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Steyr SSG-69

General Facts

  • TYPE
    Sniper rifle

  • ORIGIN
    Austria

  • NICKNAMES
    Kefefs (Greek production)

  • DESIGNED
    Mid 1960's

  • DESIGNER
    Steyr Mannlicher

  • PRODUCTION
    1969 - present (Austrian production)
    1995 - present (Greek production)

  • PRODUCERS
    Austria - Steyr
    Greece - EBO

  • QUANTITY
    Unknown

  • UNIT COST
    GBP 1.500 for SSG-69 PII in 2009

  • CHARACTERISTICS
    Good accuracy
    Heavy
    Average ergonomics

Introduction

The SSG-69 is a sniper rifle of Austrian origin. It was developed by Steyr in the 1960's for the Austrian military. The name SSG-69 stands for Scharfschützengewehr 1969, which is German for sniper rifle of 1969. Despite its age the SSG-69 remains in production. It has been complemented in the Steyr lineup with the newer SSG-04 and SSG-08.

Design

The SSG-69 is a bolt action sniper rifle with a conventional design. At the time of development the design was revolutionary in its use of a cold hammer forged barrel and green synthetic furniture. Besides the ability to change buttpads the stock is non-adjustable and most SSG-69 are not fitted with a bipod. Originally the SSG-69 was fitted with the Kahles 6x scope. Currently the Hensoldt 10x is standard.

Firepower

The SSG-69 fires the 7.62x51mm NATO round from a 5 round internal rotary magazine. As a bolt action sniper rifle the rate of fire is limited but the accuracy is good. With proper ammunition 0.5 MOA accuracy can be achieved. The maximum effective range is quoted as 800 meters.

Users

The first user of the SSG-69 was the Austrian military in 1969. Since then the SSG-69 has been acquired by various military and law enforcement units around the world. Since 1995 the Greek Kefefs version of the SSG-69 is in production.

Variants

SSG-69

The SSG-69 is the original military model developed for the Austrian army. In the Steyr lineup it is also known as the SSG-69 PI or SSG-PI. The SSG-69 features a green synthetic furniture, backup iron sights and often lacks a bipod.

TypeSniper rifle
Caliber7.62x51mm NATO
Magazine5 round internal magazine
OperationBolt action, 6 lugs, 60° angle
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireBolt action
Barrel length650 mm
Rifling4 grooves, 305 mm right hand twist
Muzzle velocity860 m/s
StockFixed
Length1.140 mm
Width?
Height?
Weight4.0 kg without scope
SightsBackup iron sights, normally fitted with Kahles 6x scope
Remarks-

SSG-69 PII

The SSG-69 PII is the law enforcement model of the original SSG-69. It is also known as the SSG-PII. The SSG-69 PII differs from the original model in having a black synthetic furniture and a heavier barrel and it lacks iron sights. The SSG-69 PIIK is similar but features a shorter barrel.

TypeSniper rifle
Caliber7.62x51mm NATO
Magazine5 round internal magazine
OperationBolt action, 6 lugs, 60° angle
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireBolt action
Barrel length650 mm
Rifling4 grooves, 305 mm right hand twist
Muzzle velocity860 m/s
StockFixed
Length1.119 mm
Width?
Height?
Weight4.25 kg without scope
SightsNo iron sights, normally fitted with Hensoldt 10x scope
Remarks-
TypeSniper rifle
Caliber7.62x51mm NATO
Magazine5 round internal magazine
OperationBolt action, 6 lugs, 60° angle
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireBolt action
Barrel length508 mm
Rifling4 grooves, 305 mm right hand twist
Muzzle velocity?
StockFixed
Length977 mm
Width?
Height?
Weight4.8 kg incl scope
SightsNo iron sights, normally fitted with Hensoldt 10x scope
Remarks-

SSG-69 PIV

The SSG-69 PIV is a special model of the SSG-69 PII and is also known as the SSG-PIV. It features a much shorter barrel with a threaded muzzle that can accomodate a flash hider or suppressor. The barrel has a faster rifling pitch in order to accomodate subsonic ammunition.

TypeSniper rifle
Caliber7.62x51mm NATO
Magazine5 round internal magazine
OperationBolt action, 6 lugs, 60° angle
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireBolt action
Barrel length409 mm
Rifling4 grooves, 254 mm right hand twist
Muzzle velocity?
StockFixed
Length1.003 mm incl silencer
Width?
Height?
Weight3.8 kg without scope
SightsNo iron sights, normally fitted with Hensoldt 10x scope
Remarks-

Kefefs

The Kefefs is a Greek production model of the SSG-69 PII. The barrel and mechanism are similar but the stock has been redesigned. The Kefefs-M is the military model and features a synthetic stock. The Kefefs-P is for law enforcement use and has a wooden stock and a longer barrel that is fluted over its entire length.

TypeSniper rifle
Caliber7.62x51mm NATO
Magazine5 round internal magazine
OperationBolt action, 3 lugs
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireBolt action
Barrel length610 mm
Rifling4 grooves
Muzzle velocity840 m/s
StockFixed
Length1.135 mm
Width?
Height?
Weight3.95 kg without bipod and scope
SightsNo iron sights, normally fitted with scope
Remarks-
TypeSniper rifle
Caliber7.62x51mm NATO
Magazine5 round internal magazine
OperationBolt action, 3 lugs
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireBolt action
Barrel length675 mm
Rifling4 grooves
Muzzle velocity?
StockFixed
Length1.200 mm
Width?
Height?
Weight4.4 kg without bipod and scope
SightsNo iron sights, normally fitted with scope
Remarks-

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