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According to author Jorge Amselle in the upcoming November 2013 issue of Rifle Firepower magazine, “The Sturmgewehr 44, or StG44, was arguably the most innovative and battle-ready infantry weapon developed by Germany during World War II. Its name, given to it for propaganda reasons, literally translates into ‘storm rifle,’ with storm meaning assault.” This first assault rifle has become a true prize for many collectors, and now American Tactical Imports (ATI) and German Sport Guns (GSG) have teamed up to produce a .22 LR replica. Jorge Amselle got his hands on one to run it through its paces.

The authentic-looking ATI StG44’s 16.25-inch, six-groove-rifled steel barrel matches the size and contour of the original down to a false barrel thread protector (the barrel is not threaded). The handguard is stamped steel and has various cooling vents along its length. The original-style, long-stroke-piston-operated gas system tube sits atop the barrel, but here it is just for show. The ATI StG44 uses an effective straight-blowback system of operation, which is standard for the .22 LR. And don’t forget other authentic touches, like the wooden stock and long, curved magazine.

How did the rimfire replica run on the range? To find out more, check out the November 2013 issue of Rifle Firepower, available on newsstands and digitally August 13, 2013. To subscribe, go to http://riflefirepower.com/subscribe.

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