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Does anyone know if Push/Pulling on the magazine is required when clearing malfunctions for the G36. I heard that for the AR-15 FOW, push/pull is done to make sure the magazine is properly seated. From what I heard about the G36, it's easier to insert a fully loaded 30 round magazine into the gun and the top of the mag actually seats snugly into the receiver.

I don't have a G36 but I want to learn more about the platform. Does anyone know if one should still do push/pull while clearing malfunctions for the G36?
 

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I've never heard of push/pull. All of my clearance drill training has always been "tap&rack": smack the heel of your hand against the bottom of the magazine to fully seat it, in case it isn't seated, then cycle the action (in the case of G36, pull and release the charging handle) while keeping an eye on it for trouble (noting where the bolt is/was; noting whether or not a loaded or spent round comes out, or nothing at all; quickly looking into the action for double feed, debris, etc.) then get back into the fight. It's pretty universal for any semi or full auto weapon.

If you get a click and no bang after that, rip out that mag, slap in a new one, and continue from there.

The only problem with pulling on the mag to check if it's seated, is that it takes more time away from the fight. If it were not properly seated, just the slap would fix it.
 

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Agree with bordercop.

Never heard of push pull to clear a malfunction, only when seating fresh magazine to insure it clicked in place.

Malfunction clearance would be no different with G36 than any other magazine fed assault rifle.
Only thing that changes between guns is where charging handle is located and which hand gets used.
 

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Thanks for the replies. The people on lightfighter forum recommend pushing rather than slapping (so it won't make a double feed worse) to seat the mag and pulling on the mag to make sure it's properly seated. Are loaded G36 mags easier to seat properly compared to the AR-15 with the bolt closed?
 

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Yes, I have found they are easier when loaded with 30 on a closed bolt.

I wouldn't slap any mag in too hard, they can and will spill.
Seat it firmly and quick pull to make sure it locked it all you need.

I don't load any 30rnd mags to capacity, always 2 down at 28.
Same thing for 20rnd mags, only load to 18 and you won't have any issues getting them in on a closed bolt.

Pretty common practice for LE programs now with rifle mags to download 2.
 

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Thanks for the replies. The people on lightfighter forum recommend pushing rather than slapping (so it won't make a double feed worse) to seat the mag
Forgive my sarcasm: I wasn't aware that there was such thing as a better or worse double feed.
A double feed is simply bad. There's no such thing as a "good" double feed.

If you can't slap it without inducing a new failure, you need some new equipment (most likely a bad magazine). It's a combat rifle, not a delicate flower.
 

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Forgive my sarcasm: I wasn't aware that there was such thing as a better or worse double feed.
A double feed is simply bad. There's no such thing as a "good" double feed.

If you can't slap it without inducing a new failure, you need some new equipment (most likely a bad magazine). It's a combat rifle, not a delicate flower.
Sorry for my language. What I meant when I said it would make a double feed worse was that if the bolt is back, then slapping the mag too hard would force extra rounds out of the magazine so you may have caused a triple feed if there was already a double feed.
 
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