Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Steyr SSG-08 Rifle Next Generation Sniper

A new variant, the Steyr SSG-08 Sniper Rifle, was designed specifically at the request of Austrian special operations units, and has since spread to other countries. It is also popular among target shooters. Two versions are available, the Compact and the Standard, which vary primarily in the barrel length and the chamberings. The compact uses a 20-inch barrel, while the Standard uses a 23.6-inch barrel. Both have folding skeletonized aluminum alloy stocks which are adjustable for length of pull, angle of the buttplate, and the height of the padded cheekpiece.

Steyr SSG-08 Sniper Rifle
Steyr SSG-08 Rifle
Steyr SSG-08 Sniper Rifle
The buttplate is also thickly-padded padded. The Compact also has a flash suppressor, while the Standard has a muzzle brake. The top of the receiver has a MIL-STD-1913 rail; optional rails are available for the sides of the handguard. The same bipod is used, though it is attached to the front of the handguards instead of underneath. The action, while tightened, is basically the same as the other members of the SBS line. The trigger is user-adjustable. The Compact is limited to 7.62mm NATO; the Standard can be chambered for 7.62mm NATO, .300 Winchester Magnum, or the new .338 Lapua Magnum chambering, which was again a specific request of Austrian special operations troops.


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