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We were very excited to get our hands on ATIís new STG-44 in 22LR. With ammo prices going up and sometimes the scarcity of even finding rifle caliber ammo itís great that companies are putting out new rifles that look like their large caliber cousins.
From the ATI website:
The STG-44 (Sturmgewehr 44) was developed in Nazi Germany during WWII and was the first ĎStormí (or assault) rifle to see major deployment
Retaining as many of the original specs as possible, the GSG 22.LR version of this piece of history flawlessly sends 25 rounds of ammo accurately and quickly downrange, and is perfect for casual plinking, target shooting, and hunting. Stunning wood finishing, easy-to-adjust iron sights, and simple safety features add to the STG-44ís superb level of quality. Packed in an old-world style pine crate made by Amish craftsman, the STG-44 offers everything to make any shooting experience a memorable one.
Barrel length: 16.25
Magazine Capacity: 10RD
As much as I hate to say thisÖgood luck finding one right now. Itís December 2012 and we had the toughest time getting our hands on one but if you do find one grab it, you wonít be sorry.
We took the STG-44 to the range and had a blast shooting it. Everyone here agrees the gun looks and feels awesome. As close as you're getting to the real thing with out the thousands of dollars you would have to spend.
After shooting 500 rounds we had 5 jams. So far with all the .22 clones we have shot they all seem to have a jam or two every now and then. Not a big deal, these guns are really for fun.
The weight of the GSG is a little over 9 pounds, just a bit lighter than the original which weighed in at 11.2 pounds empty. The stock and the grips are real wood and the stock has a small compartment in it.
Breaking down the gun to clean is easy, just be careful to hold it together when you remove the stock and tilt the reciever. Otherwise everything will come flying out and you will have to figure out how to put it back together...trust us...we did it.
For a gun collector I think the gun is top notch. Most of us will never own a real STG-44 so this is the closest we will get.
I'm not 100% sure about this, but I have heard rumors that only the first shipped guns would come with the wooden box...I hope that's not true because it really does add that little touch.
On another note. I really don't understand the "haters" out there. So many people put down the new 22lr clone guns because they are not the almighty Ruger 10/22. So what. The guns are fun to shoot and look great. Also it's cheap to go out and shoot 1,000 rounds of .22!
So there you go, we will keep you updated on how the gun performs in the future.
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