Steyr SSG 69
|Steyr SSG 69|
Steyr SSG 69 PI
|Place of origin||Austria|
|In service||1969-present |
|Used by||see Users|
|Wars||Syrian Civil War|
|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. Aside from being the Austrian Army's standard issue sniper rifle it's also used by several law enforment organizations. It 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.
In 2015 Steyr has decided to end production of the SSG 69.
- Austria: In use with Austrian Army and EKO Cobra.
- Free Syrian Army: Fighters have acquired SSG 69 Snipers.
- Lebanon: Lebanese Armed Forces
- Iceland[verification needed]
- Indonesia: Used by the Kopaska
- Ireland: Irish Army: Ranger Wing, Garda Síochána; Emergency Response Unit, Special Detective Unit, NBCI
- 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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