Back in June of this year, I reviewed the GSG-5
semi-automatic .22 carbine from American Tactical
Imports. The German Sport Guns carbine is a replica
of the German MP-5 submachine gun, but with a sixteen inch
barrel and a full buttstock. Since then, shooters have eagerly
awaited the availability of the pistol version, and I have been
playing with the GSG-5PK for a few weeks now. Replicating the PK
version of the MP-5 subgun, the GSG-5PK is a fun little gun to
shoot. Perhaps “little” is not the proper term for a .22
pistol that weighs just over five pounds unloaded, but it is a
compact weapon, and the weight is there to give the feeling of
the MP-5PK 9mm submachine gun. The GSG-5PK operates just like
the carbine version, so I won’t go into all the details here,
but it is basically a blowback operated semi-automatic pistol,
feeding from a ten round single-stack magazine, but it will also
use the larger 22-round magazine from the carbine. The pistol
has no buttstock, and wears a barrel that measures approximately
four and three-quarters inches in length. The barrel barely
protrudes from the front of the handguard, which has an integral
hand stop to prevent the shooter’s fingers from getting in
front of the muzzle. The barrel is threaded for a supplied
muzzle brake, and wears a thread protector for use without the
brake. Hopefully, American Tactical Imports will supply a thread
adaptor to use standard ˝-28 threaded sound suppressors, as the
compact GSG-5PK would be just perfect with a can attached. With
the proper tools, a machine shop could thread the outside of the
thread protector to accept a can, but since this pistol does not
belong to me, I could not have that done. However, I did consult
with a machine shop about doing the work, and they expected the
job to be rather simple. Anyway, hopefully soon, a thread
adaptor will be commercially available.
The trigger pull on the sample gun was
butter-smooth, and measured four pounds, five ounces on my
trigger pull scale. It is not a crisp trigger, but more of a
very light double action feel, for lack of a better description.
Functioning was pretty good, with the occasional failure to fire
when new, but after about 75 rounds, no other malfunctions were
experienced, and the gun ran just fine. I used mostly Federal
bulk hollowpoints in the GSG-5PK, but also tried some Wolf Match
ammo for accuracy. For accuracy testing, I mounted a scope atop
a Leaper’s claw mount, and received a stellar
performance from the PK. Twenty-five yard groups were well under
one inch for ten shots, and with a better-fitting rest, I think
the accuracy would have been even better. With the rest that I
was using, the magazine was touching the adjustment lever, and
was not as solid as I would have liked. However, despite that,
the accuracy was outstanding, and I was well-pleased with the
pistol’s performance. For just monking around, as the Yoopers
say, I mounted a Trijicon Reflex
dot sight, which made plinking away at rocks and such a lot of
The GSG-5PK is easy to shoot. The controls are
uncomplicated, and the safety is ambidextrous. The magazine
loads easily also, and feeds the cartridges smoothly into the
chamber. The sights are just like on the carbine, and are
typical H&K German design, with a four-position rotating
rear drum and a post front.
The GSG-5PK is a fun gun. Not designed for small
game hunting or for precision target work, the pistol has plenty
of accuracy for either, but is more at home plinking away at
targets of opportunity like rocks, balloons, candy wafers, eggs,
or steel action targets. The PK is a blast to shoot, and using
.22 Long Rifle ammunition, one can shoot all day for just a
little money. Sometimes, “just for fun” is reason enough to
own a gun, and the GSG-5PK is loads of fun!
Check out the GSG-5PK online at www.americantactical.us.
For the location of a GSG dealer near you, click
on the DEALER FINDER at www.lipseys.com.
To order the GSG-5PK online, go to www.galleryofguns.com.
To order the Trijicon Reflex sight, go to www.trijicon.com.
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The GSG-5PK comes with a hard case...
...chamber brush, thread-protector wrench, and key
for supplied trigger lock...
...removable thread protector (top) and muzzle
Sights consist of a protected post front (top) and
four-position rotating drum rear.
Trijicon reflex dot sight is right at home on the
The GSG-5PK is plenty accurate for plinking,
small-game hunting or precision target shooting.
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