail
Gearbox (notice the E1 logo on the top left side of the gearbox)
This is the case of the gearbox after it had been cleaned off. As you can see, E1s come standard with metal bushings if they are the "V3" models. Unlike many other clones that I have read about, the grease on this gearbox wasn't smeared all over the place and it wasn't a funky type of grease. It wasn't white lithium, but it looked like standard grease. (a blackish color) I could not see any wear on the case itself, which is a good sign. Overall, it was greased well and the case is holding up great.
I could not find any wear on the gears after about a good 30,000 or so rounds. The gears seem to be pretty sturdy and have held up so far with all the stock internals/battery. I did not test the shimming of the gears, but inside the whole gearbox there were only 4 shims. I'm assuming it came with a bad shim job like other clones. Overall, I was impressed and surprised that the gears had absolutely no wear, even with a bad shim job.
As you can see, the last tooth of the piston is metal which is nice. The piston is supposedly a poly carb and has shown little or no wear at all. Again, I was impressed.
The piston head is plastic and the O-ring is pretty thick. The gun seems to have pretty good compression.
Close up on the gears in an assembled gearbox
This is what the gearbox looks like fully assembled internally
I was impressed with the internals other than the spring guide which seemed pretty cheap. (it has held up great so far) The spring guide had no bearings, just one washer at the base. The gearbox has held up great and has only needed a few motor adjustments.
Now onto disassembly. I recommend you watch this video if you want to take apart your gun because it is very helpful and they can tell you how to do it better than I can. http://www.mechbox.com/g36/g36c-disassembly
This gun is very easy to break down which is very nice for people who are new to airsoft guns. This gun has many removable parts which include, front sight, rear sight, carrying handle (swap it for a G36K style scope), hand guard, etc.
First I will start with the stock. The stock is removable by pushing a large pin out of the stock hinges. Sadly, the pin that holds the stock on my gun falls out if you fold the stock halfway. It slides out very quickly and easily, so beware. I don't know why it started doing this, but it can be easily fixed by gluing it into place. (hot glue would work) Other than that, the stock is solid.
Stock and pin
Barrel and hop up assembly
The stock hop up bucking is pretty poor in performance, I recommend you replace the bucking. The stock bucking must be set almost all the way up to get a good hop. I also recommend you replace the barrel if you want this gun to perform very well. Not a terrible bucking or barrel, but not great. The unit itself is pretty durable.
Finally, the gun totally disassembled. These are all the removable parts without opening up the body of the gun. It took a little bit of time to get it back together.....
Great quality high cap mag
Comes with a decent battery
VERY powerful (350-370 fps using .2s)
Some metal parts
Average ROF (I prefer to not have a gun with an extremely high ROF)
Cheap price for such a high quality gun ($145 at airsoftgi.com including shipping)
Good quality gearbox
Rails for mounting scopes and foregrips
Perfect weight, not too heavy
Rubber pad on stock
Very comfy to hold
Hop up is easy to adjust
Mags clamp together
VERY easy to take down (got to mechbox.com for step by step instructions)Cons-
Sights are decent, but not great
The real G36 mag is transparent, this one is solid black
Not a whole lot of metal
Charging handle feels flimsy (Mine broke when I pulled back hard)
It has a “plastic” look to it, meaning it doesn’t exactly look like a real gun.
Mag tabs break easily (I just used electrical tape to hold them together)
Average ROF (pro or con) (15) Closing Comments
This is a great weapon and is in my opinion the best out of the M4 and MP5 (not including Vector Arm guns) I would probably not buy this weapon again or any other JG/E1s. These guns are great for beginners, but the performance between other models of E1/JGs is very similar. Although I am very satisfied with this weapon, there are other guns out there that are more expensive, but are well worth the money.
So far it's holding up great and I've put about 20,000-30,000+ rounds through it. The gun is accurate and powerful, so be cautious when handling this rifle. Everything is still running like the day it came out of the box other than the rof being slower due to the cheap battery. It is a great gun that needs no upgrades for the gearbox other than a metal spring guide and possibly a new piston. (If you plan to use a 9.6) It will last a long time if you keep it stock. I suggest you upgrade the hop up bucking and the barrel. Just a new bucking will make a good improvement
Overall, I'd give it a 8.5/10 as far as MPEGs go. (16) Accessories recommended
Red dot scope
Side arm could come in handy
Extra mags (the high caps are great)
New battery, the stock battery is decent.
New hop up bucking
A bigger battery (for people who play longer games) (I believe the stock battery lasts about 1100 shots, maybe more)
Make sure you buy lots of bbs (KSCs are great. Airsoft Elites are good also)
They can be purchased at shortyusa.com
Red dot scope- $30
My gun with a full metal Leapers Red/Green Dot sight and a UTG foregrip. They both work excellently and the scope is more accurate then the iron sights. I actually prefer the gun without the foregrip because it doesn't make the gun any more stable and adds weight to it. It is pretty useful for when the stock is folded though. (slightly less shakey) Perhaps if I had a lighter foregrip it would feel better. I would personally just buy the scope.
They can be purchased at shortyusa.com
Leapers Red/Green dot scope- $30
UTG Foregrip- $15
Thanks for reading