Another good report on a GSG .22 AK...


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Hokkmike
April 12, 2010, 12:55 PM
I love to shoot AK's.

I know that the GSG .22 is merely a "look a-like" and not a true functioning AK. But what fun. And, what a great look alike it is. Also, I used several brands of AMMO, some included in that was not HV as designated for the gun, with absolutely no hitches.

Result - I fired off several hundred rounds for the price of a box of 6.2x39's!

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1KPerDay
April 12, 2010, 01:42 PM
Post a pic and more info please. :)

JTH
April 12, 2010, 01:54 PM
Yeah I've came across this .22 AK, pretty cool looking. Are mags available that will take more than 25 rnds.
I just don't know if I could justify the price when I could buy Romy WASR w/black synthetic stock w/ extras for $349 or a Draco pistol for the same price. I saw these on the Classic Arms site. Throw in shipping and FFL dealer charge for paper work, it should end up at about $400-$425.
Now if money wasn't an issue, I'd already have one. If you could get clips that take more than 25 rounds, it would just increase the fun but I imagine the clips aren't cheap.

Hokkmike
April 12, 2010, 02:15 PM
Post a pic and more info please.

I don't know about pics. What more info would you want?

1KPerDay
April 12, 2010, 04:36 PM
Is it a new gun? currently manufactured? where? What's it look like?

Hokkmike
April 12, 2010, 08:29 PM
Is it a new gun? currently manufactured? where? What's it look like?

Mine is used but bought ANIB from a PA Gun Owners Firearms Association member. (same deal as our classifieds here)

Yes, they are currently manufactured in Germany and imported to the US under American Tactical Imports. They are distributed from Rochester, NY and have dealers all over the country. One of there biggest is in Idaho I believe. Once you type in ATI or GSG (German Sporting Gun the name will crop up all over the place)

It looks exactly like a traditional AK, except that the middle of the 24 round magazine shows a cut away so you can see the available bullet round count that is left to fire.

Google GSG AK .22 or (the more popular it seems) GSG-5 and you will find TONS of pictures.

I have owned many AK's and this has the best fit and finish of them all. Of course it is a .22 so some parts are aluminum and there are some heavy plastic fittings. (sames as on the AR's)

The only all metal AR in .22 has been the Colt and it has had scores of problems. I know that the WASR.22's are metal and a replica of the WASR10's. I have shot many of the 6.2x39's and (no offense) consider them to be very low end. I do not know if the .22's are any better.

Hope this answers some of your questions.

Hokkmike
April 12, 2010, 08:37 PM
Yeah I've came across this .22 AK, pretty cool looking. Are mags available that will take more than 25 rnds.
I just don't know if I could justify the price when I could buy Romy WASR w/black synthetic stock w/ extras for $349 or a Draco pistol for the same price. I saw these on the Classic Arms site. Throw in shipping and FFL dealer charge for paper work, it should end up at about $400-$425.Now if money wasn't an issue, I'd already have one. If you could get clips that take more than 25 rounds, it would just increase the fun but I imagine the clips aren't cheap.

Not to be smart but technically they are magazines not clips. I have been corrected on that in the past. I mean no offense to you. As far as I know 24 is the biggest available magazine. If I recall correctly they cost about $60 each. (I am not sure exactly) These guns are available on GB for $330, $350, and $375, but then you add shipping, dealer cut, instant check, and tax. Well, you see how it goes.

I got this as a retirement gift to myself. I can shoot for hours and not feel the pinch. I still have some big caliber stuff to enjoy the noise and push against my shoulder. Thanks for your post.

The Romys are OK IF YOU GET A GOOD ONE. But, they would still be much more expensive to shoot.

tatwell
April 13, 2010, 06:09 AM
I'm glad to see that someone else has one of these.I have the wood stock version, not the black plastic stock model. I paid $364 OTD for mine. I'll put some photos up later for those who might be interested. I've posted my impressions before, and I really think that this rifle is a sleeper.

I looked mine over thoroughly before I bought it, and even more so after I got in home. It seems to be well built and functions flawlessly with every brand of ammo I've tried. I know that I'll eventually have some feed problems, but that's to be expected now and then. I have not tried subsonics, but I have some 60 grain Aquila's that I am going to try next. One thing about ammo...if you read the owners manual, you'll see that GSG recommends high velocity ammo only. I have not found that to be 100% true, standard velocity works just fine for me.

