Stg-44 Replica from American Tactical Imports – New Gun Review

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The American Tactical Imports version of the famous Stg-44 “assault rifle” is made in Germany by GSG, the company that makes several of the ATI replica guns. It is really just a movie gun with a .22LR rifle embedded in the skin, but if you want a functional copy, the GSG STG-44 is a great looking copy of the correct weight and feel, and any World War II buff would be proud to own one. It comes in this custom made wooden case just like the original.

This is the inside of the box as it comes from the factory. You need a phillips head screwdriver to get the gun out.

The stamped steel buttstock sleeve connects to the main receiver with one pin. This is also how you take it down for cleaning.

The magazine is plastic and loads 25 rounds easily with this side thumb slider. There is also a California legal 10 round version.

Most of the design detail on the GSG STG-44 is for show. The safety works, as does the magazine release and bolt handle, but all of the other buttons, bolts and coverplates are nonfunctional.

The dustcover door is also functional and works perfectly, as does the last round holdopen on the magazine, but you should expect an occasional jam, probably due to that big thumb slider plastic on plastic dragging as you empty the magazine.

The sights are fantastic on the STG-44. You can adjust windage with that wheel on the side which is spring loaded, and the gun hit point of aim at 50 yards on about the 400 yard elevation mark on the rear sight, as seen here.

The entire forend assembly of the gun is a fake gas system and little more than movie gun parts, but the front sight is solid and the pointy blade provides a nice sight picture.

If you plan to load up the mag and empty the gun, as most plinkers do, this is what you can expect with rested carefully aimed fire at 50 yards. It is initially a fairly accurate gun but the shots walk down as the gun heats up.

As a replica, it comes in close to the weight of the beastly 11.5 lb. original Stg-44 at just under 10 lbs.

The trigger is clean but heavy, making a delicate trigger squeeze almost impossible.

With the stock off, the hinged bottom of the STG-44 folds down for field stripping.

Hold the silver piece when you unfold it or it will go flying across the room with other parts you will have to guess how to put back together.

All of the wood parts on the gun are actual wood, and the stock even has a realistic compartment.

The box is hand made by the Amish, which is kind of cool.

But instead of including some rug squares or something to stop the jiggling, some genius decided to squirt Home Depot foam in the openings, completely ruining the collectability of the box.

There is nary a World War II buff who wouldn’t love to get one of these STG-44s under the Christmas tree, but ATI really should have avoided the foam, which is impossible to remove.


American Tactical Imports
http://www.americantactical.us/stg44
Find one on GunsAmerica:
http://www.gunsamerica.com/stg-44

You may remember from our SHOT Show 2012 coverage that a new copy of the famous World War II “assault rifle” the Stg-44 was supposed to come out this summer. It is out, and it is called the GSG Schmeisser STG-44, available in .22LR. Made in modern day Germany, the gun is imported into the US exclusively by American Tactical Imports (ATI) with an MSRP of $599.95. Like the other German Sports Guns (GSG) replicas we have seen, the similarity to the original is uncanny, and the gun is nice and solid and feels “right.” Even though this rimfire version of the Stg-44 carries a collector premium price tag, this is the one gun that most World War II buffs assume they can never own. Original Stg-44s are prohibitively expensive, and this gun looks great, feels right, and shoots well enough for plinking. What do you get the old fart for Christmas who has everything and loves World War II junk? I’ll give you a hint. It is about the same weight as a big coffee table book, but it would look a lot better on your coffee table when guests come over than any tired old coffee table book I have ever seen. You guessed it. It’s a .22LR version of the infamous Stg-44!

