Hello and welcome back to another edition of The Rimfire Report. In this ongoing series we discover, review and discuss anything and everything surrounding the rimfire firearm world. This week we’re going to look at the five 22LR replicas you can put on your wishlist.
The Rimfire Report: 5 22LR Replicas to Put on Your Plinking Wish list
ATI GSG STG-44 Sturmgewehr
Many consider the StG-44 to be the grandfather to the modern intermediate cartridge service rifles. The StG-44 was introduced late in WWII and had many features that we still use today such as detachable box magazines, an intermediate rifle cartridge, and select-fire capability.
American Tactical Imports/ German Sports Guns (GSG) has a replica of the venerated StG-44 that features a 25-round detachable box magazine, wood furniture and is topped off with a wooden crate to give you an authentic experience. GSG has taken care to make the 22LR version of their StG-44 as close to the real thing as possible.
- Model #: Schmeisser STG-44
- Mfg. Item #: GERGSTG44
- Type: Rifle
- Action: Semi-Automatic
- Caliber: 22 Long Rifle
- Barrel: 16.5″
- Capacity: 25+1
- Safety: Lever
- Rear Sights: Elevation & Windage Adjustable
- Front Sight: Adjustable Height
- Forend / Pistol Grip: Metal / Wood
- Stock: Wood
- Weight: 9.5 Lbs.
- Finish: Black (Other options available)
The STG-44 ships with two 25 round magazines and ships with a wooden crate. MSRP for the STG-44 starts at $579.99.
Keystone Sporting ARMS KSA 91/30 Mini Mosin
The Mosin Nagant has a bit of a mixed reputation among the TFB/TFBTV community. Lovingly (or spitefully) referred to as the “Garbage Rod” or “Sh*t Stick” the Mosin Nagant in its original configuration is cheap but painful to use service bolt-action rifle.
The KSA 91/30 Mini Mosin was released last year during NRAAM 2019 and features a black walnut stock, 20″ blued barrel and looks nearly identical to the original rifle aside from the drastically reduced size.
The KSA 91/30 is based on the KSA Crickett series of rifles. So while you won’t get the full Mosin experience (which includes horrible reloading, feeding, shooting, and cycling) you’ll get some good fun plinking with this miniaturized version of the historic rifle. The KSA 91/30 Mini Mosin has an MSRP of $399.00.
Tippmann Arms M4-22 Classic
If you’re looking for a great trainer 22LR that will accept nearly all modern AR-15 parts, look no further. The Tippmann Arms M4-22 Classic is the real deal. The M4-22 has the look, feel and ergonimics of the real Colt M4 and is great for a fun day of plinking or a cheap way to train without swapping out bolt carrier groups and magazines.
The M4-22 Classic comes optics ready but also comes with adjustable flip-up sights. The rifle also features a functional forward assist, 1/2×28 threaded barrel, bayonet lug, and 25 round magazine. The M4-22 also takes down exactly like an AR-15 and this has to be the closest small-caliber analog to the real thing out there.
The Tippmann Arms M4-22 Classic retails for an MSRP of $569.95.
Walther H&K MP5 A5 22LR Tactical
If you’re trying to scratch that sub-machine gun itch but don’t want to spend the money on the ammo or the gun, you can take a look at the only genuine H&K rimfire replica available in the world. The Walther H&K MP5 22LR comes complete with a Umarex made rifle, one 25-round magazine, sight adjustment tool and even the famous “HK Slap.”
The rifle weighs in at an empty weight of 5.9 lbs, total length is 16.1″, and the sights are adjustable for both windage and elevation. The MSRP for the Walther H&K MP5 A5 22LR starts at $369.99. This one might tide you over till you can afford an SP5.
Walther / H&K G36 Tactical 22LR
Introduced during the 2015 SHOT Show, the Walther H&K G36 tops this list for me. Somewhat of a unicorn in the United States, the G36 rifle is one of those quintessential “bad guy” guns from the early 90’s movies we’ve all wanted to shoot.
The G36 operates off a simple blowback bolt assembly and functions exactly like a real G36. The ergonimics perfectly replicate the completely ambidextrous features of the rifle such as the reciprocating charging handle, threaded barrel, and folding stock.
The G36 in 22LR is available from various retailers and has an MSRP of $525.00.
What’s on your list?
These are just 5 of my personal recommendations for replica 22 rifles out there. Let us know what’s currently on your list or if some of the ones from this list are already in your inventory. One rifle I wish I could have featured on this list is the TSV-1 featured previously on The Rimfire Report by fellow writer Hrachya H. This rifle isn’t currently in production and isn’t for sale so it didn’t make the list.
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