Firearms

New Products: Upgrade Your Ruger 10/22 and a Full-Sized 9mm for Under $400

Picture shows Diamondback Firearms new DB FS Nine full-sized 9mm polymer pistol.

As we partner with more distributors, new products are added to Cheaper Than Dirt!’s website every day. Sometimes we have so many cool, new products that it is difficult to keep up. That’s why I am doing it for you! Upgrades to your Ruger and three new guns worthy of a lot of buzz are on today’s list.

Picture shows an ATI-imported GSG Schmeisser STG-44 Carbine, a close replica to the German STG-44 Sturmegewhere machine gun.
The ATI-imported GSG Schmeisser STG-44 Carbine is a .22 Long Rifle rimfire semi-automatic rifle with many of the exact aesthetic features as the original German machine gun.

American Tactical Imports GSG Schmeisser STG-44 Carbine Semiautomatic Rifle

Not necessarily an important battlefield rifle in fighting against the Germans, the German STG-44 Sturmegewhere or Storm Rifle is a significant piece in firearm history. The WWII machine gun fires a 7.92x33mm Kurz, essentially a smaller 8mm Mauser round and was accurate out beyond 300 yards—unheard of in a full-sized fully automatic rifle during its time. The STG-44 heavily influenced not only the future of battle rifles, such as the AK-47 and the M16, it influenced the entire future of war! Rare and expensive to come by in the United States, it is nearly impossible to get your hands on one. However, American Tactical Imports is producing a German-made rimfire replica so good you might fool others.

The ATI-imported GSG Schmeisser STG-44 Carbine is a .22 Long Rifle rimfire semi-automatic rifle with many of the exact aesthetic features as the original German machine gun, such as the metal handguard, wood stock, grip, trigger and sights. Even the weight of the Schmeisser mimics the original very well at a little over nine pounds. It has a 16.25-inch barrel and 25-round polymer magazine. There is an adjustable rear sight, adjustable trigger and the rifle is 37.24 inches overall.

As an added bonus the accurate and fun to shoot GSG Schmeisser STG-44 Carbine comes packaged in an Amish-made WWII-style wooden crate.

Check it out here.

CMMG Mk3 T Semiautomatic Rifle .308 Winchester

Picture shows the CMMG Mk3 T semi-automatic black rifle in .308 Winchester.
This AR-10 platform rifle features some of the best components available including a Magpul stock, Geissele single-stage trigger and a Surefire muzzle brake.

A year ago, when we first laid eyes on CMMG’s Mk3 T CBR (Carbine Battle Rifle) the company was six months to a year out in fulfilling new orders for the rifle. Finally, we see supply equaling demand. This AR-10 platform rifle features some of the best components available. The 16-inch, medium tapered barrel is 416 stainless steel with a corrosion-resistant nitride finish, made to last, with a 1:10 twist. The receiver is hard anodized billet 6061-T6 aluminum. If you pay attention to details, when taking down the rifle you will notice the properly staked gas key and chrome-lined bolt interior.

CMMG’s own Revo KeyMod full-length handguard sits on top of the receiver with a15-inch Picatinny rail. There are no sights on the Mk3 T, allowing you to pick out your own.

With the six position collapsible stock fully extended the rifle is 34 inches overall and weighs 8.1 pounds.

Check it out here.

Picture shows a blued steel framed STI 1911 with checkered wood grips.
The 9mm STI International semi-custom Spartan III has amazing features at a surprisingly affordable price point.

STI International Spartan III 1911 Semi Automatic Pistol 9mm Luger

Looking for an alternative caliber 1911? The 9mm STI International semi-custom Spartan III has amazing features at a surprisingly affordable price point. Built on Armscor barrels, frames and slides, STI’s value-priced line of 1911s have STI International’s in-house made fire control groups. STI International was the innovator of polymer-framed, wide body 1911s. Used and trusted by serious competitors, each one of STI International’s 1911s are hand-fitted right in its Texas factory.

