SSG 08
Alternate name(s) Scout
Game(s) Game icon 730
Price $1700
Origin Austria flag Austria
Caliber 7.62 caliber
Magazine capacity 10 / 90
Firing mode(s) Bolt-action
Rate of fire 48 RPM
Used by Counter-Terrorist
Reload time 3.7 s
Movement speed
(units per second)
230 / 250 (92%)
Kill Award $300 (Competitive)
$150 (Casual)
Damage 88
Recoil Control 12 / 26 (46%)
Accurate Range 47 m
Armor Penetration 85%
Penetration Power 250
Hotkey B-4-3
Entity weapon_ssg08

The SSG 08 bolt-action is a low-damage but very cost-effective sniper rifle, making it a smart choice for early-round long-range marksmanship.
―Official description

For the SSG 08 predecessor, see the Schmidt Scout.

The SSG 08 is a bolt-action sniper rifle in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, replacing the Schmidt Scout from the previous games.

The SSG 08 is is commonly nicknamed Scout due to its heavy physical resemblance to its predecessor.


The Steyr SSG 08 is an Austrian-made bolt-action sniper rifle, fed with 10 rounds of 7.62 NATO. It is equipped with a high power lens scope for long range engagement. Unlike the previous Schmidt Scout, the SSG 08 has increased damage per shot and lower price, making it more lethal and reliable as the alternative for the AWP. As such, the SSG 08 is more easily purchased if a team has lost the previous/pistol round. However, it is heavier than the Scout and users have a running speed of 230.

Like its predecessor, the SSG 08 will always deliver instant headshot kills but does not deal enough damage for an instant kill if a shot to the body is scored. However, unlike the Scout, an unarmored stomach shot will usually kill a target instantly.

The SSG 08 is cheap and its rate of fire is little faster than the AWP. In early rounds, players who wish to snipe can buy this weapon. In later rounds, the SSG 08 is often used by players on the losing side or/and players who have insufficient money to purchase superior sniper rifles. Usually, the SSG 08 is replaced by more powerful (expensive, and heavier) sniper rifles like the AWP and semi-auto sniper rifles. However, a skilled SSG 08 user can suppress most assault rifles at long range and some other sniper rifles by maintaining their ability to score headshots on their enemies and being concealed with stealth or use of cover.

The SSG 08 is the only weapon in the entire Counter-Strike series to be able to perfectly retain its hipfire accuracy while jumping.

Unlike the Scout, the player will not gain a speed bonus when equipped with the SSG 08. However, this is compensated by the increased damage and an instant kill when a shot hits the stomach of unarmored players.


Hitbox Primary Attack
Unarmored Armored
Head 352 299
Chest & Arm 88 74
Stomach 110 93
Leg 66 66
Red signifies a fatal hit.


  • Lightweight
  • No additional speed reduction when zooming
  • Cheap
  • High reserve ammo capacity
  • Fairly quiet
  • Accurate at the peak a jump with no horizontal movement
  • Fairly accurate when un-scoped
  • High penetration
  • Can kill unarmored targets with a shot to the gut


  • Low rate of fire
  • Inflicts low damage for a sniper rifle
  • Long reload time (the same as the AWP)



  • Use this sniper rifle if your money is low.
  • Strafing is essential when wielding this rifle. It is recommended to take cover when chambering a round in the rifle after firing a shot.
  • Scoring headshots is easier with this weapon due to its scope and accuracy (not comparable to the AWP). Be warned though that this is harder to implement once enemies are aware you are armed with this rifle, especially when engaging targets.
  • In competitive mode, players sometimes may not buy armor, especially when they are playing eco. You can aim for the stomach of enemies If targets are not wearing armor, as it will kill them instantly. If they do have armor, it will require another shot to kill them.
  • Carry a dependable sidearm for close-quarter engagements, any pistol that suits you will do fine. If the player hits a target but the enemy was not killed, a single shot from any moderate damage pistol is sufficient to eliminate him at close range. Usually, the Desert Eagle and CZ75 Auto are sufficient, although a P250 and Tec-9 can work as well.
    • It is also recommended to carry an HE grenade to finish off an enemy after connecting with a shot from long distances.
  • If possible, crouch and aim for the head of unaware enemies, the SSG 08 is highly accurate if the user crouches. If they are attempting to intercept your position, fire at the stomach or torso.
  • Avoid engaging groups of enemies. The SSG 08 does not provide enough firepower to counter more than two players, even when they are ranged. You can take one or two out first before vacating from a firing position if they are far enough.
  • Standing still and jumping while scoped gives you a 100% accuracy at the peak of your jump. Use this to kill enemies from behind tall cover (e.g. Outside on de_nuke)
  • Like its predecessor, the SSG 08 has good penetration abilities, it's possible to get double or even triple kills if a shot connects. If enemy targets are lined up, there is a good chance of scoring multi-kills if landing headshots on some or all targets. And like other high caliber weapons, though difficult, but possible to kill via wall-bang tactic.