I do have a few complaints...one is that the rear sight doesn't have any windage adjustment, however I guess i got lucky in that mine didn't need any windage correction.

Another complaint, only on the wood stock model, is that there isn't a butt plate. I'm going to make one for mine as soon as I get around to it. Lastly, they did not put a rear sling mount on it. I did that myself, in just a few minutes, but still I wish it had came from the factory. The front sling attachment is part of the molded fake gas chamber. I guess it would be strong enough, but I installed a 3 point rail mount and used a rail mount sling attachment. I think the rail mount was less than $10, and works great. I found a light at the John Deere place that would fit in scope rings, so I installed the light under the barrel, for night

One thing that may be a problem for some is that the rifle weighs 9 1/2 pounds. That's pretty heavy, but it hasn't been a problem for me.

Regarding the magazines...as far as I know the reduced capacity magazines are all the same physical size, they just put a pin in it to prevent loading more rounds. The magazines are well built, and extras are readily available although a bit pricey. I bought my spare from Midway, I think the cost is a little than $40 dollars, although I have heard that you can get them a little cheaper from other places. Since I really don't need a 24 round magazine all the time, so I have taken one of mine apart to see how it's made, and I think I can easily cut it down to a 10 rounder. A side note, I have some of those action proving dummy rounds, and I tested both magazines. I worked the action slowly, and I worked it as fast as I could, and never had any kind of a failure. Of course this isn't a perfect test, but firing live ammo worked just as well, even hollow points fed fine.

I would definitely buy it again, at the same price. If I was limited to one rifle, then I would buy a SIG522, if I had the extra money to do so. I will eventually buy a SIG, but I don't feel at all handicapped with the GSG.

I would advise anyone who is interested in this rifle, to do a search and read some of the test reports and reviews that are out there. I bought mine without knowing anything at all about it, and at first I was afraid that I might have a bad purchase, but I found several tests. And other than the points I mentioned, they were uniformly positive. One exceptionally interesting test report was a 1000 round in one range visit. Funny thing, and I've seen this on other products, I never found a negative report by anyone who actually owned one. Some could be out there, but I couldn't find any.

So, it's heavy, it's ugly, it's not going to appeal to everyone, and it works great for me. My opinion only, and worth every penny it cost's. I'll get some pics up soon. I have to see how one posts photos before I can do it.

1KPerDay
April 13, 2010, 12:18 PM
Thankas for the report. Looking forward to pics.

tatwell
April 15, 2010, 05:58 AM
Here's a few pics, you'll have to forgive the quality. I didn't have much time so I just set it up as best as I could. This should give you an idea about the appearance of the rifle. One thing to be aware of...the wood is actually darker than it appears. As for the wood itself, I seem to have read that it is some sort of European birch, which is a little soft. I am toying with redoing the wood work out of some other wood, but that's a project for another day. One of the pics shows the tri-rail mount with the sling and light. As you can see, this rifle is as I described...big and ugly.

nathan
April 15, 2010, 08:42 AM
I got to see one at Arms Room in League City, Texas. It was a fine looking piece but way overpriced around $500 plus. But its unique in style. THe Armscor made is nothing compared to this one.

Hokkmike
April 15, 2010, 09:14 AM
tatwell - thanks for the assist with the pictures. Nathan, nobdy is paying $500 for these that I know of. They are going on GB for $350. I have seen them as low as $330. Got mine "out the door" for $400.

nathan
April 15, 2010, 10:26 AM
Just way off topic from the OP, my only semi .22 LR is a Walther G 22 bullpup. I got this from a trade with my brother. I only use open sights for now and its not as accurate as i would like to see it. But im planning to mount a Bushnell rimfire scope later. I hope the groups will tighten up. And oh yeah i tried disassembling this thing to clean and lubricate and the small springs got lost. I was cursing ..LOL. I had to call Walther USA and they sent me several replacements for free.

YEsterday ive shot several Remington subsonics and it cycled flawlessly. I thought at first subsonics dont cycle well bec its low powered.

1KPerDay
April 15, 2010, 02:18 PM
cool. thanks for the pics

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