Is it worth skimping with the GSG5 vs Umarax HK MP5?
Comparing the prices...GSG5 $300 vs HK MP5 .22 $420. That's a pretty big difference but I've read the HK is much more reliable and easier to field strip. Recommended upgrades for the gsg just narrow that gap and I hate the factory stock so is definately upgrade to the retractable. If you guy?s had to do it again would you still pick up the gsg over hk?
I would I got a great deal on my gsg and after adding the push pins I have no real complaints. My gsg has ran great.
I got my gsg-522 for cheep also. I think after the upgrades I want to do I will end up paying the same as a base model HK. For me, so far, it's been worth it. I put four mags through mine today using the cheap Remington Thunderbolt ammo. It went well until I was somehow able to get two rounds stuck vertically in the mag. But, after reading a bunch on the 522 it seems they need a decent break-in period, mags included.
I had a GSG-5 and sold it when I bought my HK MP5 22LR, the fit and finish is much nicer with the HK version, it has been flawless with over 1000rds through it, when I initially got my GSG 5 I had to work it a bit to make it reliable. The weight and feel of the HK version is much more realistic, it also seem to be better made. The take down is easy only 3 pins, and you are really limited by how far you can take it apart, as stated though to clean it you one pull tow pins and clean, the 3rd pin hold the hand guard. The MP5 fore grips will fit the HK version, and those that want to SBR the HK 416 pistol 22LR Barrel is direct replacement, although i have heard it takes a fair amount to change it out. My only real complaint is the finish while it look nice it does seem to wear off rather easy, but a little touch up with Aluminum Black takes care of that. The whole body is aluminum.
I've never had any trouble with my GSG-5 (Gen 3). I replaced takedown screws with pushpins, but have not had a need to do the screw to bolt upgrade. I liked my GSG-5 so much, I bought a GSG-SD and it's still in the box for the grandkids. I have not shot any of the GSG-522 versions though.
However, I just ordered an Umarex HK MP5 SD yesterday ....just because. I'll let you know what I think after I shoot it. I am leery of the paper thin barrel and sleeve tension system (like they use on the Colt M4gery). That seems kinda cheesy. The GSG barrels are thin, but not that thin.
$300 for the GSG is a good price. The Walther is a higher quality rifle though, and the stock alone is worth the additional cost. I've owned both. If I had it to do over again, I would have skipped buying the GSG.
I do have to agree with the thin barrel being cheesy but I have not had any issues with accuracy, even if dumping a few mags at a time, I wish for the money they would have just put a standard sized barrel on it.