American Tactical GSG-16 .22LR Video Overview


Graham Baates with the ATI GSG-16 by Teya Freeman

U.S.A. – -( What 12 gauge has in feasible load application .22lr has in feasible basic application.  The .22lr has for decades been the go-to round for teaching new shooters, plinking, pest manage, and very affordable shooting.  American Tactical has a new alternative for fans of the MP-five style of rifle in the kind of the GSG-16.  This model is an update to an earlier version and supplies some refinements to the action as effectively as cosmetic modifications.

The new GSG-16 has a light-weight plastic really feel to it that tends to make it far more welcoming to youth and new shooters alike.  The handguard has been revamped to consist of a quad rail and adjustable buttstock serves to hold a spare magazine.  A barrel shroud adds some balancing weight upfront and provides the look of a suppressor.  The security selector is also a lot a lot easier to activate and deactivate than earlier models and in contrast to a true MP-five is inside attain of most standard hand sizes.  Of course, the huge query with semiautomatic .22lr rifles is constantly reliability and American Tactical’s item web page warns to use only higher-velocity ammunition with a speed above 1260fps and bullet weight of 30-40gr.

Eager to see how the gun runs, and if it runs outdoors of these parameters we, of course, ran our, “What’s For Dinner?” test which integrated rounds as light as 20gr and as heavy as 60gr.  Most of the specialty rounds came from Aguila Ammunition, but Remington, Federal, and CCI have been also tested.  To see what the GSG-16 eats watch the shooting impressions video beneath.

Characteristics and specifications beneath are straight from the Item internet web page:

“…Based off of the classic GSG 22 caliber rifle operating technique, the GSG-16 options various enhancements to give it a dashing new appear for the subsequent generation of shooters.  The GSG-16 options a newly created collapsable stock that also serves as an more magazine storage compartment for either higher or low capacity magazines. The re-created forend options typical picatinny rails mounted onto an MLOK style hand guard.  The cocking tube assembly options an ambidextrous charging manage so you can swich up charging rounds to meet your comfort style.  Ultimately, the redesigned front and rear sight have been simplified and streamlined to give the shooter more rapidly target acquisition more than prior GSG models…


  • .22LR (Higher Velocity advisable, 1260fps advisable)
  • 34 1/4″ General length with stock totally extended
  • 28 1/2″ General length with stock totally collapsed
  • 16 1/4″ Barrel six grooves
  • five.84 lbs Unloaded
  • five.5lb Trigger
  • Collapsible Stock with additional Magazine storage compartment
  • 22 Round Magazine (Functions with GSG-five/522 Stick &amp Rotary Magazines)
  • Ambidextrous Charging Manage
  • Rapid Acquisition Front &amp Rear Sight
  • Faux Suppressor
  • Picatinny Rails on MLOK handguard
  • Polymer Receiver”

In spite of the suppliers warning on sticking with mid-weight, higher-velocity rounds we discovered that when clean and lubricated the GSG-16 would run most ammunition.  The plastic really feel of a practically all-polymer gun did not detract from the enjoyment.  We did practical experience some wobble in the way our Osprey reflex sight mounted, but not in resting state, just in that the rail seemed torque-in a position.  I do not contemplate this a detraction as the gun is not 1 that will practical experience torque, nor 1 that I count on to be performing any extended-variety precision with.  It really is meant as a entertaining gun and a entertaining gun is what it is.

For a closer appear at the American Tactical GSG-16 see the tabletop assessment beneath.

Is the GSG-16 the ultimate tactical .22lr?  I do not believe so, but it really is entertaining and trustworthy and that is all I ask out of a semi-auto rifle in this caliber.  At the time this short article was written the GSG-16’s MSRP was $399.95, but a swift web search showed them obtainable at on the internet retailers for about $300.

About Graham BaatesG B Guns

“Graham Baates” is a pen name employed by a 15-year active Army veteran who spent most of his time in the tactical side of the Intelligence neighborhood like tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. Post-Army Graham spent some time in the neighborhood three-Gun circuit just before becoming a complete-time NRA Certified defensive handgun instructor and now performs as an business writer when curating a YouTube channel on the side. Check out Graham on Youtube .


Latest posts