HMG StG-44 Shipping Dates Announced – Coming This Month

Your chance to own a semiauto reproduction StG-44 is coming soon: Hill & Mac Gunworks recently announced that the first of their Sturmgewehr rifles would be shipping before the end of this month. In an announcement made through the latest InRange TV Question & Answer Session with the company, HMG founder Mac Steil explained that series production of the Sturmgewehr has, at long last, begun, and that the first rifles will be shipping to pre-order customers before the end of August. Further, he stated that HMG would be publishing a Sturmgewehr release calendar, so that preorder customers could figure out when exactly their rifles would ship based on their preorder dates.

In the video with InRange, Mac talks about the long journey from conception to production of the HMG Sturmgewehr, and in particular how the HMG CETME-L served as a “dry run” for the project. The CETME-L, Mac said, is similar in construction to the Sturmgewehr, but since the weapons were built off parts kits the overall size of the project was much smaller. Although many worried the CETME would delay the Sturmgewehr, Mac stated very directly that reality was the exact opposite: The team built critical experience making CETME-L receivers that later was applied to the Sturmgewehr – everything from bending techniques to shipping and deliveries would prove valuable to making the eventual StG project go more smoothly.

Nathaniel F

Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. In addition to contributing to The Firearm Blog, he runs 196,800 Revolutions Per Minute, a blog devoted to modern small arms design and theory. He is also the author of the original web serial Heartblood, which is being updated and edited regularly. He can be reached via email at


  • Guy

    No Glock mags? I’ll pass.

    • Kurt

      No Glock mags LMAO

  • Giolli Joker

    Hopefully with proper welds.

    • ostiariusalpha

      Don’t you want a genuine reproduction with lead soldered locking shoulder?

      • Ryfyle

        More reasons A Full-auto M1 leaves the STG-44 as a curio Meme gun.

        • ostiariusalpha

          You can call it an M2, we’ll understand what you mean. The one thing the StG had going for it over the M1/M2 was a better magazine design, much less prone to causing malfs.

    • Longhaired Redneck

      How do you weld a Glock magazine together?

      • Evil_Bonsai

        Hot glue gun.

  • Johnsmyname

    What caliber is it?

    • Mr._Exterminatus

      It’s comes in several calibers, and you can convert between them all with conversion kits. It comes in: 7.62×39, 7.92×33 (8mm kurz), 5.56, and .300 blackout.

      • Johnsmyname

        Wow, neat!

        • Mr._Exterminatus

          MSRP from Hill&Mac is $1800

          • PK

            That’s substantially lower than I was expecting. For such a small company and the amount of tooling needing to be made for this sort of production… that’s quite impressive!

          • Sunshine_Shooter

            Agreed. I figured $2500 would be a decent price, and might even keep them in business. Under 2 grand and in any caliber you’d actually want? If this isn’t super successful then I don’t want to live on this planet anymore.

          • PK

            No kidding!

          • disqus_q2cysxv2DF

            So what are they going for?

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      • Timmah_timmah

        Oh damn that’s brilliant

    • Vitor Roma

      .300BLK seems ideal, very similar out of barrel energy with better ballistics.

  • CETME-L is one of the two pivots around the end of an independent Spanish small military arms turn. The other is AMELI, of course

    sound designs with outrageus and even obscene savings in materials 🙁

    • john huscio

      Sad that the spanish firearms industry is all but dead now…(no more star, llama, ect)

      • ostiariusalpha

        It really did seem like it was going to be completely extinct. Thankfully, Bergara seems to being carrying on the legacy of Spanish firearms manufacturing.

  • Herr Wolf

    Ich will

  • Skeptik

    When will we see the hammer test?

  • Brett baker


    • Flounder

      It would probably just be 6.5 grendel… or 6.5 creedmore.

      • DW

        6.5 Swede.
        Oh yes.

  • Mr._Exterminatus

    The inrangetv Q&A’s with Mac from Hill&Mac are fascinating, they take you through a lot of the problems they encountered when redesigning the weapon, and figuring out how to mass produce it.

  • Cal.Bar

    While I really am pulling for these guys, am I the only one suspicious considering the last video of this thing was on MAC when it malfunctioned. I have YET to see a single video (at least on Youtube) of a single magazine of any caliber being successfully run through this thing? And NOW they are in full production mode? Seems to me that the should hand one over to MAC and others to get a testing before they do that. I’d sure hate to be one of the “lucky few” beta testers who paid $1800 (two years ago) for the privilege of sending this thing back to the factory.