From a uniquely American perspective, the first “assault rifle” ever made was pretty much a non-starter for the Nazis during World War II. Called first the MP44, then the Sturmgewehr 44 (Stg-44) , or “storm rifle,” It was manufactured from 1943 to 1945, and after significant internal political battles within the Third Reich, the Stg-44 was released to troops on the Eastern Front in large numbers for the disastrous Nazi invasion of communist Russia. The popular American version of the history of the Stg-44 is that it “arrived too late in World War II to make a difference,” but what most people leave out is that over half a million Stg-44s were actually made by the Nazis, and most of them actually made it to the battlefield. Our American war movies don’t generally have the Stg-44 in them, and it was not a significant gun in any battles between us and the Germans, or the Brits and the Germans, so to Americans, the Stg-44 was irrelevant. Generally we think of the gun as a failed prototype of a vanquished enemy. But it was far from that.

The Stg-44, which fired a shortened 8mm Mauser round, was not only effective in battle against the Russians, it is considered the precursor to both the AK-47 and M-16 rifles, and it influenced an entire generation of not only battle rifles, but also of battlefield tactics. During World War II the Germans had always led their battles with fixed machine gun units, using bolt action riflemen as support. America led the battle with “the rifleman” as our most effective battle implement, employing the M1 Garand, a semi-automatic 8 shot repeater. Machine gun crews were considered a supporting role to the main infantry force. Both the Allied and Axis sides of World War II used full powered rifle cartridges, effective to 1000 yards or more. Ours was the .30-06. The Germans used 8mm Mauser, and the Japanese used the 7.7 Jap. cartridge. Even 500 yards is beyond the effective range of most average riflemen, so these cartridges were a waste, requiring a lot of excess weight to carry, in the name of power that would seldom be of value in most World War II battle situations. The Germans saw that though the American’s use of infantry over machineguns was superior, the full sized rifle cartridge was overkill.

The concept of a mid-power cartridge, effective to 300 yards, in a select fire, full sized rifle, was at the time of the Stg-44 a novel concept. Both sides had pistol cartridge subguns, and both sides had full powered machine guns, as well as the main infantry battle rifle. The Americans even had the M1 Carbine which fired the embarrassing .30 Carbine cartridge, but even that couldn’t be considered an assault weapon by today’s standards. The Stg-44 was unique in its day, and it is considered to be the most influential rifle in the current history of battlefield rifle development. The Stg-44 changed the game of war, and not as a prototype, but as a successfully mass produced battle rifle that just happened to be deployed in a hopeless losing battle against the Russians. This method of war, however, is still our method of operation today, and though our newest enemies in desert regions have again brought into question the idea of the ideal battle rifle, our current M4, and the eastern bloc and Asian popularity of the AK-47 have guaranteed the Stg-44 a permanent place in the history of modern warfare.

I walked into a gun shop that had two of these ATI guns last week and they were selling them for $999 each. Ouch! But, especially for this Christmas, most likely all the guns that are in the country at this point are probably all we are going to see, and they have already made their way through distribution. I say this in the way of a warning if you are reading this and think you are going to be able to grab one for cheap. If you see one at anything close to MSRP or slightly below, grab it. They will definitely dry up for Christmas, and who knows when they will dry up entirely.

As a replica, the GSG STG-44 is dubious at best, but nonetheless it is very well done. That sounds like an oxymoron, but you have to remember, we are dealing with a .22 rimfire rifle here, not an actual gas operated firearm made for high powered centerfire ammunition, as was the original Stg-44. The entire front half of the GSG STG-44 is fake. There is no gas system. None of the side details are made of actual bolts, caps, or buttons. It is all fake, like a movie gun. The safety works, and the magazine release is an actual magazine release, but it releases a replica 25 round plastic .22LR magazine. The buttstock is removable, and it comes disassembled in the custom ATI wooden box (which we’ll get to), and overall, for all intents and purposes, the STG-44 looks real. The original Stg-44 weighed a beastly heavy 11.5 lbs. empty, and this gun is close to that on purpose, at almost 10 lbs. I wouldn’t want to carry this STG-44 across frozen Russian tundra all day, but if you are looking for a gun that is pretty close to the ones that actually carried across Russian tundra, this is about as close as you can get.

