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Steyr-Mannlicher SSG 69 sniper rifle (Austria)
Caliber: 7.62x51mm NATO (.308) and .243
Operation: Bolt Action, Rotating bolt
Length: 1140 mm
Barrel: 650 mm (406 mm for P4)
Weight: 3.9 kg empty; 4.6 kg with telescope
Feed Mechanism: 5 round rotary magazine, or 10 round box mag. (discontinued)
Steyr SSG 69 (ScharfSch?tzen-Gewehr 69 - precision-shooting rifle, model of 69) was developed and is being built by Austrian company Steyr-Daimler-Puch (now Steyr-Mannlicher AG). SSG 69 was adopted by Austrian Army in 1969, thus gaining its name. Since that time, it was adopted by a large number of other military and police forces around the world, and is still in production today, some 40 years since its introduction. The basic rifle is a military weapon, with green polymer stock, back-up iron sights and compact bolt handle. For police applications, Steyr produces derivative versions of the SSG 69, known as SSG P II and SSG PIV. The PII rifle differs from military version by having heavier barrel with no iron sights and an oversized bolt handle. The PIV is an "urban operations" version and has shortened barrel with flash hider, that allows quick installation of the sound moderator (silencer). Sport / match versions of the same rifle also were produced by Steyr-Mannlicher over the time. With proper ammunition, the SSG 69 can deliver sub-MOA accuracy at ranges of up to 600 meters or so.
Steyr-Mannlicher SSG 69 sniper rifle is a manually operated bolt action weapon with rotary bolt. To achieve shorter bolt stroke six locking lugs are located at the rear of the bolt, and lock into the receiver wall. The solid steel receiver is of very strong design, with proprietary scope mounting interface machined at the top. The adjustable trigger is of two-stage type; some police versions were also offered with optional dual set triggers. Feed is from Mannlicher-type spool (rotary) magazines that hold five rounds. Optional double-stack box magazines with ten-round capacity were offered in the past as well. Standard stock is made from glass-reinforced polymer of green or black color. Stock can be adjusted for length of pull by adding or removing rubber inserts at the butt. In military SSG 69 version, standard telescope sight was Kahles ZF69, with fixed 6X magnification and internal adjustments for maximum range of 800 meters. Police versions were offered with variety of optical sights, depending on customer's preferences.