I recently had the opportunity to review the GSG-5 from German Sport Guns, because when I saw it, I just had to go out and buy one! The GSG-5 is chambered in .22LR, and looks mistakingly like an MP5. The version we are allowed to have in New York State is the GSG-5 L, which has a 414mm barrel length. Made in Germany, the GSG-5 is imported to the US by American Tactical Imports, based in Rochester, NY. When I first read about these, I called around the area looking for them, and found one at Avon Gun and Hunting Supply, Avon, NY.

A quick glance at the firearm and you notice that it is mostly composite material, contributing to its light weight, but it does not feel cheap at all. In fact, it feels very well made. The GSG-5 comes with a 10 round magazine, a multi-tool, and a trigger lock.

Taken from GSG-5.de:




.22 lr HV

Overall length:

t855 mm

Overall height:

207 mm

Overall width:

53 mm

Barrel length:

414 mm

Rifling length:

406 mm

Number of grooves:



3.060 g

Trigger pool, approx.

2.500 g / 25 N

Mag. Capacity:

20 / 15 / 10 / 2


Semi-Auto only

Although I had some problems with magazine feeding, I believe the firearm shoots very well. It seemed to shoot straight and accurately. I think any issues that I did have was attributed to a dirty magazine, and some poor ammunition.

The obvious major benefit of a firearm like this one is that the expense of shooting is so low. At around $0.03 / round, you can shoot your GSG-5 all day long for under $10. With ammo prices up, and the economy down, the GSG-5 is a good way to plink and hone your shooting skills without breaking the bank. Of course, you could probably do the same with a Ruger 10/22 or a Remington 597, but you lose the cool factor of having a semi-automatic .22LR, styled like an MP5 submachine gun.

As for modifications there are already a great deal of add-ons for the GSG-5. From upper rails and red-dot scopes, to new stocks and lasers, there are all kinds of modifications available. So if you do not think it is cool enough out of the box (We do.), there are plenty of aftermarket options for you! ;)

Overall, I'd have to say I really enjoyed shooting my GSG-5, even if I had some minor issues :) It has the look and feel of a very sexy submachine gun, with the heart of a plinker. I would definitely recommend purchasing one of these if you enjoy target shooting, plinking, and of course, saving money. At around $600, I'm sure this will pay for itself, instead of shooting my other firearms.