Introduced in early 2006, the Steyr Elite is a sniper rifle development of the Steyr Scout Rifle (see Austrian Sporting Rifles). The standard caliber is 7.62mm, but 7mm-08 and 5.56mm versions are also available. The Elite is designed to be a precision tactical rifle primarily for police use, for use as a quick sharpshooting weapon where a full sniper rig is not necessary or available. The Steyr Elite sniper rifle uses Steyr’s SBS (Safe Bolt System) to enhance safety. The trigger is two-stage, with the first stage set at 3.5 pounds and the second stage requiring virtually no pressure to fire the weapon. The stock is a modified form of the Scout rifle, made from reinforced textured polymer with an adjustable cheekpiece, a butt plate adjustable for height and length, and a thick recoil pad on the butt.
|Steyr Elite Rifle/Steyr Elite Sniper Rifle|
|Steyr Elite Sniper Rifle|
The forward mounting point for the sling swivels can also be used to mount certain bipods. (The sling swivels themselves are not included with the rifle as bought from the factory.) The finish or the rifle is presently available only in black, and it is not known whether more colors will be available in the future, as came later with the Scout Rifle.