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new toy...SSG-82 Sniper Rifle
« on: September 18, 2012, 07:31:35 pm »
After close to 5 years later I finally got the mysterious SSG-82 East German sniper rifle.  Century imported roughly 600 into the country at the beginning of the century (heh...) but unfortunately didn't import the backstory of these very little known rifles.  Most believe that they were used as border guard & Berlin Wall watch tower precision rifles, but there are no pictures to back up those claims.  Some believe that they were not sniper rifles but match rifles...but yet again no pictures or even any written history to back that up.  Personally I rule out the match rifle theory because despite the excellent Zeiss optics the thick reticle & 4x magnification isn't condusive to high precision and also the caliber, 5.45x39, isn't known to be a laser with surplus ammo.  RWS did make brass cased precision ammo specifically for this rifle but it has been reported to just be slightly under MOA accuracy at best.

I'm going with some sort of short to medium range military sniper rifle.  The SSG-82 is very similar to a Steyr match rifle right down to the distinctive hammer forged barrel & 4 rear locking lugs on the bolt, but there is no hard evidence that Steyr built these very rare rifles.  The trigger is adjustable 7 ways and is match quality.  Zeiss was contracted to match glass to rifle and produced 2 models (4x & 6x) with the 4x being the most common.  As typical with European military guns all of the major parts are serial matched, right down to the scope.  The mount is typical Euro detachable type being a modified/updated turret style that mounts CW and dismounts in a CCW motion.  The 2 dials on the top are a locking elevation and focus, windage is done via locking screws in the rear scope mount.  Optical quality is excellent, typical Zeiss that you would expect. 

I received the rifle complete with matching scope and 4 total magazines along with close to 900 rounds of 55 & 60 grain ammo.  The stock appears to be walnut and the previous owner had an accessory rail & recessed detachable sling cups professionally installed, otherwise the rifle is completely stock.  The bolt cycles extremely smoothly and the trigger is a dream.  Overall the quality is top notch and balances excellent.

I'm hoping to hit the range in the next day or 2 to see if she shoots as good as the other few owners report (that actually shoot their rifles as it is a collector's item).  I've read that it's only a 2-3 MOA rifle, but it turns that those people not only don't own the rifle but never put a round through one.  If there's any interest I can post an AAR.
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    Re: new toy...SSG-82 Sniper Rifle
    « Reply #1 on: September 18, 2012, 08:39:12 pm »
    I for one would be very interested in a AAR. I have never even heard of or seen one of these and it sounds interisting. I would love to learn more about it if you don't mind posting an AAR.
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    Re: new toy...SSG-82 Sniper Rifle
    « Reply #2 on: September 18, 2012, 08:41:24 pm »
    "If there's any interest I can post an AAR."

    If?   IF?

    DUH !!!    Please!
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    Re: new toy...SSG-82 Sniper Rifle
    « Reply #3 on: September 18, 2012, 09:18:34 pm »
    I've heard of them, just never saw one in person. The going story that I read is that they were 'tower guns' for the Berlin Wall and similar installations along the border, but, like you, I never heard any official word that this was the case. It always had the ring of ... salesmanship to it.

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