Written by Adam Bower
First impressions can be hard to break. Especially in airsoft, a first impression of a gun or a brand can leave an irreversible impression. The Ares H&K G36 series airsoft rifles, through some impressive performance and stress testing, were able to overcome our initial doubts. When the Ares H&K G36 AEGs were first released, there were high hopes that it would be a top quality airsoft replica. Since no other G36 airsoft rifles were available, the Ares G36 with authentic H&K trademarks was highly anticipated by collectors and players.
When we first received the Ares G36 models, the externals were as we expected. Quality polymer construction was combined with tightly fitting parts for a solid construction overall. The H&K G36 Airsoft Rifle features a strong integral bipod, as well as a dual function scope. The Ares H&K G36K sports a 3X scope, along with a rail for attaching a second optic. The Ares H&K G36C, as usual, is equipped with iron sights and a full length picatinny rail. Airsoft requires more than just external looks, though. Internal reliability is what we were interested in.
The first few H&K G36 airsoft rifles we sold gave us reason to worry about their reliability. One customer needed a repair to his hop-up, because the bucking was torn. Another two had gearbox problems. Pretty soon, we were doubting whether the Ares H&K G36 rifles were worth the hassle, much less the cost. The Ares distributor was more than happy to repair the rifles under warranty, and recommended that we give them one more shot. We suspected that rifles that broke once could break again, though, and we never want to sell something that we aren’t confident in. In order to guarantee that the H&K G36 rifles were up to spec, we set out to break them. If we couldn’t, our customers can’t either.
First up was an Ares H&K G36C airsoft rifle. We started our test using an 8.4v battery. The chrono was reading about 360 FPS with a .20g BB. On the first magazine, we tested both semi and full-auto, pulling the trigger as fast as possible in semi automatic. We didn’t experience any lockup in semi-auto, and full auto functioned smoothly. On the next magazine, we fired longer bursts in full auto, with a few bursts well over 100 rounds. The gun didn’t even blink, though the test battery did wear out rapidly under those loads. Overall, we fired more than 1200 rounds through our G36C, and tested long, harsh bursts, as well as range and hop-up adjustment tests. The Ares G36C passed all of these smoothly, without a single lock-up, jam, or failure.
Next in line was the H&K G36K. We decided to step up this test, so we started with a 7.4v 1300Mah lipo battery. This airsoft rifle chronoed right below 400 FPS. Hop-up adjustment was accurate and easy, and the included 3X scope worked decently. With two mags through the rifle, we changed the battery to an 11.1v 1300Mah lithium polymer battery. A fully loaded magazine was wound and inserted. On an 11.1v battery, we fired the entire 450 round magazine in a single trigger pull. Both the battery and the gun ran smoothly, even at approximately 20 rounds per second. The extended load didn’t bother the G36K at all; it ran smoothly during the test, as well as before and after.
Overall, we tested 4 different Ares H&K G36 rifles, testing almost all of them with 11.1v lipo batteries. Each rifle fired no less than 1200 rounds, and each rifle passed its test perfectly. This test was enough to convince us that the Ares G36 rifles are capable of handling airsoft combat pressures, and are even 11.1v lipo ready. As it turns out, our customer’s initial issues with the rifles were traced to entry level BBs which were coincidentally purchased by each customer, leading to issues later on. With our precision BBs, the Ares G36 AEGs put out flawless performance and exhibit all the characteristics of a top of the line airsoft rifle.
After these tests, most of our staff was convinced. Any airsoft rifle that can fire 450 rounds in a single burst on an 11.1v battery as smoothly and easily as these rifles did is worthy of consideration. Since we traced the problem earlier to low-end BBs, not a single Ares G36 has failed to perform flawlessly. For some of the rest of our staff, it wasn’t until after we performed an internal examination that they were won over. If you want to see more about the features of the Ares G36, check out our takedown review. Suffice to say, these guys rock, and if you’re looking for an airsoft G36, the Ares H&K AEGs are your best bet.