German’s Assault Rifle Trials are Struggling

A few sources out of Germany are saying that the German Defense Ministry is having some more trouble finding a replacement rifle than they originally though.

The Bundeswehr, the German armed forces, reported they were experiencing issues with the G36 service rifles. They have been using the G36 since 1996 and a variant, the XM8, was a front runner for U.S. Service. Reports centered around massive accuracy inconsistencies after heating. This could cost and was used accusing the rifle of costing soldier’s lives.

The result?

In 2015 the German Defense Ministry decided the G36 was out. While the confirmation of the actual problem seemed elusive and H&K complained of moving goal posts for the G36’s performance from test to test this didn’t stop the GDM from prepping to phase out the rifle.

Furthermore, in anticipation of this move, H&K pushed forward their 416 model and their recently developed and cheaper (allegedly) 433.

But these new rifles and their competitors across Europe seem to be falling short of the GDM’s outline.


Keith is the Editor-in-Chief of GAT Marketing Agency, Inc. A USMC Infantry Veteran and Small Arms and Artillery Technician, Keith covers the evolving training and technology from across the shooting industry. A Certified Instructor since 2009, he has taught concealed weapons courses in the West Michigan area in the years since and continues to pursue training and teaching opportunities as they arise.