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Steyr-Mannlicher SSG 08 sniper rifle (Austria)

Steyr-Mannlicher SSG 08 sniper rifle in ready to use position.
Steyr-Mannlicher SSG 08 sniper rifle in ready to use position.

 

Steyr-Mannlicher SSG 08 sniper rifle with stock folded.
Steyr-Mannlicher SSG 08 sniper rifle with stock folded.

 

  SSG08 SSG08 Compact
Caliber(s) 7.62x51mmNATO (.308Win) or 7.62x63B (.300 Win Mag) 7.62x51mmNATO (.308Win)
Operation BoltAction, Rotating bolt
Barrel 600 mm (23.6") 508 mm (20")
Length 1182 mm (46.5") / 960 mm (36.8") folded 1090 mm (43") / 868 mm (34.2") folded
Weight, empty, w/o scope 5.7 kg (12.5 lbs) 5.5 kg (12.1 lbs)
Feed Mechanism boxmagazine, 10 (7.62 NATO) or 8 (.300WinMag) rounds

 

Steyr-Mannlicher SSG 08 (ScharfSchützen-Gewehr 08- precision-shooting rifle, model of [20]08) sniper rifle is a further evolution of the SSG 04 sniper rifle, produced by same famous Austrian company,Steyr-Mannlicher AG. Introduced in 2008, the SSG 08 rifle was developedto combat modern terrorism and organized crime; It is believedthat elite COBRA unit of the Austrian police had its hand indevelopment of this weapon. The SSG 08 shares same SBS action, coldhammer-forged barrels, trigger units and magazines as its parent, SSG 04 sniper rifle, but features aluminum alloy stock with side-folding fullyadjustable butt and additional Picatinny rails on the forend. The SSG08 is advertised as capable of sub-MOA accuracy with proper ammunition.

Steyr-Mannlicher SSG 08 sniper rifles are based on Steyr SBSrotary bolt action with four frontal locking lugs, arranged in pairs.Coldhammer-forged barrels are available in standard or compact lengths(compact only in 7.62 NATO), in either case fitted with screw-on muzzlebrake which can be replaced with optional silencer (sound suppressor).Feed is from detachable box magazines, holdingeight .300WM or ten 7.62mm NATO rounds. Single-stage triggers arefactory set for optimum performance, but can be adjusted by operator ifdesired. Stock is made from aluminum alloy, with fully adjustableside-folding butt. Rifle is normally fitted with folding bipod and anintegral rear monopod in the buttstock, adjustable for height. SteyrSSG 08rifles are offered without any iron sights; telescope or night sightscan be easily installed using standard Picatinny-type rail, attached tothe receiver.