Functionally the GSG STG-44 is probably as good as you can get in a replica as well. We fired about 300 rounds through our test gun and about once per two magazines the gun overran itself and stopped itself up with a crooked round stuck in the action. If you remember to tap the mag in good every time you may encounter the problem less frequently, but expect an occasional jam at the very least. The magazine is really easy to load because it has a side thumb slider like the ones you see on straight Ruger pistol mags. I suggest you live with the problem of the occasional jam rather than try to monkey the magazine with lubricating powder. It does not appear to come apart.

We tested the accuracy at 50 yards because of the incredibly good sights on the GSG-STG-44. In duplicating the original, replete with its pointy hooded front blade and windage adjustable notch, the open sights on the STG-44 are second to none. Nobody shoots competitive 5 shot groups with a plinker, so we ran our strings in full magazines of 25, the way most people would shoot. To call the accuracy acceptable is not an overstatement. With Winchester plinking .22LR ammo we could shoot into about 2 inches horizontally strung about 5 inches vertically. The shots pull down as the gun heats up over the course of a magazine, and this was somewhat repeatable, so if you are shooting cans or steel plates or whatever you can actually adjust your shots as you shoot. The STG-44 isn’t a tack driver, but as a serviceable replica it is pretty good.

Taking the STG-44 down is easy. It is one pin, but beware that you should watch the directions that things come apart because it isn’t intuitive as to how they go back together. There is a plastic follower behind the bolt assembly, and removing that bolt is as far as I would take the gun down to clean it. You will have to reach in to wipe the breech area, and it does get pretty dirty, but the rest of the gun doesn’t get dirty and it looks like a lot of small parts not meant for disassembly by a novice. The barrel is easy to clean from the front or back, and the bolt comes right out so you can toothbrush the face with Hoppes #9.

The wooden is about my only complaint with the gun, and it is kind of a nitpicky thing. ATI went to all kinds of trouble, and with genuine inspiration created a replica of the original shipping box for the real German Stg-44. Then whoever was in charge of packing the gun elected to spray the insides with Home Depot construction foam so that the gun wouldn’t jiggle around and dent itself. That stuff is extremely difficult to remove, and the inside of the box will never be pristine once the foam is scraped and sanded out. We purchased this gun. ATI has never returned a phone call or email from us when we have requested a review gun, and this gun was just too exciting to not get a review in before Christmas. i don’t know if our friend Jeff Quinn over at Gunblast got his from ATI or if he bought it, but you will see in his article pictures that there is at least some foam in his box as well. At an MSRP of $599 and “in hand” collector prices up to $1000, you should at least be aware that ATI definitely screwed the pooch on this one.

You can get a high end, 11 lbs., extremely detailed non-firing movie gun replica of the Stg-44 on Amazon for $231. This rifle is exactly the same gun, except German Sport Guns (GSG) has engineered a way to fit a working .22LR rifle into the shell of the Stg-44, to create a “working” replica. GSG also makes polymer mags, so coming up with a working mag wasn’t an issue for them, and the gun actually works and shoots really well. There is a California 10 round model , so this gun can be bought throughout most of the US. The difference between $231 and $599 is $368, which is a reasonable price for a .22 rimfire rifle, in a cute but unfortunately ruined beautiful wood box, hand crafted by the Amish no less. If you can find one of these guns, (and as I write this a few unsuspecting sellers are actually listing them at MSRP or below on GunsAmerica), grab it, because as soon as ATI suspects that the demand has saturated, I suspect you will never see one of these guns again. That makes them instantly collectible, so most likely the STG-44 from ATI will be a good investment as well.

No, it doesn’t come in left hand or .22WMR.