  • Avoid contact with users at medium and long ranges.
  • Any automatic weapon is able to take out such snipers. Submachine guns, such as the MP7 or the P90, can easily counter users at close range.
  • Keep strafing as the sniper may have a hard time in hitting a moving target. This is important as SSG 08 users might target the head to score an instant kill.
  • Avoid lining up with your teammates as a single bullet from the SSG 08 can penetrate multiple targets.
  • Since the SSG 08 can kill a player instantly with an unarmored stomach, buying Kevlar is recommended for surviving the first shot.
  • Use a smoke grenade to cover vulnerable spots. The low rate of fire of the bolt-action SSG 08 will make its user less likely to spray bullets into a point with low to no visibility.
  • If an SSG 08 user has hit you but was unable to kill you, try to intercept his location quickly before he can fire another shot. If the assailant cannot be found, retreat and/or find cover. The sniper may wallbang, so take care in finding support.
  • The AWP can be effective against novice SSG 08 users, but be careful when facing experienced snipers with good aim. They may be capable in scoring headshots, while you stop and aim. Also, the SSG 08 has a slightly faster rate of fire than AWP, so missing your first shot can sometimes spell your doom even when your weapon is superior.
  • Semi-auto sniper rifles can be used to eliminate SSG 08 users quickly, especially from mid-range. Avoid spraying bullets, fire slowly to reduce the cone of impact.
  • When combat has not occurred yet (usually, at the beginning of a round), snipers with this weapon may effectively camp and await enemies to exit out of enclosed pathways/doors. (Example: The tunnel passage of bombsite B in Dust2.) If a user is highly skilled, that player can eliminate an unaware, rushing target with a headshot. Throw a flashbang or smoke grenade at suspected hiding spots, find another infiltration route, or avoid those areas completely.

Comparison to the AWP



  • Higher rate of fire (48 RPM vs 41 RPM)
  • Lighter
  • Much cheaper (-$3050)
  • Holds more reserve ammunition total (+60)
  • Quieter
  • More Accurate when fired from the hip or in mid-air
  • Higher kill reward
  • Awards more kill points in Deathmatch (+1)
  • While moving, the scope has less magnification blur when zoomed in
  • When scoping in, the scope will reach full accuracy significantly faster than the AWP


  • Same magazine capacity (10)
  • Same firing mode (Bolt-action)
  • Same reload time


  • Lower damage
  • Lower scope magnification
  • Less accurate


Weapon Specialist
SSG 08 Expert csgo SSG 08 Expert
Kill 100 enemies with the SSG 08
Combat Skills
Snipe Hunter csgo Snipe Hunter
Kill 100 zoomed-in enemy snipers
Eye to Eye csgo Eye to Eye
Kill a zoomed-in enemy sniper with a sniper rifle of your own
Hip Shot csgo Hip Shot
Kill an enemy with an un-zoomed sniper rifle.


  • Before the Operation Vanguard update, the SSG 08 had no bonus awarded in Deathmatch mode unlike most of the other weapons. Furthermore, this sniper rifle was not automatically given when the "give random weapons on spawn" was enabled, but has since been fixed.

Behind The Scenes

  • Through the development of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, the SSG 08 has changed its default skin 3 times:
    • While in Alpha and very early Beta versions, the SSG 08 had a flat grey color with a silver scope similar t* its predecessor, the Schmidt Scout.
    • While in Beta as part of the May 25th update, the SSG 08 was fully remodeled and included a black body with a new scope texture.
    • While still in the Beta as part of the August 10th 2012 update, the black color was changed to a grey camouflage, bringing it back to bearing a slight resemblance to the Scout.
  • According to Item schema, SSG 80 reuses muzzle flash particle in 1st person and third person from Left 4 Dead's Hunting Rifle.


  • The SSG 08's animations are identical to the AWP. Originally however, the animations were different.
  • Like the XM1014, the SSG 08's price has changed several times through patches, probably to manage eco rounds easier, especially for CTs.
    • Its former price tags were $2500, $2200, and $2000 before being reduced to just $1700, making it the cheapest sniper rifle in the Counter-Strike series.
  • To fire all bullets of the SSG 08 (10 in the magazine, 90 spare), it will take 117 seconds of continuous fire, making it possible to run out of ammunition in a competitive round, but highly unlikely.
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Note the gap between the weapon and the thumb. The angle of viewmodel is changed to make the effect more visible.

  • The thumb of the player doesn't actually touch the weapon model, but the viewmodel angle made the effect less noticeable.
  • In real life, the SSG 08 cannot be chambered in 7.62 NATO. There are variants of SSG 08 for .243 Winchester, .308 Winchester, .300 Winchester Magnum, and .338 Lapua Magnum, but not 7.62 NATO.

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