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A sniper rifle. Tactical rifle. Designated marksman rifle. Target rifle. Precision rifle. Rifle that shoots (hopefully) bad guys. The SSG-69 has many names but declaring it a “sniper” rifle would probably be my last choice from the list of possibilities.
 
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Interesting rifle i did not know existed. I have an SSG 82 with matching scope. Do you intend to shoot this. The SSg was styled by some as an east german police or secret service urban warfare rifle.
 

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Interesting rifle i did not know existed. I have an SSG 82 with matching scope. Do you intend to shoot this. The SSg was styled by some as an east german police or secret service urban warfare rifle.
Do I intend on shooting it? Probably not.
The SSG-69 is made in Austria. No connection to the SSG-82 .
This one came from a collection that just sold. And its chambered in 308 . I’ll know more about it when I have it in hand.
I’ve had a SSG-82 for about 4 years and this Sp66 for over a year and never shot them.
 

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The dealer selling this one said it looks unfired? but , he couldn’t guarantee it. The listing said had handling marks. Well, see I guess.
the weakness in our rifles!
1)do not get, leave gun cleaners on trigger guard!
2)do not over tighten trigger guards breaking same!
3)that scope was citied as difficult to use lacking modern frills ?
I cant remember now details!
mine didn't come with that name brand scope excellent!..
4) Steyr rings front must be on front, not interchangeable..
scope will not zero if rings are inverted!
how to tell?
no one explained in two article why, or how to tell difference between the two?
my SSG later production, thicker barrel than 69 !
first owner long distance shooter, ended up, built a custom rifle!
sold this to pay 1/2 the bill!
yet had extra clip, mounts / screws in box> no rings?
(a metal trigger guard $250+ was offered by someone few years back!)
 

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I have not shot my SSG 82. It is unfired. Read about broken triggers and extractors. came with a few boxes of German rds. Barrel is kind of neat, dimpled. Hammer forging result? I didn’t know what it was when i saw it at a gun show, but sure liked its looks.
 

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The SSG 69 is a great rifle and yes it is a Sniper Rifle, used by the Austrian Army and 20 other Armed Forces world wide. Not cutting edge today, but in 1969 is was every bit a match for the U.S. M40 and the L42a1.
 

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Do I intend on shooting it? Probably not.
The SSG-69 is made in Austria. No connection to the SSG-82 .
There is most definitely a connection between the two guns. Both made by Steyr.
The alum SSG-82 trigger is very fragile. The steel one is much more robust....relatively speaking.
Both guns shoot relatively well, the SSG-82 I find significantly less accurate than the 69 with the ammo I have available (Dynamit Nobel and Hornady) vs. federal match .308
 

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SSG 82 - Wikipedia

The Scharfschützengewehr 82 or SSG 82, literally Sharpshooter's Rifle 82, is a rifle chambered in the 5.45×39mm Soviet cartridge "built in East Germany at the end of the Cold War" for use by East German special police units. Very little was known about this weapon and very few examples have been imported into the west, with importer Century International Arms having imported around 600 at the turn of the century. It's known that at least 2000 SSG 82s were made. The SSG 82 actually was specifically designed for use in the Ministry for State Security (Stasi) to stop the import of police sniper rifles from non-socialist countries and military sniper rifles from socialist!

I like that extended mag.. where/what do they they cost?
 

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Is that one of the original box mags or do you have the AI mag conversion ?
Conversion(Styria Arms Steel SSG 69 trigger guard/mag well with AICS-pattern mags), plus rail. about $600 , but worth it. The original plastic magazines can be problematic. Accidentally got some CLP on a 10rd mag and it went FUBAR.Shoved another one in too briskly at a match and tabs the hold it in place broke off.5 round mags are o.k. These rifles are definitely not modern (but then neither am I:LOL:) but they do shoot.
 

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I want say somewhere in the 1980s there was a lot of sniping across the green? line in Beirut Lebanon
These rifles were state of the art in those days. Can’t remember what magazine the article was in
 

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The P II Variant of the Steyr-Mannlicher SSG69 was the supposed "Police Sniper" version. The barrel was thicker and lacked the open sights, the bolt handle was also different.

The SSG69 is still in service with the Austrian Army. It has some issues with breaking trigger guards due to the plastic from back then being not made for decades, but it can be replaced if broken. The magazines share the same problem, but the more expensive 10 round zig-zag magazine is anyway the one to choose.

Within the US the rifles were offered in combination with Hensoldt scopes, as your rifle perfectly illustrates. It might have been due to the importer having a connection with Hensoldt. In Europe this is a very atypical combination you will not find. The scope rings were matched to the rifle in the US. Mating them with the rifle was also standard for Austrian Army rifles. Depending on the date you can find different sizes for those. And of course the front and rear scope ring are not interchangeable since the front scope ring has an additional stopping bar included that locks it in place when tapered against the very front end of the dovetail on the rifle.

Re "Production Date": the proof date was October 1985, this does not necessarily mean it was made the same month, but supposed close prior to that date.

Just recently I posted pictures of my Austrian Army issued SSG 69 P IV (short threaded barrel version for usage with silencer) here: Austrian Army SSG69 P IV with Silencer , if you want to compare it.
 
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