East German SSG 82 SSG82 Scharfschützengewehr Sharpshooter’s 5.45x39mm Rifle, Blue 23.5″ Bolt Action Rifle & Zeiss Scope, MFD Ca. 1982

SOLD FOR: $1,560

Make: VEB Fahrzeung-Und Jagdwaffenwerk “Ernst Thalmann” Sull (Fajas)

Model: SSG82

Serial Number: 0104

Year of Manufacture: Circa 1982

Caliber: 5.45x39MM

Action Type: Bolt Action Rifle W/ Detachable Magazine

Markings: The left side of the receiver is marked “0104” The underside of the scope is marked “0104”. The scope adjustment knobs are marked “ZF4IS CARL ZEISS JENA DDR” and “363474”. The underside of the bolt is marked “0104”. The underside of the barrel is marked “ SSG82 5.45X39 FAJAS GERMANY CAA. ST. ALB. VT.”

Barrel Length: 23 5/8” Cold Hammer Forged Barrel with 0.757” Diameter, Beveled Muzzle with 0.04” Recess.

Sights / Optics: This rifle has a 4 power 32mm objective Carl Zeiss Scope attached with a quick disconnect mounting solution. The scope is serialized to the rifle and has a German reticle. The optic is bright with sharp contrast and excellent light gathering. The scope has minor handling marks and a few shallow dings rating in about Excellent condition.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The oversized target stock has stippling on the forend and pistol grip portions. The stock free floats the barrel all the way to the receiver; the right side of the stock has a groove for right handed shooters, leading to a vertical, 1.79” wide pistol grip. The stock shows only very light scuffs. The LOP normally measures 13 7/8” from the front of the trigger to the back of the checkered rubber recoil pad, but no trigger is installed. The pad is adjustable vertically and only shows minor scuffs. The stock rates in about Excellent condition.

Type of Finish: Blued

Finish Originality: Factory Original

Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is highly defined with some minor wear. There is no erosion.

Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 96% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows parts of the blued barrel shifting to a plum color, mostly just fore of the stock but in traces on the receiver as well. The barrel has some scattered handling marks. The alloy trigger guard has small finish losses on the bottom. The serrations on the bolt are sharp and there is only light internal wear from operation. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are crisp. Overall, this rifle rates in about Excellent condition but will need a trigger to operate properly.

Mechanics: The rifle is missing its trigger; the trigger slides onto a slotted blade that is inside of the trigger guard well. The action will function properly once a new trigger is installed. We have not fired this rifle. As with all previously owned firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.

Box, Paperwork & Accessories: Included is one detachable 5-round magazine that shows only light operational wear, rating in Excellent condition.

Our Assessment: From Wikipedia: The heart of the SSG 82 is a cold-hammer forged receiver and free-floating barrel with a semi-bull profile and features a target crown. The bolt has four locking lugs and requires a 60-degree bolt rotation to cycle the gun.[1] The safety consist of a sliding safety actuated by rotating a small disk positioned at the right side just above the trigger.[1] The two-stage trigger mechanism displays an adjustable trigger pull of 3 to 4 N (0.7 to 0.9 lbf).[1] The detachable 5-round box magazine is based upon center feeding for maximum reliability as well as precise positioning of the cartridge into the chamber.[1] The magazine release is located on the bottom right behind the magazine well. The SSG 82 wooden stock resembles that of the Small bore Standard rifle 150 with a raised comb and a stippled pistol grip and forearm. The butt plate is adjustable for length of pull by adding or removing spacers and height. The rifle has no iron sights but is equipped with a 4×32telescopic sight (“Ziel4/S” 4×32 scope, reticle 1) with mounting rails made by VEB Zeiss Jena (in the original Zeiss plant that was captured by the Soviets at the end of WWII) which is numbered to the rifle and mounted using a quick detachable Suhler claw mountbase.[3] This was a basic model of the VEB Zeiss Jena telescopic sight line as 6×36, 6×42M, 8×56M and variable 1.5–6×39, 1.5–6×42M and 3–12×56M magnification variants were also available. The Zeiss Jena non-M telescopic sight models had elevation correction and focusing turrets and were due to the lack of a windage correction turret corrected for windage by a gunsmith during mounting, hence these sights were dedicated to a particular rifle.” This rifle is in Excellent condition with a bright, sharp bore, light scuffs on the stock and about 96% metal finish remaining. The rifle has a definitive balance and sports luxurious ergonomics. The butt plate is adjustable vertically for cheek placement and the Zeiss 4 power scope gives rich clarity with a German reticle and quick disconnect base. The rifle uses the same ammunition as the AK74, which is commercially available. The rifle accepts 5-round detachable magazines and one is provided. The rifle will need a trigger to operate normally, no trigger is provided. Please see our pictures and good luck.

East German SSG 82 SSG82 Scharfschützengewehr Sharpshooter’s 5.45x39mm Rifle, Blue 23.5" Bolt Action Rifle & Zeiss Scope, MFD Ca. 1982
East German SSG 82 SSG82 Scharfschützengewehr Sharpshooter’s 5.45x39mm Rifle, Blue 23.5″ Bolt Action Rifle & Zeiss Scope, MFD Ca. 1982