The SIG Scharfschutzengewehr 3000, or SSG 3000, looks like a hunting rifle, but was design as a combat oriented weapon. This sniper rifle was designed for law enforcement forces and military use in Germany and Switzerland, and is widely used by law enforcement forces across Europe and the United States. It is further fielded by military and special forces units around the world.
The SSG 3000 is a traditional bolt-action weapon, chambered for standard NATO 7.62×51 mm ammunition. This sniper rifle can be fitted with either a 457 mm (18″) or 597 mm (23.5″) barrel. The cosmetic appearance of the stock and body of the SSG 3000 changed during its years of production, although the differences are minor. This rifle is known for high quality, durability and excellent accuracy despite hard use.
Designed as a modular weapon, its barrel can be quickly swapped. With a SIG conversion kit this sniper rifle can be also quickly be converted to use the .260 Remington cartridge for a higher pressure load.
The safety for this rifle is on the rear side of the action. This safety mechanism completely prevents firing and bolt cycling.
This sniper rifle uses a detachable 5-round capacity magazine with visual openings to see how many rounds remain loaded. The polymer stock of the SSG 3000 does not deform under adverse weather conditions, unlike wooden stocks. The stock can be fully adjusted using a rubber buttpad and spacer system, to modify the length of pull by adding or removing spacers. The cheekpiece is also fully adjustable. The pistol grip on the SSG 3000 is nicely contoured and perfectly fits the shooting hand.
This scope rail on this sniper rifle gives it an effective range of 900 meters. Its accuracy is less than 1 MOA. With suitable ammunition it has creates group sizes under 0.5 MOA. The previous model of the SSG 3000 had auxiliary iron sights for emergency use, but the updated model lacks these sights. Even though it is no longer produced, the SSG 3000 remains a very competitive design, meeting all specifications for modern performance standards.
This sniper rifle is normally used with a bipod. and accessories attached to the rails on each side of the forearm.
This sniper rifle has got a flash suppressor on the end of the barrel to conceal a sniper’s position. However it is not a muzzle brake and should not be expected to reduce the recoil felt by the shooter. The flash suppressor replaced with a sound suppressor or removed entirely.