GSG Sturmgewehr 44 in .22LR: World War Classic Reborn as Fun Plinker

STG 44 scoped livefire

Two years ago, I wrote about the prototype of STG-44  rifle in .22LR. Recently, I got my hands on the updated version and tested it.

STG 44, CCI .22LR ammo and magazine pouches

The trigger is much improved. Now it is lighter and no longer gritty.

STG44 Grip close-up on camo cloth

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.

STG 44 Adjustable Rear Sight

The protected front sight is the same as before. A triangular sight blade works well for aiming at small targets.

STG 44 Protected Front Sight


With iron sights and CCI mini-mag ammunition, the STG44-22 yields about one-inch groups at 25 yards. It does better with optics.

STG44 Rifle with Protected Front Sights


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.

STG 44 Standard Capacity Magazine


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.

STG44 Rifle in live-fire action


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.

STG44 in Live Fire Action


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.

STG44 .22LR Rifle in action on the field


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.

Reenactor with the rimfire STG44


One competent ambush and the newly acquired STG44 can be turned against its former owners…or just enjoyed at the range.

A good ambush the the STG44 gets a new owner


Unlike some .22 reproductions, this one is accurate enough to be used as a working rifle and not just a plinking toy.

STG44 in live fire action while kneeling

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.



About the Author:

Oleg Volk

Oleg Volk is a creative director working mainly in firearms advertising. A great fan of America and the right to bear arms, he uses his photography to support the right of every individual to self-determination and independence. To that end, he is also a big fan of firearms.
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Comments (20)

  1. For reenacting had a spare barrel modified for blank firing. Well known blank provider makes blanks it seems from .22 Magnum rounds (bullet pulled and case crimped). Doesn’t sound weak at all. Plenty loud!

  2. I think I was “the first kid on the block” to get an StG44 when they came out, shortly after the 2013 SHOT Show. Due to pricing and availability of rimfire ammo, I have not shot it very much, but do have some hundreds of rounds through mine. The only issue I’ve had, is that it just will not eject live rounds. It’s not a big deal if the gun is shot dry every string, but if you shoot the gun in any sort of competition that requires clearing the chamber, it is a real pain. The original sight set-up was essentially 100 yards = 10 feet, so setting the sight on “70” is good for 70ft/25yds, but it does sit very high above the rifle, and some have installed two washers between the sight and base to allow the rear sight to be set lower. The newer rifles must have a taller front post?

  3. This is for you Mike.. I bought a set of STG 44 mag pouches from IMA and they were a perfect fit for the mag that came with the rifle and 6 extra mags that I bought.

  4. Ordered one from CTD. The order and transfer via a local FFL holder was flawless.

    Finally able to go shooting with it today and it was really fun. Targeted on-paper immediately and got a good zero at 25 yards within a minimum number of rounds. Absolutely no problems.

    This is an accurate, rugged, and fun shooter. I’m pleased beyond words.

  5. To you Will… maybe I read your comment wrong, but I bought a set of MP 44 mag pouches on from IMA . Made too fit the Stg 44 mags.The mag that came with the rifle and the other 6 mags that I bought separate, all fit like a glove.

  6. ” It is longer than the original 7.92mm STG44 magazines and will not fit surplus or reproduction pouches.”

    Is there some sort of logic to this decision? What were they thinking?!!
    It never fails, every time a reproduction of something is done, some glaring bit is screwed with.

    1. @ Will.

      I believe the word your looking for is “Hollywoodization”. Making someone or something grander then it actually is. or was.

  7. Looks like fun. If I can ever find enough .22LR ammo to feed my bolt action.22, maybe I’ll consider buying a semi-auto. They ought to stop making new .22’s until there’s enough ammo available to feed them.

  8. You can also mount H&k claw mount or MP5 mounts on the rear of the receiver. So a picatinny rail there plus a different rear sight and probably a riser to get over the high existing rear sight should work.
    I’m actually looking to find a scope that wouldn’t look to out of period.

  9. I’ve had one for about a year now and I love it. Although I’d much rather have an original one, you cant beat how cheap it is to shoot being in .22lr.

  10. This would be a great addition to my Jager AP-74 and AP-80 – AR-15 & AK-47 .22LR copies.
    The stock looks like it could use a bit of smoothing to take the crisp edges off.
    Overall, I like the look. Will make it a point to see one in person.

  11. I’ve held this 22LR rifle a number of times inspecting it and the coolest aspect is the heft of it. This rifle is solid. You must go to a shop and atleast hold one simply to understand. A friend of mine owns one and loves it. Very accurate and overall a very fun time for her to shoot. I too, wish it was a larger caliber, but the sheer coolness of a WW2 reproduction in a 22 is rather sweet and I give GSG some real props for being so risky and bringing it to market.

    1. ive had my stg 44 for about a year now. I love it, its a good hitter and ive had no problems with the sights. And too you SS1… dont even think its all silly photos if its a .22 This beautiful rifle is much much more then just a .22

  12. I would really like to have mine in Pistikenpatrone 43, 7.92×33 Kurz livery, but, then again the 22LR looks like it might be fun to shoot, too.

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