You can find a lot of negative reviews on the G36...without even looking for them. But it makes sense in a way...
The G36 was designed from the ground up to be a 45acp (the G30 and 21 are simply converted 10mm's)...this means that there are gonna be bugs to work out, there always are in a re-design.
This is interesting too...because other than the 1911, I can't think of another pistol that was designed around the 45acp. All of them are designed around the 9mm except for some of the newer models that were designed around the 40 S&W.
The 36 was a step in the right direction for Glock, but they had a lot of trouble with them at first...I've been researching this a lot since getting my G36 (you know me, gotta know everything) and I think it boils down to 1 thing...
They sprung the gun heavy, for full power ammo...which is good if you're like me and like warm loads. Not so good for others who like range plinking ammo.
Most everybody who has had trouble...had the trouble with cheap ammo, premium ammo seems to have worked much better. That is true even for the guy that sued Glock over his G36...the guy he sold the gun to didn't have any trouble with good ammo (such as what most carry for self defense)
Others have said it won't feed wide mouthed hollow points...I don't know about this, the XTP is my bullet of choice because it feeds slick in just about anything (I like truncated cone shaped bullets)...that said, it may be true because the bullet barely misses the front of the mag as it feeds...but again, with XTP's it seems to eat them like candy. The XTP is not a wide mouthed bullet though...
The G30 would be good too I imagine, as long as its carried OWB...you could land an airplane on top of that slide, that sucker is wide.
My G36 has grown on me pretty fast...it has had me asking a few questions though. The barrel hood has peened the slide just a tad (nothing bad) just above the extractor...but this seems to be a common thing since Glock started using harder barrels. The barrel hood used to wear down, but now its too hard to wear down...so the slide gets pinged a tad. This is most common on the 40 S&W models, but can happen to any of them (newer ones...since about Jan. 2010) This is not the same slide peening that Glocks are know for...on the rails. Its a new development.
It bothered me at first...being a 1911 guy I don't like to see peening, but after asking a few people I see that its not a problem...and its just a Glock...as Hickok45 (the Glock guy on YouTube) told me...if its working, don't worry about it...it'll keep working.
I called Glock anyway...they said its common and not a problem...but if it did become a problem they would fix it. So far it hasn't caused anybody any problems...it just looks bad until you get used to it. Its hard to see without looking for it. You can see a picture of it here.. http://glocktalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1238410
not my gun or post...but mine is just like it, maybe not quite as deep though.
Good luck MM whatever you decide...I just thought you may find that info useful.
I just realized...that would almost do for a review wouldn't it? Almost...