After reading way too many posts on the pro's and con's of the G36 (vs. 30/30sf/all others) I used my GSSF certificate to pick up a new G36 with Trijicon sites. Also picked up a few extra magazines and extensions to try out. Here is my report of the first trip to the range. New G36 with test fire date of 12/17/2009 Three magazines were used for test (shown below in the picture/opposite order): M1: new 6-round as came with original G36 M2: new 6-round with Pearce +0 M3: new 7-round (Pearce +1 with +10% springs) Three types of ammunition were used for test: WWB: Winchester White Box, 230 grain FMJ. UMC: Remington UMC, 230 grain FMJ GD: Speer Gold Dot, 230 grain HP Purpose of test was to determine felt recoil and test for issues feeding three types of ammunition. Accuracy was secondary. The Test > Fired 10 rounds from G19 to set base for recoil comparison 1: WWB. Shot each magazine order M1, M2, M3 (repeated 3 times). 57 total rounds fired. Observations: - No Failures (Feed, Eject, Fire, other) - Recoil lighter than expected and very manageable - Accuracy very good at 7 yards 2: UMC. Shot each magazine order M1, M2, M3 (repeated 2 times) followed by one time each with M1 and M2. 50 total rounds fired. Observations: - No Failures to Feed, Eject, Fire. Slide failed to stay open after last round on M2 second pass. - Recoil very manageable though started to feel some sensation in the web of my hand (not painful, but different) - Accuracy very good at 7 yards and 10 yards 3: GD. Shot each magazine order M1, M2, M3 (repeated 2 times) followed by one time each with M1 and M2. 50 total rounds fired. Observations - No Failures to Feed, Eject, Fire. Slide failed to stay open after last round on second and third M1 pass, after last round on first and second M2 pass, and after last round on M3 second pass. - Recoil very manageable - Accuracy very good at 7 yards and 10 yards 4: Went back to the Winchester White Box, 230 grain FMJ. Shot M1 and M2 one time each. 12 total rounds fired. Observations - No Failures to Feed, Eject, Fire. Slide failed to stay open after last round on M1. - Recoil very manageable - Accuracy very good at 10 yards > Closed test with 30 rounds of 9mm from G19. Slide failed to stay open after last round one of the two magazines (never happened before with thousands of rounds previously fired). Final Observations: - I was very impressed with the G36. It seemed very accurate at the short ranges tested (7 and 10 yards) and recoil was very manageable (much better than expected). - I honestly didnt notice any difference in hold with the standard magazine versus the Pearce +0 and +1. No pinching experienced with any of them and the feel seemed about the same. - Transitioning to/from the G36 and G19 was smooth, despite the different grip sizes. - I recently changed my grip after a training session with a long-time police officer. I suspect that this may be a factor in the slide not staying open after the last round. It started halfway through the tests with the G36 as I started to concentrate more on aim and control and once with the G19, something that has never happened before after thousands of rounds. - Shooting the G19 after 150+ rounds of .45 was interesting. Recoil felt minimal, reminding me of shooting .22 long rifle. - The G36 seems to fit quite nicely in the G19 Blackhawk Serpa CQC holster. - Having 6 or 7 rounds in the magazine, it does empty pretty fast (am used to the 15 round G19 mags). I know that some will state I should have gone with the G30 but I didnt like the feel and I know I made the right choice for me going with the G36. Next Steps: - Returning to the range for more tests with other longer distances and other ammo as well - Determining the best carry ammunition for me - Working out the change in grip to see if that is the problem with the slide So, there it is. If anyone has any thoughts, I would love to hear them.