I have just returned from firing my new/but slightly used (June 2009 man. date) G36 for the very first time. Happy to report all functioning went fine. MilSpec WW 230 gr HB.... Hornady 185 gr XTP.... and the often maligned 230 gr. Speer Gold Dot cycled without any problems. And that recoil? Not as bad as some would have you believe. This included one-handed firing. It is - after all - a lightweight, large caliber weapon. My G23 seems to give me more punishment. So if you have been holding back on purchasing a 36, based on a few bad comments, I hope my report will ease your decision.