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SIG-Sauer SSG 2000

Switzerland (1983)

Detailing the development and operational history of the SIG-Sauer SSG 2000 Bolt-Action Sniper Rifle.

 Entry last updated on 10/13/2016; Authored by Staff Writer; Content ©

Basic Specifications
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Year: 1983
Type: Bolt-Action Sniper Rifle
Manufacturer(s): SIG-Sauer - Switzerland

Preceding the more popular SSG 3000, the SIG-Sauer SSG 2000 only found a few operators since its introduction.

The SIG-Sauer SSG 2000 was introduced in 1983 as a precision long-range sniper rifle for military, law enforcement and sporting use. It was of a bolt-action design, requiring the user to manually operate the bolt handle to clear the firing chamber of spent cartridge casings and pull a new cartridge from the spring-loaded box magazine. A conventional rifle through and through, it still proved of notable quality consistent with SIG weapons and well-regarded by the users who ultimately utilized the type. Additional stocks were purchased in the civilian market for target shooting and chambered for several commercial ammunition types. It appears that the series is no longer actively marketed by SIG-Sauer for the rifle may have been superseded by the more modern SSG 3000 series detailed elsewhere on this site and introduced in 1992.

The SSG 2000 featured a rounded receiver with integrated forend, stock and pistol grip. The stock was fully-adjustable and the trigger was underslung in the usual way (of a "double-stage" design). The bolt lever sat along the right side of the body. Iron sights were optional and optics (typically a Schmidt & Bender 1.5-6x42 or Zeiss 8x56 Diatal ZA8 series) could be fitted along mountings atop the receiver night scopes also supported). The barrel was of a heavy duty, internally rifled design measuring 24 inches long. The entire weapon system measured 47.5 inches long. The barrel was capped by a slotted flash suppressor/compensator. An adjustable bipod was optional and attached at the forend. Overall unloaded weight of the weapon was 6.6 kilograms. The base military model was chambered for 7.62x51mm NATO while other models brought about use of the .300 Winchester Magnum and 7.5x55mm Swiss cartridges.

While the SSG 2000 utilized what was, essentially, the well-accepted manual turn-bolt action design, the system of operation differed somewhat from previous offerings. The turn of the bolt handle was restricted to 65-degrees while the actual bolt body did not rotate despite the motion put upon the handle by the user. The resulting action produced a quicker turn-bolt process with cleaner case extractions adding further value to an already fine instrument. Performance-wise, the SSG 2000 held an effective listed range out to 1,000 meters when utilizing 7.62x51mm NATO ammunition. A further 100 meters could be reached with .300 Winchester Magnum according to stated reports. Feeding was by way of a 4-round detachable box magazine.

The SSG 2000 was eventually adopted by Hong Kong and Taiwan.
Any available statistics for the SIG-Sauer SSG 2000 Bolt-Action Sniper Rifle are showcased in the areas immediately below. Categories include basic specifications covering initial year of service, country-of-origin and manufacture(s) involved in bringing the weapon to market. Other qualities showcased are related to physical values such as the internal action, available calibers / chamberings, weight and lengths. Global operators are also presented in A-to-Z format as are any model variants available to the series.
Supported Mission Types
Frontline Infantry
Special Forces
Close Quarters Battle
Designated Marksman/Sharpshooter
Area Effect/Suppression
Indirect Fire
Airspace Denial
Attachment Weapon
Internal Design, Weight and Dimensions
Firing Action: Manually-Actuated Bolt-Action
Available Caliber(s): 7.62x51mm NATO; .300 Winchester Magnum; 7.5x55mm Swiss
Ammunition Count / Feed: 4-Round Detachable Box Magazine
Weight (Empty): 14.55 lb (6.60 kg)
Overall Length: 1,210 mm (47.64 in)
Barrel Length: 610 mm (24.02 in)
Sighting Assist: Detachable; Supported Optics

Operating Performance
Muzzle Velocity: 2,460 ft/sec (750 m/sec)
Typical Range: 3,280 feet (1,000 m; 1,093 yd)

Operators List
Hong Kong; Taiwan

Model Variants
• SSG 2000 - Base Series Designation