American Tactical Imports
http://www.americantactical.us/stg44
Find one on GunsAmerica:
http://www.gunsamerica.com/stg-44

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  • Ron Paul 2016 November 27, 2012, 7:19 am

    Few people are aware that, in order to equip German troops with the Stg-44 for the invasion of the Soviet Union, Nazi scientists working in Castle Wolfenstein built a time machine in order to send large quantities of Stg-44s back to 1941.

    • Administrator November 27, 2012, 2:26 pm

      If it weren’t for those two russian vampires in Breaking Dawn II the whole plan would have worked too!

  • Ron orszag November 27, 2012, 9:42 am

    I want one it would go with my collection.

  • Jim Hensey November 27, 2012, 11:57 am

    My friend has a dozen of these he can’t sell. As soon as you pick it up the glamour is gone. It is heavy. It’s neat, sure, but I would not want one. It will just sit on the box and gather dust. There are so many beautiful rifles out there to copy. Why pick this one?

    • Administrator November 27, 2012, 2:25 pm

      Maybe your friend should list them for sale on GunsAmerica? There are 3 million gun buyers a month here, and he would have sold them all today.

  • John Stover November 27, 2012, 12:20 pm

    I purchased one a few months ago. It’s great looking, a pretty accurate shooter…can’t wait for the MP40.

  • LG November 27, 2012, 12:39 pm

    I was just wondering why those manufacturing waste their time and moneys making those in 22LR. What’s the point. They have so many calibers to choose from that would insure better reliability and enjoyment. At least something centerfire and bottleneck cartridge would give more likeness to the original and remain legal. Just for example the 7.62 Tok, plentiful and cheap. I once owned an I believe Italian copy of the AR 15 in 22, a copy of the M1 Carbine in 22 and realized that it was totally ludicrous and got rid of them. I own now a Ruger 10/22, just for the kick of it an Armalite AR7, and a bolt action. That’s all the 22s I will ever want. Well what can I say, some guys are delighted with them AirSoft pathetic make believe weapons. I would just LOVE a Sturmgewher but for Christ’s sake a 22 ? Come on, that’s for preteens, sissyboys and video game players

    • Administrator November 27, 2012, 2:23 pm

      pressure

    • Martin A Greis December 3, 2012, 5:29 pm

      LG: The .22 LR is the most under-rated bullet there is. Take a look on youtube and you’ll find that a .22 long rifle bullet fired from a 24 inch barrel will penitrate a quarter inch piece of plywood at over 500 yards. That would be as thick as the average mans skull…maybe not yours though….hahahahaha

  • Martin A Greis November 27, 2012, 1:25 pm

    I would love to have one. I have the AK-47 replica from Rock Island Armory and I am happy with it. It seldom if ever jams and it seems to be pretty accurate. You can shoot all day for about $20 being you are shooting the 22 LR vs the 7.63. Only thing I didn’t like about the ak-22 was that the wood was too nice and it seems to have a hump on the forestock that looks out of place. The only thing that prevents me from buying the Schmeisser is the $600 + cost and my wife….

  • harry November 27, 2012, 3:27 pm

    any obama voter will not be able to get it out off the box. they dont know what a phillips head is…

    • Nomad Nomlaki November 28, 2012, 11:42 am

      Harry
      Get over the fact Obama wiped the Mitt from his Ryan with recycled Ann Coulter and flushed it down the
      Rush Limbaugh (twice). I voted Obama. I worked as a journeyman Harley Davidson mechanic for a decade after my one year free vacation to SE Asia in 1969 with the 187 of the 101st Abrn Division. So FYI I definately know what a Philips point is. And I ain’t a Democrat or Lib. I am just me, not a GOP sheeple who swilled too much Romney Kool-aid…

      • kevin Fredrick December 9, 2012, 10:15 pm

        Don’t be stupid obama did not wipe anything but george soros’s and the unions backside. Obama is as incompetent as the rest of the democrats. AS a vet you should know better than voting democrat after Nam and LBJ!

