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 It appears that the series is no longer actively marketed by SIG-Sauer for the rifle may have been superseded by the more modern SSG 3000 series detailed elsewhere on this site and introduced in 1992.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.
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