From Hugo Schmeisser to Hill & Mac Gunworks to PSA, the saga of the modern Sturmgewehr 44 has entered another chapter and is on the cusp of factory production. 

Legendary for its key role in firearms history, the original MP 43/MP 44/StG 44, chambered in the 7.92x33mm Kurz intermediate cartridge, when it first hit the field in 1943 during World War II was a technological game changer that helped jump-start the next generation of infantry weapons used in the second half of the 20th Century. Out of factory production since 1945, the rugged stamped sheet-metal carbine continues to pop up in conflicts around the globe and spark the imagination through constant appearances in film and games

 

The MP 43/MP 44/StG 44 series was used by both sides in the latter years of World War II, with the Germans making them and subsequently losing many on the battlefield. Post-war, it became a commonly encountered weapon in use by Soviet proxies in Asia and Africa, with the latter supplied from captured German stocks. This meant American Special Forces Weaponsmen of the 1960s and 70s had to be familiar with them. 

 

With so much obvious desire for anything even close to the old StG, it should be of no surprise that GSG in Germany has been making a .22LR replica for years and PTR even imported a small and reportedly cranky batch of centerfire guns made by Sport-System Dittrich, dubbed the PTR-44, in 2012.

This brings us to Hill & Mac Gunworks of Alpharetta, Georgia, a small gunmaker that had been working on an updated semi-auto Sturmgewehr clone made with modern techniques complete with a threaded barrel, a long stroke piston operating tilting bolt action, an HK style trigger pack, wooden furniture, and the possibility of being chambered in 5.56 NATO, 7.62x39mm, .300 AAC Blackout, or the original 7.92 Kurz-- the latter is still in production by Privi Partisan in Europe.

They planned short (StG K) and carbine-length models as well as a StG P pistol variant, with a STANAG pattern magazine well. The preorder price was to be in the $1,799-$1,959 range, depending on which option.

Well, while HMG did sell some generationally similar CETME-L builds a few years back and marketed some reactive steel targets, their Sturmgewehr never made it to serial production and by 2020 the project largely fell off the radar after the company went radio silent. 

Until now. 

Popping up at Palmetto State Armory's booth at SHOT Show last week was Mac Steil, the "M" of HMG, with news that PSA had stepped in to bring the project across the finish line. Advancing to the production stage, HMG customers that had preordered it from them back in the day will still get their HMG-marked gun while new guns for PSA will be under that company's new "Battlefield" series. 

The StG will still be offered in all four HMG calibers, use a STANAG mag pattern, and still runs an HK trigger pack. Caliber can be swapped by the user via a mag, barrel, and bolt change. There will also be things such as BFAs for reenactors, folding stock models, and more planned for the future. 

 

PSA STG 44
That trigger pack is an HK drop-in pattern and can accept binary triggers. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)
PSA STG 44
Rather than the funky German thread pattern from 1943, the new StG has a muzzle thread in the more common 1/2x28TPI (5.56) and 5/8x24TPI (.300BLK, 8mm Kurz, 7.62x.39) pattern. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)
PSA STG 44
The PSA Battlefield price is undetermined but delivery is expected to begin sometime this year. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

 

"We are really excited to get this done and into users' hands," said Steil.

Video by Ben Philippi/Guns.com
 

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