All the traditional aspects on this 9mm 1911 are there—single-side thumb and high-rise Beavertail grip safeties, and rear slide serrations to aid in cocking. A serrated back strap with checkered double diamond Mahogany grips and smooth front strap give the Spartan its slick look. STI adds their long, curved trigger. One benefit to a 9mm 1911 instead of .45 ACP is it will hold more rounds. The Spartan III comes with a single-stack eight-round magazine. The barrel on the Spartan III is 3.24 inches and the gun weighs 32.7 ounces.

Check it out here.

Picture shows Diamondback Firearms new DB FS Nine full-sized 9mm polymer pistol.
Chambered for 9mm, the DB FS Nine holds 15 rounds and has a 4.75″ chromalloy barrel and Melonite finish.

Diamondback Firearms DB FS Nine

With the popularity of Diamondback’s subcompact conceal carry pistols, the company has extended into developing its own line of AR-15 rifles and full-sized handguns. A few months ago, Diamondback introduced its DB FS Nine full-sized polymer handgun with stainless steel slide. Chambered for 9mm, the DB FS Nine holds 15 rounds and has a 4.75-inch chromalloy barrel and Melonite finish.

If the trigger on the DB FS Nine looks familiar, that’s because it is. Diamondback is not reinventing the wheel here, just making the wheel more affordable. Like most of the competing striker-fired polymer pistols on the market, the DB FS Nine has no external safeties. The trigger measures a 5.5-pound pull, also typical of this style of gun. The DB FS Nine also has fixed three dot sights. Also on the DB FS Nine, are two indicators allowing the user to check if the gun is loaded. A peephole loaded chamber indicator sits atop the slide in front of the rear sight, and on the back of the slide is a striker status indicator, letting you know if the gun is cocked and ready to rock.

The grip might look a little weird, but its designed and optimized for the perfect grip and offers ultimate control while firing the gun. An accessory rail lets you add a light or laser, making the DB FS Nine a good home protection gun. It is 7.8 inches long, 5.6 inches tall and weighs 21.5 ounces.

For a modern, full-sized polymer 9mm, there are no surprises on the Diamondback except for the price. Retailing for less than $400, it comes in well under the price of competing pistols.

Check it out here.

Tactical Solutions Pac-Lite Threaded Barrel for Ruger MK Series and X-Ring Barrel for Ruger 10/22

Picture shows the Pac-Lite on a Ruger pistol
The Pac-Lite threaded barrel constructed of a solid piece of 6061-T6 aluminum installs quickly without requiring the help of a gunsmith.

Pac-Lite

Wanting to make shooting fun and more desirable for women and youth, Tactical Solutions developed a sharp-looking, colorful and lightweight upgrade for the Ruger MK series rimfire pistols called the Pac-Lite. The Pac-Lite threaded barrel constructed of a solid piece of 6061-T6 aluminum installs quickly without requiring the help of a gunsmith. The 4.5-inch barrel has a 4140 button-rifled steel liner and comes with 1/2×28 TPI threads so you can add a suppressor. It also has an 11-degree target crown. Adjustable rear and ramped front sights are included. With the lightweight barrel installed on your Ruger, the gun balances well for competition and makes the pistol more comfortable to carry. Conveniently, the Pac-Lite comes drilled and tapped for scope mounts. The finish on the barrel is matte black. Classified as the receiver—the firearm part of a firearm—the Pac-Lite must go through an FFL dealer to purchase.

Check it out here.

Picture shows a bright blue .22 Long Rifle barrel for the Ruger 10/22 rifle.
Staying true to its word, TacSol’s bright colors draw the eye. The blue X-Ring barrel for Ruger 10/22 rifles has a ½x28-inch thread.

X-Ring

Staying true to its word, TacSol’s bright colors draw the eye. The blue X-Ring barrel for Ruger 10/22 rifles has a suppressor-ready ½x28-inch thread. The barrel is 16.5 inches long, fluted with a 1:16 twist and a polished 11-degree crown. Built from 6061-T6 aluminum, the X-Ring is lighter than your Ruger’s factory barrel and designed to be more accurate. Weighing only 15 ounces, the X-Ring 10/22 barrel has a rifled chromoly steel liner and a 0.920-inch outside diameter.

