Steyr SSG Carbon Commercially Available in US

Steyr SSG Carbon

When Steyr announced the SSG Carbon at the 2014 SHOT Show, they were hit with an overwhelming demand for the guns from the law enforcement sector. According to the company, it took them 16 months to meet that demand, and now they have released the gun for sale to the US consumer.

Steyr SSG Carbon

The carbon fiber stock is not made using woven fabric. Instead the company uses a Sheet Molding Compound similar to the construction found in the load bearing members of aircraft and Formula 1 cars.

The rifle uses the same barreled action and brake as the SSG 08. The stock has an adjustable cheekpiece, rubber butt pad and rear elevation monopod. The pistol grip is wrapped in rubber.

Steyr Arms Rifle Specifications

  • Model: SSG Carbon
  • Operation: Bolt-action repeating
  • Caliber: .308 Winchester
  • Magazine type/capacity: Polymer double-stack detachable box/10 rounds
  • Action material: 25CrMo4 steel
  • Barrel: 20- and 22.4-inch cold-hammer-forged heavy barrel
  • Rifling: 4 Grooves, 1:10 RH Twist
  • Sights: 20-MOA Picatinny rail
  • Finish: Mannox®
  • Safety: 3+1 Position Safety
  • Trigger type: Single-stage
  • Pull weight: 3 pounds, 8 ounces (user adjustable)
  • Stock material/type: SMC carbon fiber
  • Length of pull: 14.25 inches min. (0.33-inch inserts available)
  • Drop at comb: +0.85 to -0.9 inches vertical adjustment
  • Comb adjustments: 0.5 inches longitudinal; 0.133 inch lateral (rotationally adjustable)
  • Drop at heel: +1.07 to -3.8 inches vertical adjustment
  • Recoil pad: Elastomer; 0.8-inch thick
  • Sling swivels: Two removable push-and-turn style
  • Pistol grip: Polymer with interchangeable rubber inserts
  • Checkering: None
  • Weight, empty: 11 pounds, 2 ounces
  • Overall length: 43.4 inches
  • Included accessories: Owner’s manual, Versa-pod or HD bipod, continuously adjustable rear-elevation pod, one detachable box magazine, hard travel case, sling swivels
  • MSRP: $3,695

Phil Note: We also have one of these ordered for review!

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  • Graham2

    The rifle has a very nice specification and will I’m sure shoot very well- but my oh my it’s fugly! It looks like some little kid’s Photoshop effort to make a ‘sniper rifle’ from various other guns.

    • MR

      I was thinking it has cutting edge styling – if this is 1979.

    • haggert

      I am with you

      I am a firearm enthusiast, shooter, hunter and vocal supporter, and not even 40years old yet and still I do not like the looks of too many modern guns

  • Scout > SSG

  • Hoboist

    I wish they would stop putting finger grooves on firearms.

    • MR

      Looks like those are on the interchangeable rubber insert, so you could probably get an insert without finger grooves.

  • thedonn007

    I was expecting it to be lighter weight.

  • Spencerhut

    Carbon fiber stock, still weighs over 11lbs without a scope. Really? Not impressed. My .300 Win 8400AT weighs right at 14lb with an old school adjustable McMillian stock, bi-pod, and 2.5lbs of glass and rings.

    • Para

      Yeah, I think carbon fiber only shaves a couple pounds off the overall weight…. I was surprised as well. I guess if I had to lay prone with that thing all day it would be nice to lose a couple lbs though 😀

    • The FN SPR A3G isn’t much heavier with a McMillan stock and 24″ barrel at 11.5 lbs.

  • Bill

    Precision rifles aren’t supposed to be light, though light rifles can be precise. Besides, the snipers need them to be heavy so that they can complain about the weight, then brag about what studs they are. But I actually think the 80’s vintage SSG I shot weighed less then that, even glassed out.