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. To us now, its look and feel is familiar, with its detachable box magazine, intermediate cartridge, select-fire gas operation and pistol grip, but at the time, it was the first of its kind and became the platform on which all modern battle rifles are based.
Since this was a full-auto-capable rifle and not that many were made, the few available examples in the U.S. are pretty expensive. However, German Sport Guns (GSG) is now producing a very accurate facsimile of this classic rifle chambered in .22 LR. The new StG44 is being made available in the U.S. by American Tactical Imports (ATI) to the joy of history buffs and rimfire fans alike.
Meet The GSG Version
With a few modern tweaks, GSG, which also manufactures excellent .22 LR versions of the AK-47 and the 1911, has nearly copied the original’s look down to the last rivet. The original StG44 was almost all heavy stamped steel and welded together. The GSG rifle uses a receiver made from a zinc alloy that saves some of the weight, shaving about 2 pounds off the original. Still, at over 9 pounds, it is no lightweight; however, the intent is to copy the original as much as possible.