Austrian manufacturing city of Steyr is known for its mastery of
forging weapons - from muskets to modern small arms - since
century. Situated where the Steyr and Ennis rivers converge, Steyr is
over 1,000 years old - 500 years of which has been spent
Austria's Steyr-Mannlicher brought the world of modern
firearms such weapons as the Steyr MPi 69 and MPi 81 submachine gun
(SMG), the TMP submachine gun and the AUG assault rifle.
Steyr built a .50-caliber sniper rifle that got them
into hot water with the U.S. over that gun's sales to Iran - and
subsequent charges that said long guns were used against U.S.
soldiers in Iraq.
And from 1969 to the
present, some 40 years, Steyr has developed the highly accurate SSG
69 bolt-action sniper rifle. The Scharfschutzengewehr
69, loosely translated Sharpshooter 69 (built in 1969), was adopted
by the Austrian army as their standard sniper rifle. And its
cold-hammer-forged, 25 1/2-inch barrel represents the culmination of
five centuries of quality small arms manufacturing.
The Steyr SSG 69 is a bolt-action gun suited for sport
shooting and military/paramilitary use.
The Steyr SSG 69 series of rifles - the PI, PII and
PIV vary mostly in their cosmetic look.
These guns have synthetic furniture (olive green and
black) and transparent, rotary mags.
And the optics are good to distances of half a mile
with a Kahles ZF69 6X scope.
The Steyr SSG 69 is chambered for .243 Win. and
(7.62x51mm NATO) .308 Win. (SSG 69PI); .243 Win., .22-250 Rem. and
.308 Win. (SSG 69 PII) and .308 Win. (SSG 69 PIV).
The PI and PII sport 25 1/2-inch barrels; the SSG 69
PIV has a 16-inch barrel.
All three models have 5-round magazines. The PI and the
PII feature direct triggers, and the PIV, according to the company's
literature, has an "optional direct trigger or double set
The SSG 69 is a top-notch, precision rifle made by one
of the best arms makers in the world.
Whether your rifle needs include hunting bad guys or
North American Big Game, Steyr can't be beat.
For deer hunting, I really like my Remington 700
chambered in .308 Win. But the more I hunt, I have given thought to
selecting a smaller caliber to dispatch south and west Texas
For such purposes, I have given great thought to a .243
In the days ahead, I may be calling Steyr-Mannlicher to
take a close look at these guns.