[SHOT 2016] The HMG Sturmgewehr Has Arrived

    Hill & Mac Gunworks brought to the show their brand new rifle, the HMG Sturmgewehr, a reproduction of the famous German StG-44 assault rifle of World War II. The company bought prototypes of three different configurations of the new gun, the STG-N, a rifle, the STG-P, a pistol with a short 13″ barrel, and the STG-K, an SBR. All three versions will be made available in four calibers, the company said: 5.56×45, 7.62×39, .300 Blackout, and the original German 7.92×33 Kurz for the purists. The HMG Sturmgewehr is not an entirely faithful reproduction of the StG-44, differing in the location of the recoil spring, the barrel retention system, and the trigger. However, the result is a firearm that resembles an original, in a rifle caliber.

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    The guns displayed at the show were obviously very early prototype guns (they were completed only just in time for the show), and displayed some general roughness and want for polish – however, this is entirely excusable given the deadline of the SHOT Show and the ambitiousness of the project.

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    This photo shows some of the detail of the prototypes – including some of the rougher features like a welded rear sight base, and thin charging handle slot. These were necessary compromises to get the guns ready in time for the show.

    According to the pamphlet handed out by HMG, the STG-N rifle variant weighs 11 lbs, 10 oz, and will retail for $1,799, the STG-P pistol weighing 10 lbs and retailing for the same, and the STG-K SBR weighing 11 lbs and retailing for $1,959.99. These prices are of course high, but still quite a lot less thanĀ an original StG-44 would be, or even some previous attempts at bringing a reproduction to the US market.

    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. He can be reached via email at [email protected]


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