Well, it looks like I don't have to wait until I retire to buy one of these rifles! My wife shocked me this morning with a StG 44 .22LR for Father's Day. She listens pretty well to my ramblings and has known I wanted one of these for quite a while now. So the other day she stopped in at my local gun store and picked one up for me.
I really think it is cool that it comes in a wooden crate like a military weapon used to. The instructions (What real man reads them?) were easy to read and included nice clear photos. Well, I loaded 10 rounds into the magazine and went out and fired it. Very smooth, and for right out of the box, very accurate. My wife fired a couple of rounds and she likes it too. I am going to take it out later and put a couple hundred rounds through it.
Preliminary report...It's very cool!!