Steyr SSG 69
|Steyr SSG 69|
Steyr SSG 69 PI
|Place of origin||Austria|
|In service||1969-present |
|Used by||see Users|
|Variants||SSG 69 PI, SSG 69 PII, SSG 69 PIV|
|Weight||4 kg (8.82 lb) (SSG 69 PI)
4.2 kg (9.3 lb) (SSG 69 PII)
3.8 kg (8.4 lb) (SSG 69 PIV)
|Length||1,140 mm (44.9 in) (SSG 69 PI)
1,190 mm (46.8 in) (SSG 69 PII) 
1,003 mm (39.5 in) (SSG 69 PIV)
|Barrel length||650 mm (25.6 in) (SSG 69 PI, SSG 69 PII)
409 mm (16.1 in) (SSG 69 PIV)
|Cartridge||7.62x51mm NATO, .243 Winchester, .22-250 Remington (SSG 69 PII) |
|Muzzle velocity||varies by type of round used|
|Effective firing range||800 m (875 yd)|
|Maximum firing range||3,700 m (4,046 yd)|
|Feed system||5-round rotary magazine|
|Sights||iron sights on SSG 69 PI
Adopted in 1969 (hence the designation), it was ahead of its time with the use of synthetics and cold hammer-forged barrels for durability. The SSG-69 is the Austrian Army's standard issue sniper rifle. The SSG-69 is also used by several law enforment organizations. The SSG is extremely accurate and several international competitions have been won using an SSG-69 with accuracy being sub 0.5 MOA.
There are several variants made with mostly cosmetic differences, the only anomaly being the SSG-PIV using a 409 mm barrel with a 1:250 mm (1:10 inches) twist designed to handle heavy subsonic ammunition in conjunction with a suppressor.
The bolt action uses rear-locking (in common with the SMLE), rather than the more common front-locking lugs. This, and the fact that it is only produced in the 'short action' length limits the chambering to non-magnum calibres, a legacy of a military weapon designed only to fire the 7.62x51mm NATO cartridge. It is essentially a target/police/military weapon, however with its caliber and inherent accuracy, it lends itself to hunting requiring longer distance shots.
An unusual feature is the standard rotary 5-round magazine. A 10-round staggered box is available as an accessory. Both are transparent-backed, immediately showing remaining capacity.
- Austria: In use with Austrian Army and EKO Cobra.
- Free Syrian Army: Fighters have acquired SSG 69 Snipers.
- Iceland[verification needed]
- Indonesia: Used by the Kopaska
- Ireland: Defence Forces Army Ranger Wing, Garda Síochána; Special Detective Unit, Emergency Response Unit & National Bureau of Criminal Investigation.
- Republic of Korea
- Netherlands: Marine Corps
- Pakistan: Used by the Pakistan Army 
- Russia: Special forces use a small number.
- Tunisia: Tunisian Land Army, U.S.G.N
- Turkey: Used by Polis Özel Harekat.
- United States: In use with BORTAC (United States Border Patrol).
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