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SG 553
Price $3000
Origin Switzerland flag Switzerland
Caliber 5.56 caliber
Magazine capacity 30 / 90
Firing mode(s) Automatic
Rate of fire 666 RPM
Used by Terrorist
Reload time 2.8 s
Counterpart AUG
Movement speed
(units per second)
210 / 250 (84%)
Kill Award $300 (Competitive)
$150 (Casual)
Damage 30
Recoil Control 18 / 26 (69%)
Accurate Range 50 m
Armor Penetration 100%
Penetration Power 200
Hotkey B-4-4 T
Entity weapon_sg556

The terrorist-exclusive SG553 is a premium scoped alternative to the AK-47 for effective long-range engagement.
―Official description

For the SG 553's predecessor, see Krieg 552.

The SG 553 is a Swiss assault rifle in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive exclusive to the Terrorists. Its Counter-Terrorist counterpart is the AUG.


The SG 553 serves as the replacement of the Krieg 552 from previous titles. Unlike its predecessor, the SG-553 inflicts more damage and can penetrate through armor flawlessly. Furthermore, using the scope no longer reduces your rate of fire and lowers the recoil significantly. It is one of the few guns capable of scoring fatal headshots, irrespective of range.


Hitbox Primary Attack
Unarmored Armored
Head 120 120
Chest & Arm 30 30
Stomach 37 37
Leg 22 22
Red signifies a fatal hit.


  • Highest first shot accuracy of any assault rifle
  • Highest damage per bullet against armored enemies of any assault rifle
  • 100% armor penetration, making headshots fatal even at extreme long range
  • High firing rate
  • Short reload time
  • Scope increases accuracy, reduces recoil and eliminates tracers while maintaining firing rate
  • Scope gives a fighting chance against snipers at long range compared to unscoped rifles
  • Cheaper than most CT rifles (M4, AUG)


  • High recoil
  • Wide spread upon continuous fire
  • Most expensive assault rifle on the terrorist side
  • Heaviest assault rifle and slowest movement speed
  • Scope slows down movement speed considerably



  • Typical tactics employed by Scout snipers, such as stealth and subterfuge, are applicable to the SG 553 if operating solo.
  • Be sure to take advantage of the scope and aim for the head of targets.
    • Although the scope makes it easier to engage enemies at long ranges, the player should check frequently for nearby enemies attempting to flank the player.
  • Only scope when engaging players at long range; scoping in for combat takes too long.
  • The accuracy quickly falls off when firing full auto. When fired for sustained periods, the accuracy is almost as bad as the Negev and the spray pattern is the largest among rifles (even larger than the AK 47). Burst fire to keep the spread low and refrain from spraying bullets unless there is no other choice.
  • If an enemy player gets too close to the player's position, stop using the scope and aim low and to the left while spraying bullets to combat diagonal recoil.
  • Even when defending or camping, avoid using the scope for too long as the enemy player may try to sneak around you.


  • Do not confront an SG 553 user head-on, but rather try to flank the enemy's position.
    • However, inexperienced SG 553 users may not be able to use this rifle effectively. If an enemy is visibly ineffective, attack the enemy at close proximity with a weapon with a higher rate of fire.
    • Throwing a flashbang in front of the enemy position can increase the player's chances of surviving.
    • An SG 553 user currently in-scope will have less awareness to their surroundings, making them easier to ambush or flank.
    • If attacking an SG 553 user with teammates, spread out to split the enemy's fire.
  • Use powerful sniper weapons, such as the AWP, to easily eliminate SG 553 users at mid-to-long range while avoiding the enemy at close range.


Weapon Specialist
SG553 Expert csgo SG 553 Expert
Kill 100 enemies with the SG 553.


Main article: SG 553/Gallery


  • Before the June 26, 2013 update, the rate of fire would be halved while using optic, to about 360 rpm.
  • The firing sounds of the SG 553 are reused from Krieg 552 in the older versions of Counter-Strike.
  • The SG 553 is the only weapon not affected by Kevlar.
  • The SG 553 and its predecessor, the Krieg 552, are parts of the SG 550 family. The SG 553 is an improved variant of the SG 552 which has more customization options for its user. However, the SG 553 in-game currently has the lowest movement speed and highest recoil for an assault rifle, possibly to make the game more balanced and competitive.
  • The optic used by the SG 553 is the Trijicon ACOG (Advanced Combat Optical Gunsight) like its CT counterpart, the AUG A3; with 3 times magnification instead of 4 in real life.
  • In the February 12, 2014 update in Global Offensive, the scoped view was updated from the old scope and crosshair (identical to sniper scopes) to a green dot sight, which is further updated in the February 20, 2014 update in which the scope dot is now tinted using the player’s crosshair color settings.
  • Due to the recoil mechanics of the weapon, the recoil pattern initially (8-10 shots) is up and to the right, unlike most other rifles with a direct upwards initial pattern. This can put off newer users of the weapon, especially when scoped in.
  • While the SG553 has the same damage drop-off due to range as the AK-47 (2%), it has a higher base damage against armoured enemies. Hence its headshots remain fatal at ranges where the AK-47's aren't (2500 units). However this is mostly a moot point as official maps aren't large enough to implement this.
  • While rarely used in higher-level competitive play, some players occasionally use this weapon to great effect against M4/AK users at range.
  • When dropped, the weapon world model has its ironsight up. In first person, the ironsights are taken down.

Behind the scenesEdit

  • All of the weapon's files refer to it as the "SG 556" instead of the "SG 553". This was the weapon's alpha name.
    • The weapon is in fact actually modeled after the real SG 556 (longer handguard and collapsible stock in comparison to the SG 553 which has a shorter one). However, the real SG 556 is semi-automatic, due to the SG 556 being made for civilian and law enforcement use; while the SG 553 is fully-automatic, like portrayed in-game.
    • Its entity (weapon_sg556), models, textures and HUD icons all refer to it as SG 556.
    • Unused announcer clips from the Alpha and the 2011 Beta give the weapon two names: "Krieg 556" and "Sig 556". Both names fit the older games' naming schemes (The SG 550 and SG 552 were refered to as Krieg 550 and Krieg 552 or Sig 550 and Sig 552.)
  • The weapon's alpha line art purchase icon depicts its scope attached further into the weapon's back.
  • Although a spiritual successor of the SG 552 (Krieg 552), the latter's icons appear in both the Beta and the released game suggesting that it would have either appeared alongside the SG 553 (initially SG 556) or that the former was a placeholder/predecessor to the latter.

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