Steyr’s SSG 69 has been in service since 1969, and after more than four decades as the sniper rifle relied upon by the Austrian Army and many in the law enforcement world, it’s being retired. When the SSG 69 was first made it was considered quite advanced for the era with a cold hammer-forged barrel and synthetic components, and it wasn’t long before it gained a reputation based on its fine accuracy rather than simply on how it was made.While there have been multiple variants produced over the years the differences between rifles has been mostly, although not entirely, cosmetic. One of the gun’s most interesting features is its 5-round detachable box magazine which feeds in a rotary fashion and the back of which is transparent so you can see how many rounds you have left. A 10-round box magazine is also available but is rather hard to find at this point, so when you do find them they tend to be on the expensive side.
Why Steyr Arms is retiring a rifle that’s still in fairly high demand is not known, but this is one gun that’s going to be missed.
The final 1,000 SSG 69 rifles made are apparently being sold by CDNN Sports in Abilene, Texas. Those thousand are a combination of the dozen variations produced over the years and are available with either single or double triggers. Each rifle comes with a factory mounted 20 MOA Picatinny rail. If you’re interested in getting one of these before they’re gone, call CDNN Sports at 1-800-588-9500. Current MSRP is listed at $1500.
Take a look at Steyr’s website, where you’ll notice the SSG 69 PI is already listed as no longer available: http://www.steyrarms.com/products/sporting-rifles/steyr-ssg-69/ And if you’d like to take a look at a review of the SSG 69 PI, head over to Sniper Central: http://www.snipercentral.com/ssgp1.htm