Check it out here.

GPS Tactical AR Rifle Case

Picture shows a black, 25-inch AR-15 rifle case with external magazine pockets.
The GPS Tactical AR-15 rifle case has a 2 inch padded perimeter and soft inner lining to cushion your investment.

Your expensive rifle deserves the best protection during transportation to the range, hunting lease or even just during storage. The GPS Tactical AR-15 rifle case has a 2 inch padded perimeter and soft inner lining to cushion your investment. Constructed of 1000 denier with DuPont Teflon coating, the black case also has YKK over-sized zippers that slide easily. On the outside of the case there are four rifle magazine pouches, a handgun pouch with two extra pouches that will hold pistol magazines or extra ammunition. An adjustable shoulder strap makes it easy to carry. If you want to hang it, there are two metal D rings on both ends of the case. As an added bonus, a soft velour-lined external pocket will hold shooting glasses, ammo or hearing protection. At 35 inches long, the GPS Tactical AR rifle case holds all your necessities for a trip to the range.

Check it out here.

Picture shows a pair of clear plastic ear plugs attached to a black plastic cord.
So much better and more comfortable than throwaway foam earplugs, the SureFire EP5 Sonic Defender earplugs will last over six months with the proper care.

SureFire EP5 Sonic Defender Earplugs

So much better and more comfortable than throwaway foam earplugs, the SureFire EP5 Sonic Defender earplugs will last over six months with the proper care. The reusable earplugs are made of hypoallergenic polymer and offer a soft triple-flanged design to fit completely in your ear for a full sound blocking with a 26dB noise reduction rating. For a comfortable fit, the SureFire EP5 Sonic Defender earplugs come in small, medium and large for all sizes of shooters’ ears. The plastic patented EarLock rings fit the outside of your ear canal and make sure the earplugs stay in place. The low profile design doesn’t get in the way of helmets, hats or masks. For less than $12, the EP5 include a 26-inch detachable lanyard and carrying case.

Check it out here.

I am thankful the gun industry has not stagnated; the Diamondback and CMMG are certainly eye-catching and interesting guns worth checking out.

What on this list intrigues you? Tell us what products you want to learn more about in the comment section.

[suzanne]

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Comments (3)

  1. Suzanne: FYI; In reference to the ATI Sturmgehwer ’44 reproduction and your translation as “storm rifle”, the actual translation is “assault weapon” and it was the very first fully automatic lightweight, single-man-carried machine gun in a short rifle cartridge chambering. Before this there were only submachine guns which fire pistol cartridges or crew served belt fed machine guns firing full length rifle cartridges. (The BAR was long and heavy and was used as a squad light machine gun). The original designation was “machininpistole ’43’ and Hitler himself, envisioning every one of his paratroopers (Fallschirmjaeger) jumping and assaulting with this weapon, named it Sturmgehwer. This is why an AR15 or semi-automatic AK47 are not assault weapons: they are not machine guns.
    Note to Jim; Mp-40s are pretty cool but this is an entirely different weapon, irregardless of the .22lr chambering of the reproduction gun, the MP40 was a submachine gun firing 9mm parabellum pistol rounds and the StG’44 fired the 7.92 X 33 Kurz (short) a shortened version of the (8mm Mauser) 7.92 X 57 full power cartridge
    Used in the MG42 machine guns and K98 bolt action rifles.

  2. LOVE THE MP-40 PLATFORM…AND I KNOW WHY THE CHAMBERING OF .22 RIM FIRE [ IMPORT RESTRICTIONS]…BUT HAVE YOU TRIED TO BUY .22 RIM FIRE ROUNDS?

    GOOD LUCK WITH THAT.

  3. When i bought my Series 70 Colt 19ll ; I also bought over time the various conversion kits to go along with it. The .22 Ace, 38 Super & eventually the 9 mm. The most versital and reliable hand gun that exists.

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