      • nadadhimmi January 6, 2013, 2:21 pm

        So, Nomad Nomlaki, you idiot, aren’t you still happy you voted for Obama?, even after he’s going to try to confiscate your rifles, pistols and shotguns?. I seem to remember Obama saying that people would have to find a different reason to vote against him because he “wouldn’t take your handguns, rifles or shotguns”. That must have been some goood heroin in ’69, huh?, because your mind is still eff’ed up, man.

      • dragon6actual July 2, 2013, 6:57 pm

        Nomad,

        Thanks for your service.

        We are now (July 2013) well into Obama’s second term, and Change has indeed come to America. I am the LAST man to advocate for ANY expansion of government, but Obama desperately needs another cabinet-level post in His administration… the Secretary of Scandals. IRS, DoJ, Department of State. This post will require a large staff – one might even say it will take a village to keep up with the scandals.

        Please Brother – the next time you vote, bring your brain and supress the urge to parrot the swill fed to you by the Great Progressives.

      • Devil In Baggy Pants October 29, 2013, 11:58 am

        You don’t talk like a Rakasan…sure don’t vote like one!

  • Kep November 27, 2012, 5:19 pm

    I bought one of these a few weeks back for $510. A great buy as far as I was concerned. There was however one problem when I uncrated it. Apparently one of those Amish craftsmen from Mt. Morris drove one of those deck screws in too deep that hold the cross support slats in place on the bottom of the box. Unfortunately for me the pointed tip of that screw came thru the bottom of the box . It was not noticeable by the naked eye but if you felt the spot with your finger it poked you. Anyway my luck , it hit right on the right hand PG and the motion from shipping put some nice gouges in the grip.
    I contacted ATI and sent them a photo of the damage and they sent me a replacement PG by the end of the week. They also thanked and assured me they would look for that in the future before packing any new STG’s.
    Great customer service.
    I am very happy with this future collectable, but agree I would have liked to see it in a more appropriate caliber closer to the original.

  • dave November 27, 2012, 5:19 pm

    very interesting

    i have purcased one of these and the stock is not finished at all

  • Randy W. November 27, 2012, 7:27 pm

    I like this rifle, but for a grand I don’t like it THAT much.

  • Wild Bill December 2, 2012, 12:44 am

    I got mine about 2+ months ago. I waited a long time for it even being first on the distributor’s list. I still love it after 4-500 rds. It is better than I dared to hope it’d be compared to the GSG5′s teething issues. Haven’t had a single bobble but only high quality stuff like CCI Stinger, etc has been run thru it.

    Where else can you find as accurate a replica of a rare (unaffordable) Class 3 firearm that is reasonable to purchase and more reasonable to shoot? For folks who want this rifle to shoot centerfire ammo…..you won’t get one for the price this .22 replica costs. Try thousands of dollars, IF some factory had the daring to tackle such a complex project.

    I’m VERY happy with the STG44 and I only paid $530 at a local dealer. ATI and their partners are to be commended for all the work bringing it to market. I can’t wait until the MP40 subgun replica comes out.

  • Bob December 10, 2012, 11:18 pm

    I bought one of these two weeks ago and after a desert plinking session of about 350 rounds I am very pleased with this rifle. It shoots accurately out to about 75 yards offhand, but the long mag makes bench shooting a real building block chore. Sitting stance works really well and I was able to get into a prone position despite the mag length. I would recommend a sling if you plan to walk around much with this rifle due to it’s weight. Excellent plinker. It breaks down easily for cleaning. The Amish box? Eh…lots of cracks from overtightening the wood screws into thin, softwood. A quaint touch for the collector,but I hope it didn’t encompass more than $10 of the purchase price.

  • Thomas December 25, 2012, 11:19 pm

    Does anybody think that Gun Manufactures will ever make the stg44 replica in a higher caliber, and if so please let me know, 223 or 7.62×39 would be awesome.

