G36 effective range 800M
M4 effective range 500M
I saw that, reconman, I'm not doubting your data- but I do have issues with the definition of "effective range" used in there.
Honestly, I am wondering how they are defining this alleged effective range. If it's the same cartridge, with the same energy- the effective range of the CARTRIDGE has to be the same, no? Trust me, having done my share (a LOT!) of benchrest shooting and accurizing, mostly on the 5.56/.223 and their variants, that effective range number is meaningless.
Effective range, how? How far I can put that round? How far that round has significant energy to incapacitate a target? Hit a man sized target, regardless of effect? In the end, this is pretty accurate, and "effective range" doesn't mean SQUAT when comparing platforms that fire the same round.
Now granted the G36 has in my opinion, far superior control surfaces, and the piston design makes for reliability that the AR/M4 platform cannot match. But range, with the same cartrdge? I call BS on that.
This definition makes effective range VERY subjective, IMHO. Not meant as a slam, just a statement of data/viewpoint.