Infantry Weapons

Austrian special forces receive sniper rifles

27 November 2018

Austria's Jagdkommando special unit received its first of 120 Steyr-Mannlicher SSG M1 8.6 x 70 mm sniper rifles on 23 November 2018. (Bundesheer)Austria's Jagdkommando special unit received its first of 120 Steyr-Mannlicher SSG M1 8.6 x 70 mm sniper rifles on 23 November 2018. (Bundesheer)Austrian Defence Minister Mario Kunasek handed over new sniper rifles and a new building with a training hall to the Jagdkommando special unit in Wiener Neustadt on 23 November.

The Jagdkommando is the first unit to receive the Steyr-Mannlicher SSG M1 rifle in 8.6 × 70/.338LM calibre with a range of 1,200 m. Austria ordered 120 'medium' sniper rifles worth EUR1.6 million (USD1.8 million).

The SSG M1 is a multicalibre rifle that was unveiled in 2018.

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