Educational Zone #117 – Interesting Firearms – The STG 556 Carbine

My friend Liem told me that he had a new rifle and wanted to go shooting.

So this morning, we bundled up and went to the range.

He has an MSAR STG 556 carbine.

Here it is.

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It is an American made carbine that looks a lot like a Steyr Aug.

It weighs in at 7.2 pounds.

It is a fine looking piece of equipment and I was looking forward to shooting it.

It uses a proprietary see-through magazine that holds 20 rounds.

Both 30 and 40 round mags are also available.

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It has a 1.5X optical sight mounted on it, with a post-type reticule.

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It has a very effective muzzle brake on the barrel.

This barrel is 22 inches long, compared to a 16.5 inch barrel on my Colt AR-15, but due to the bull-pup style build, the total length of the STG is only 31.5 inches compared to 34 for the Colt.

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It can be set up to eject the empty cases either to the right or the left, depending on the shooter’s desires.

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Disassembly is fairly simple, as you push in a disassembly button and the action slides out of the stock.

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Here the bolt is easy to see.

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It has a large, easy to work charging handle.

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As is usual with the bull-pup design, all controls and both hands are close together.

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Here’s Liem running the rifle standing.

It functioned perfectly.

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Here’s a group of military ball ammo from the bench at 50 yards.

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I found the rifle very comfortable to shoot.

It pointed very naturally.

Here I am shooting a group off the bench.

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And here’s my group with Federal Match ammo.

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We took time to shoot my 1903 A3 rifle and some of my handloads.

Here’s Liem shooting.

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And here’s his 5 shot group.

Not bad.

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I also brought my Colt H-BAR with my ACOG 3.5X scope.

Liem tried at it 50 yards with some of my handloads.

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And here’s his group of 8 shots, 7 of them in the same hole.

I gave the target to him and told him to take it home and hang it on the refrigerator.

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The length-of-pull seemed long on the STG to me, so we measured and compared the AR-15 and the STG 556.

The AR-15 had a LOP of 13.5 inches.

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The STG had a LOP of 15 inches.

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I also liked the front grip on the STG.

It folds up for bench shooting.

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And folds down and locks in place for moving and shooting.

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The STG 556 is a fine little rifle and ran 100% for us today.

It was a natural pointer and a pleasure to shoot.

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Conclusion:
I was very impressed and appreciate Liem letting us see one up close.

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