Shooting the ATI .22LR MP40

ATI showed up at the Blue August Gun and Outdoor Conference with one of their spiffy new .22LR MP40 clones. The first few thousand will ship in an Amish made wooden transit chest, which is just too cool:


Now I know what you a thinking, and yes, you can pull the barrel and SBR it if you want. The fake can comes right off and barrel removal is easy:



A real MP40 will cost you $14,000 and up (albeit you can find tube guns for $10,000 or so) but this gem will only run you $500.

So how does it shoot?

Well being as how .22LR is still hard to get ahold of, we all only got 15 rounds or so. That said I was happy to step up to the firing line:


Also, our friend Chris gave it a go right after myself:


All in all we hit what we were aiming at, but I was too excited to really focus and try to group the gun to the extent of my ability:


The weight and feel of the gun is awesome, it is well constructed, and the folding stock mechanism is fantastic. The only complaint I have is that the trigger has a whole bunch of creep and then a mushy feel when you can tell the hammer is about to fly forward.

That said, we look forward to doing a full review in the near future!


Alex C.

Alex is a Senior Writer for The Firearm Blog and Director of TFBTV.


  • Maxpwr

    Does the fake can hold the front sight on? I know it’s not a real MP40 so probably shouldn’t be complaining, but the fake suppressor detracts from the look, in my opinion. Nothing really historically accurate about that. A blued barrel extending for 16″ would be better than a fake can on the end. Just wondering if it keeps the front sight on or is that done some other way that allows you to remove it and blue it yourself if you wanted to.

    • Fake can does not interfere w/ sight.

      Of course the can detracts from the look, but it allows it to be imported and sold to other people without the NFA process.

      • Maxpwr

        Well, the 16″ barrel underneath the fake suppressor allows it to be imported. Doesn’t look like the fake suppressor does anything to add length. Thanks for the info.

      • gettindeep

        Mine just arrived. The bolt is stiff and wont retract 50% of the time without a lot of effort. Did you experience any of that?

  • iksnilol

    It does look nice. Legally I would get this instead of a real MP40, illegally I would go for the real deal.

    Also, can you guys (in the USA) get the Saiga-22? I see that people in the UK can get it. Not sure if it has been approved for hunting in Norway.

    • No, i did not know that people in the UK can get the Saiga-22. Infact, I didn’t know people from the UK could get guns, period!

      • iksnilol

        Are you in the UK? Cause you can own semi auto rimfire (.22 LR, .17 HMR and the like) and straight pull rifles. Mags aren’t restricted except for shotguns (2+1 capacity for shotgun license, higher capacity for firearm license).

        I am currently in Norway BTW.

        • Thanks for the info, and no, I’m not British. I’m American, and my nationality is Irish. But enough about me; the real question here is “are Britain’s gun laws better than California’s?”

          • iksnilol

            Hahahaha, good God no. California has it way better than the UK in regards to guns.

          • Good to know. Nice meetin’ ya.

          • Duly Noted.

        • Micki Mahoney

          No .17 HMR semi-autos in the UK, unfortunately. The law stipulates .22 rimfire only and was written before the .17 HMR existed.

  • I don’t really see the point in semi-auto smg’s. Full auto(at least to me) is one of the main draws to them. Btw, what would make a full auto mp40 made in 1940, less deadly than if it was made in 2014?

    • What point are you trying to make?

      • I’m trying(emphasize trying) to say the Hughes Amendment is bullshit. And giving my humble opinion on semi-auto smg’s/carbines. Sorry if I come a tad off color to you, but I’m new here.

        • iksnilol

          I dislike Hughes’ amendement too but this blog is non-political.

          • okay. This’ll be my first and only offence.

          • iksnilol

            Not an offence, it’s just people come here to avoid politics. As long as you don’t go full wingnut or “rabble-rabble” you should be okay. We even have cookies… not really but I wanted to say something nice and comforting.

  • hami

    There was talk of a “pistol” version with a stock welded shut and no fake suppressor on the end. Was there any information on that model at the conference?

    • No, but they said they are doing that.

  • jake

    Make one in 9mm!

    • Would not be importable.

      • What’s stopping an American company from making a 9mm semi-auto MP40 clone?

        • Nobody would buy one.

          • Zachary marrs

            I guess im nobody

          • UCSPanther

            I’m another nobody. A semi-auto 9mm MP40 would be the cat’s meow in my books.

          • DW

            Even Polish PPS-43 “pistols” have buyers.

        • Maxpwr

          If they priced in the area of a 9mm AR-15 I’d buy one in a heartbeat, but doubtful you can make one here for that cost. Not a huge market, but there’d be enough interest.

  • TheRealDan

    seem like this and the stg are for those who like to play nazi. No good reason to pick this over a 10/22 or mp15-22

    • Zachary marrs

      Are you really trying to tell me a 10/22 and mp15-22 are cooler than a mp40 and stg44?

    • UCSPanther

      You could make the same argument with the Mini 14 vs the M1 carbine.