The SSG 69 was adopted in 1969, it was ahead of its time with the use of synthetics and cold hammer-forged barrels for accuracy. SSG-69 is the Austrian Army’s standard issue sniper rifle, the PI is the civilian version of the same weapon. The SSG-69 is also used by several police agencies as a sniper rifle. The SSG is extremely accurate and several international competitions have been won using an SSG-69 with accuracy being sub .5 MOA.
The SSG 69 has several variants made with mostly cosmetic differences, the only anomaly being the SSG-PIV using a 409 mm barrel with a 1:250 mm (1:10 inches) twist designed to handle heavy subsonic ammunition.