Why would somebody want to scope a reproduction of a historic rifle? For one, the original STG-44s were sometimes scoped. Moreover, the low recoil STG44 was the preferred platform for mounting the original infrared scope (Vampir). So putting a low power optic, like the inexpensive 2.5x power Konus scope, isn’t straying far from the historic practice. If greater authenticity is desired, modern scope markings can be obliterated.
To install the scope mount, pull up the rear sight and depress the retainer leaf spring underneath with a screw driver. Then removed two screws and pull off the whole assembly. The short Picatinny segment replacing it sits fairly low.
The unique shape of the stock combines no-drop buttstock with a curved depression allowing lower head position for iron sights or scope. With 2.5x scope, the ghost of the front sight tower is just barely visible at the bottom. It doesn’t affect the sight picture.
Complete absence of felt recoil makes aimed rapid-fire very practical.
What kind of accuracy improvement do we get by scoping up? At 25 yards, the groups changed from about one inch to around two-thirds of an inch. That’s on paper. In practice, especially on low contrast targets, the practical effective range about doubles from just over 50 yards to about 125. The scope I used is focused at 75 yard and parallax-free at that distance. Duplex reticle worked well both for aiming at small targets and for estimating ranges and bullet drop.
The scope mount can be removed and replaced with the original iron sights. In my opinion, adding an optic really extends the usefulness of the STG44-22 and makes it more fun to use. With the rimfire ammunition being in short supply, it’s nice to have the extra practical accuracy.
Tell us what you think about scoping the STG44-22 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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