    • Weaver

      There is a video on their Facebook page I believe. The vid MAC did was kind of like an update. HMG was still working on getting it reliable for the consumer.

      • Cal.Bar

        My point exactly. A bit premature to be going to full production when they are still trying to “get it reliable”

        • Roguewriter

          Yeah, because there’s no chance they could’ve done that in the almost 6 months since MAC did that video.

          • Lee Enfield

            Yeah and we all know how hard it is to post a video of doing a series of mag dumps. It’s not like someone could just take a video on their phone and hit the upload button….oh wait…

            I’m with Cal.Bar ….. hopeful but quite skeptical.

            Either way it will take a least a years worth of it good reports from users before I would buy. But if that happens…I will buy.

        • Alexandru Ianu

          Check their Instagram/Facebook – they posted multiple updates. For the technical specifics, InRange TV has a series of very long interviews that also touch on the details of what reliability problems they encountered, including a very recent one after they finished all the dev work.

  • Dan

    Nathaniel, I googled for a bit and didn’t find anything: What is the SIG project?

    • LAMan

      It’s StG (Sturmgewehr), but the “t” looks a LOT like an “i.” I double-clutched on the same term….

      • Dan

        Aww geez. I thought maybe these guys we’re going do the PE-57 or 550.

    • Roguewriter

      MP-43, MP-44, StG-44. All versions of the same gun. When demonstrated for Hitler, he had them change the designation from MP to StG.

      • Jason Culligan

        It was originally called the MKb.42 or Automatic Carbine 1942. When the automatic carbine project was shelved, updated MKb.42 prototypes were submitted to a competition to seek a replacement for the non-standard SMG’s in German service. That’s where the MP 43 name came from.

        The designers were that determined to get what would become the StG into production.

  • codfilet

    kinda want…..

  • lowell houser

    Oh, great, just in time for Civil War 2: Race War Boogaloo.

  • Twilight sparkle

    Just in time for all the rich kids that will play cod WWII to ask their dad for one.

    • Alexandru Ianu

      It’s only around $1.8K, not that expensive.

      • Twilight sparkle

        Relatively speaking no, I just remember a few spoiled kids asking their fathers for a kolibri a few months ago because of another video game. Plus most of those kids were around 16 and were still to immature to be trusted with a firearm imo.

        • neoritter

          To be fair, if they had a gun, a kolibri would probably be the least dangerous for those around them.

      • Anthony “stalker6recon”

        I have not seen this rifle/story often, since I live in the Philippines, I haven’t kept up. Will it be a milled receiver, or stamped? For that price, milling should be absolute, but I have a feeling that they will be stamped, and the price is based on the popularity of the rifle, not the quality, if that is indeed the price.

  • Dickie

    What caliber is this in? 8mm kurtz??

    • Paul Rain

      It’s in everything you want – 7.62×39, 5.56×45, 300 Blackout, and 8mm Kurtz if you’re oldschool.

      Unfortunately, I don’t believe they intend to produce one in 7.62×51- which might have actually happened if the US had joined the war on the side fighting against the ideology that killed 95 million people.

      • Brett baker

        7.62×63, our ordnance guys, like Hitler, believed in the full(over)-powered cartridge.

      • No one

        Yeah, we clearly should’ve sided with the Nazis because those guys never did anything wrong! Aside from wanting total domination and being literally fueled by Genocide.

        I’m sure the fact we’d be allied with the same people who did a sneak attack on our own nation and were busy themselves trying to tie up the score with the Nazis as the most evil empire to ever exist would’ve gone over swimmingly! Just to get back at dem dere commiez!

        Or wait, no, the opposite of that, get out of here you Nazi Apologist —-bag.

        • TSA_TheSexualAssault

          What about Hitler’s dream of a Jewish State, on Madagascar? That’s not genocide, just ethnic cleansing.

    • Bad John

      That is 7.9mm Kurz.

  • Paul Rain

    I’m sorry, but this fails to correct the greatest failing of the original.

    No bayonet lug.

    • Did the original have one? IIRC, the Stg lacked one because in the development cycle it transitioned from “new primary rifle” to “supplementary” automatic rifle.

