GSG-5 SD: The story behind the gun

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

American Tactical Imports will be selling the GSG-5 rifle in an SD configuration. The SD is patterned after the MP5-SD, a suppressed variant of the MP5. The main difference between the SD and the standard GSG-5 lies in the bigger stouter fore grip which is patterned after the MP5-SD integral suppressor and a fake over-barrel suppressor. It will be available in April/May as a complete rifle and later in the year as a conversion kit.

What is really cool is how the gun came into existence. Chris from ATI told me that last year after the original GSG-5 was introduced they noticed many people on the GSG forum voiding their warranty to achieve the SD look. Late last year they flew to the GSG HQ in Germany to discuss these modifications. They worked out a plan.

This is a fantastic example of a company listening to it’s customers. I wish more gun companies would do this.

MP5SD3. Photo from Wikipedia.
Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson

I founded TFB in 2007 and over 10 years worked tirelessly, with the help of my team, to build it up into the largest gun blog online. I retired as Editor in Chief in 2017. During my decade at TFB I was fortunate to work with the most amazing talented writers and genuinely good people!

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  • Brandon Brandon on Sep 28, 2011


    its not used. I just bought my GSG-5 Carbine for $290 off of that site. I dont know why there are different prices for the same gun. I mean, the 290$ version is the same exact one as the 400$ version, it's weird. They might go through different dealers so maybe they just show the same gun from different dealers ad different prices maybe? I dunno. I bought mine off of too! go through them, they are great!!!

    • Riz Riz on Oct 20, 2011

      @Brandon Brandon...the differences can be found in the receiver material construction. You can purchase a lightweight (plastic receiver) gsg-522 or the standard weight model. The standard model is difficult to find for less than $400.

      And guys... gsg-5s are no longer sold...they are gsg-522s...whether metal or plastic receiver!

  • Hector Hector on Apr 04, 2012

    I work at Dicks and purchased GSG522SD. Look great and operates well. My concern was the windage adjustment for the back sights. Aneyway the shot pattern was ugly so i purchase a Truglo red/green dot . wait and se...

    • Nate Nate on Apr 15, 2012

      @Hector Hector, I did the same thing but I haven't been able to shoot it yet since I got the truglo sight. Have you been able to shoot it? How did it go? how difficult was it to sight in the truglo. I also just ordered this 4 position collapsible stock.