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.