    • Iggy

      Considering you could cause malfunctions in the original by squeezing the receiver, I don’t think it was up for bayonet use.

  • Kurt Ingalls

    I have the .22 by GSG and it may weigh a lot but it’s the most fun you can have with your pants ON….. just sayin’ 🙂

  • NanoSuitUser059 .

    Now we just need a binary trigger system for this.

    • lowell houser

      Uses a standard HK trigger pack. Franklin Armory announced theirs at NRA show this year.

  • lowell houser

    I’m torn on this one. On the one hand, I’ve been following the saga of
    this thing for literally years, and it’s been interesting from a
    technical standpoint listening to all the different discoveries made
    about the original design that were uncovered in the efforts to reverse
    engineer it.On the other hand, you just know that those Traditionalist
    Workers Party a-holes that tossed a poison pill in the Alt-Right well in
    Charlottesville are going to start open carrying these things. Yep,
    shipping just in time for Civil War 2: Race War Boogaloo. Timing could not be worse.

    • ostiariusalpha

      And if you buy this rifle then you’ll automatically be suspected of being a TWP supporter. Yay.

  • No one

    Holocaust Denier, Nazi apologist, and now Someone who blames the war on Poland not giving up “East Prussia” as the start of the war and not Germany (who were clearly just saving Europe from COMMIEZ and not ungdergoing a war of dominance and eradication) along with blind Japanese apologist actually calls someone else retarded.

    Irony News reports on this record breaking case at 11.

    • TSA_TheSexualAssault

      National Socialists are equal to AntiFa: no speaking freely. The current versions of Natsi’s and AntiFas are not different in their hearts.

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  • Treyh007

    Pretty damn cool, I’ve been following this story for a while and haven’t seen a lot of serious interest in this, yea it’s cool and all but in this falling gun market will it make it? What’s the MSRP on these? I hope these guys can bring this in at a competitive price, as much time and money they’ve spent rolling this out I have a feeling it might be overpriced……. anybody know pricing details?


      Its around $1500 iirc, which is very inexpensive considering it had to be redesigned and made from scratch. For someone reason Colt can’t make a retro AR for under $2.5k despite having produced the things for over 40 years.

      In fact, since it has no competition in current manufacture, and PTR-44s go for $5-6k or $20-30k for an original, it would be difficult to overpriced.

      • Treyh007

        Well if that’s the case then they should be able to move these, I just find it hard to believe they’ll be that cheap….. with all the R&D, tooling, retooling, retooling Again. Lol. If 1500 is true then they’ll be ok. I wonder if they could team up with Century Arms or someone similar to get these out the door and at a potential cheaper price.

    • Mr._Exterminatus

      They’re $1800, you can order one on their website.

  • Jeff Heeszel

    Will they be making a black powder muzzle loading version for California?

  • Don Ward

    I see being an anti-American traitor who is laughably ignorant of basic history is fashionable again.

    • I’ve studied pre WWII and WWII history for many years and I can say he has no clue what prompted the Japanese to attach Pearl Harbor. Yes we cut off Japans oil. Why? They invaded Manchuria and killed millions and turned those that lived into slaves.
      Actually the insane megalomaniac in Germany did have a plan to invade the US after a bombing campaign. He intended to build the “America Bomber” which was a six engine very large aircraft that carried a huge amount of fuel and because of that a small bomb load. They were defeated before the bomber could be built in anything but a prototype.

      • Don Ward

        It was pretty obvious that Nazi Germany was preparing itself for a war against the United States even before Dec. 7. We were already engaged in conflict with Donitz’s U-boats in the Atlantic and had the USS Reuben James sunk by a German sub in October of 1941. And it was Hitler who declared war on the United States first. Not the other way around. Thanks for cleaning up the trash here Phil. Moderating comments isn’t always glamorous.

        • Brett baker

          For accuracy’s sake the Rueben James shot 1st.

  • Ryfyle

    Tilting bolt is a meme lock-up. Rotating bolt is here to stay.

  • Lawrence Williams

    It’s a shame it just doesn’t look like a stg-44. It looks hideous!

  • Rogertc1

    German Sport Gun STG-44 22 Long Rifle is a heck of a copy that is under 400 including a neat wood crate made by the Amish. Same weight and size.