The trigger is much improved. Now it is lighter and no longer gritty.
The click-adjustable rear sight still has to be raised to get correct point of impact. However, it’s now less miscalibrated than before—instead of a 600m mark for 25 yards, it’s about a 300m mark. While still off, it does leave more room for longer range adjustments. You can remove the rear sight and replace it with an optional Picatinny rail suitable for mounting optics.
The protected front sight is the same as before. A triangular sight blade works well for aiming at small targets.
With iron sights and CCI mini-mag ammunition, the STG44-22 yields about one-inch groups at 25 yards. It does better with optics.
The 24-round magazine is sturdy, easy to load and is the right length for support in prone firing. It is longer than the original 7.92mm STG44 magazines and will not fit surplus or reproduction pouches. The load assist tab moves as the ammunition is depleted, so the shooter has to avoid blocking it with the support hand.
This hold would eventually cause a misfeed. Unlike the centerfire original, the rimfire rifle doesn’t heat up quickly, so it’s safe to hold by the forend.
Another quirk is the safety lever that follows the original design and may feel counter-intuitive to American users. It moves up for fire, down for safe.
Except for the magazine, the rifle is visually indistinguishable from the original. It proved comfortable and reliable in use, and would also be a good fit for WW2 reenactors.
Grab this rifle and a surplus uniform, and you too can pretend to be a dashing Fatherland Security enforcer or an Eastern Front Army hero. If playing a 1940s German is not to your taste, there’s always the option of playing the other side.
One competent ambush and the newly acquired STG44 can be turned against its former owners…or just enjoyed at the range.
Unlike some .22 reproductions, this one is accurate enough to be used as a working rifle and not just a plinking toy.
For best results, a low-power scope is recommended…which I will discuss in the next part of this review.
Have you shot the GSG Sturmgewehr 44 in .22LR? Tell us about your experience in the comment section.
Oleg Volk is a long-time advocate of personal liberty, including the right to keep and bear arms. He works with numerous firearm and accessory companies as a creative director, advertising photographer and writer. He is based in Nashville, TN.
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