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Steyr SM12

Bolt-Action Hunting / Sport-Shooting Rifle

Austria | 2013

"The Steyr SM12 is another in the long line of bolt-action rifles offered by the Austrian company made available to modern-day hunters and sport shooters."

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The Steyr SM12 is a conventional, manually-actuated bolt-action rifle system serving the hunter and sport shooter markets. The arrangement of the rifle is traditional with the wooden body running nearly the entire length of the gun (most models). Its ergonomic shaping includes a pistol-like grip handle as well as a padded shoulder support and under-barrel forend. Sling loops are affixed under the forend and at the underside of the shoulder section. The bolt handle sits over the right side of the body in the usual way and the trigger unit is underslung with the magazine well is under the frame. The magazine is of 3- or 4-shot capacity (model / chambering dependent) and of synthetic construction. As with other hunting / sporting rifles of this class, optics are supported over the receiver for accurized fire at-range.

Depending on the production model in play, the rifle's overall length reaches 43.8 inches with the barrel measuring 22 inches. Weight is 7.7lb (SM12 Half-Stock Standard).

Available in a variety of calibers (model dependent), the rifle supports popular hunting / sporting rounds such as .243 Win, .270 Win, .308 Win, 7mm-08 Rem, and 30-06 Springfield among others (see manufacturer's website for complete list).

Current marketed versions of the SM12 are the SM12 "Halfstock" (left- and right-hand versions) with open sights, the SM12 "Mountain" (open sights), the heavier SM12 "Semi-Weight" (open sights), the SM12 "Stainless" (silver barrel assembly), the and SM12 "Full Stock" (open sights; full-length wooden stock from muzzle to shoulder).

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The physical qualities of the Steyr SM12. Information presented is strictly for general reference and should not be misconstrued as useful for hardware restoration or operation.
1,112 mm
43.78 in
O/A Length
558 mm
21.97 in
Barrel Length
7.72 lb
3.50 kg
Manually-Actuated Bolt-Action System.
.243WIN; 300WINMAG; 308WIN; 7mm-08REMl 270WIN; 30-06SPR (among others)
3- or 4-detachable box magazine (model dependent)
Open Sights; Over-Receiver Optics Supported.
Notable series variants as part of the Steyr SM12 Bolt-Action Hunting / Sport-Shooting Rifle family line.
SM12 - Base Series Designation.
SM12 "Half-Stock" - Base model with open sights; left- or right-handed versions available; 7.7lb; 43.8" length.
SM12 "Mountain" - Open sights; 7.45lb; 41.7" length.
SM12 "Semi-Weight" - Open sights; 8.3lb; 41.7" length.
SM12 "Stainless" - Silver barrel / metal components; 7.7lb-7.9lb; 43.8" to 46.9" lengths.
SM12 "Fullstock" - Full-length wooden stock; 7.7lb; 42.1" length.
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the Steyr SM12. Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national small arms listing.

Contractor(s): Steyr-Mannlicher - Austria
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Image of the Steyr SM12
Image from official Steyr-Mannlicher marketing materials.

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