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Suffice it to say that a number of factors caused the demise of the G11. The reason most often given is the reunification of Germany, and the attendant lack of desire for the West German government to purchase this new rifle at this uncertain time. Some say it never worked right. No matter what, the G11 represents what the collective minds of a small group of engineers are capable of. It seems to foretell the future of small arms design, which with but a few improvements lately has reached a creative plateau. Could this be the future of small arms? Could caseless become commonplace? Caseless ammunition in the Voere sporting rifle is already a reality and available for the consumer. Or is the G11 doomed to be one of the late, great 'almost' technologies that will be replaced by the amplified light and LASER weapons now being developed?
Originally posted by The Godfather of Conspira
Thanks for the input guys, I guess the G36K does out perform the G11 in some ways, but still there is no assault rifle out there like the G11.
Originally posted by Lonestar24
When were at it you forgot the G36E (export version), lacking one of the advanced sights. Anyway, the G11 was never intended to come into use, it was sort of a test prototype whether it was possible to build a conventional rifle that exceeded the existing ones by far. And rather more important was the development of the caseless ammo by Nobel and HK.
It has too many drawbacks for a widespread use, for example that it is too bulky and has a way too different technology. But still it is great to know that my precious German Guns rule anything out there (120mm L55 smoothbore, PzH2000, most HK rifles, Mauser RMK 30mm cannon and so on...) *runs off hiding in flame bunker*
[edit on 18-3-2005 by Lonestar24]