  • Rick January 3, 2013, 4:44 pm

    My rifle wasn’t completely wrapped with plastic, so I spent some time cleaning foam off the gun itelf.
    I suspect the stock will get more wobbly, the more times the gun is dis- and then re-assembled, so I will probably never use the box again. I can still use it to store gun-related stuff, but a longer, slimmer box that would accommodate the assembled gun would have been more useful.

  • SidDVicious April 20, 2013, 10:48 pm

    Hey Numbnuts Numlaki – still love your boy Osama Obama now? Even after he just tried to ban these very same 25 round StG mags? And even after two of his beloved dubious alien diversity Chechen types just bombed the Marathon here in Boston and murdered/shot two of OUR cops? Huh? Wheres your mealy-mouthed bravado now, or are you still busy huffing Agent Orange, ya brain-dead Demosocialist frak, ya.

  • curt waldrip May 1, 2013, 12:38 am

    im a reenactor, and i got one of these to shoot blanks thru. before i would do anything that might interfere with firing live rounds, i took it to the back part of my land and ran some ammo thru it. frankly it shoots like a dream and looks sexy as hell. im very pleased with her and have zero buyers remorse.
    that is my rave…now for the rant
    it looks IDENTICAL to the actual STG 44….except for the mag. that cheap ugly plastic farb magazine with the slot down the side. if i had noticed this in the photos before i bought the gun, it might have dissuaded me from buying. i really do wish that ATI would produce and sell an all metal solid mag for the weapon.
    id prefer not to deal with politics when im indulging in my hobby of firearms…but come on….anyone that is a gun owner that voted for obama cant be right in the head. just sayin.

  • Joseph Gironda May 6, 2013, 5:11 pm

    For persons who limit the number of rounds in a box magazine to 10, as I’m limited in NJ, you can purchase a second magazine and have your gunsmith (unless you’re very handy yourself) and reduce the length of the magazine. I had this done and am very satisfied. There’s a fine link showing how it’s done: http://www.ar15.com/forums/t_6_41/385335_HowTo__Shorten_10_Rd_StG_44_Magazine.html

  • Frank the boogieman June 4, 2013, 11:01 pm

    I bought one of these a couple of months ago.. . . it’s way cool and shoots like a dream as long as you use High Velocity ammo in it. The place where I purchased it still has two left, but for $649.00 now, still way below the $1000 mentioned in the article. . . . My advice, get one while you can before it’s to late, the value will only go up from here. . . . by the way, no foam was used in the box that I received with the gun.

  • Tara June 20, 2013, 9:24 am

    That’s a shame about the foam – why oh why would you ruin an amish hand-crafted case by squirting foam into it????

    @Frank – maybe the author’s box was from an earlier line and they have subsequently removed the foam from their packaging?

    • Frank the boogieman September 30, 2013, 12:41 am

      Tara, that is a distinct possibility. A great gun and true to the details of the original.

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  • Gary August 18, 2013, 12:45 pm

    I bought my STG 44 3 weeks ago for $504.00 and had problems with chambering the first 2 – 3 rounds every time I loaded a magazine. After I cleared the unfired rounds the rifle cycled fine and was very accurate at 25 and 50 yards.
    I gave the rifle an intensive cleaning and found a 1/8″ x 1/2″ long spring imbedded in the wall of the left side of the port for the 25 round magazine and the large magazine spring was very sluggish and when I cycled the spring the internal tab broke off. This rifle must of been assembled at the factory after lunch.
    I called ATI and they sent me a prepaid FEDEX mailer and sent it back. They received yesterday and said they wound repair or replace it. I am waiting
    Gary

    • Gary September 15, 2013, 2:05 pm

      Up Date on the Repairs of my ATI STG – 44. ATI replaced the bolt “Hold Open Spring and the magazine” and put 50 rounds through the rifle.
      I am very pleased with ATI’s Customer Service. I tested the rifle a couple of days ago and put 200 rounds through it. The rifle doesn’t like old 22lr ammo and the chamber has to be cleaned every 100 rounds or so.
      You must use the “supplied” chamber brush and run a swab down the bore when you think of it, this will cut down the amount of misfires and maintains your accuracy.
      I was shooting at 50 yards at a 10″ steel plate and hit the plate every time, not bad for shooting off hand.
      I want to put a scope on the rifle to see how far I can shoot.
      ATI makes a scope mount that you have to remove the rear sight to install the scope mount. I really don’t like idea of removing the sight, in case I want to use the iron sight.
      Does anyone know of any other scope mount that will do thy job???????
      Thanks,
      Gary

  • Tom October 4, 2013, 4:04 pm

    Does anyone have any ideas on magazine maintenance? The manuel doesn’t mention anything about it. If I load more than 7 rounds I get a failure to feed on the third round everytime. Loading seven rounds or less results in no problems. The magazine doesn’t appear user friendly regarding disassembly and reassembly. Has antyone experienced similar issues?

  • Hankmeister October 7, 2013, 10:42 pm

    Bought my ATI Stg-44 about eight months ago and have put about 800 rounds of a variety of .22LR ammo through the beast. The 44 definitely prefers bulk Federal and Winchesters with Blazer .22 coming in a close third. Remington bulk ammunition (those green 550 round packs) has steadily declined in quality over the last twenty or so years to the point that even my Ruger 10/22 and Ruger Mark II pistol despise the stuff. Most of the time the misfires have to be restruck on a different part of the rim and some complete duds don’t even have powder in them!

    Back to the rifle. Yeah, I was disappointed with the application of foam to the crate but it sure did it’s job in safely cradling this beautiful rifle while it’s being shipped all over the world to get to my local gun dealer. I was fortunate enough to find a good supply (5) of 25 round ATI magazines and they all work perfectly fine in the 44. With Federals and Winchesters I usually don’t have a misfeed but once out of every two hundred rounds. As far as accuracy — though at my age (59) that pointy sight is awfully hard to see in anything less than full sunlight — I can comfortably plink ten inch ten-shot groups at 100 meters and three to four inch groups at 50 meters which is outstanding with bulk ammo. Everyone I let shoot the 44 come away veeeeeery impressed with the fit, finish, shootability and accuracy. Also, I had to crank the rear sight to the 500 meter mark to shoot it out to 100 meters. So I removed the front sight hood, filed about 3/32 inch off the front sight and left it flat, and now I can set the rear sight to 150 meters and it’s dead on at 100. A big improvement in elevation and a big improvement in seeing that front sight under less than perfect conditions.

    Now I’ve actually handled the real-steel MP-44/Stg-44 and those suckers are heeeavy! Even a beat-up but fireable 44 will set you back $14K! I never had the pleasure to shoot one but I understand that it has just a little more recoil impulse than an MP5 which I have shot. The cyclic rate is relatively slow compared to that of an M-16 or even an AK-47 (which I have also shot compliments of Class III friends) and apparently the recoil mechanism is balanced between the weight of the bolt and the recoil spring to produce something called a “constant recoiling system”. That means the bolt isn’t slamming into the back of the receiver (like the AK) and the 44 doesn’t suffer from full-auto climb like most “assault rifles”.

    If there was a manufacturer even willing to reproduce the Stg 44 in say, 9mm, it would easily retail for $1K to $2K. So be happy there’s an Stg 44 that fires in 22LR even though rimfire ammo is awfully hard to find at the moment. Glad I had quite a bit of the stuff before the ammunition market went crazy in 2013.

  • Seth Tyrssen August 18, 2014, 10:32 am

    If you don’t mind paying that much for looks alone, fine. I’d be a lot more impressed if it came in .308, or even 7.62×39. Or, for that matter, .45 ACP. Otherwise what we have, here, is a thousand-dollar semi-auto .22. I’ll pass. For the perfect semi-auto .22, I’ll stick with my Ruger 10/22.

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