As stated in the “What I’ve heard” section of The Rifle page, there is a rumor that the first 100 SSG 82s produced are called the “Switzerland Model”. These early models are said to differ from the rest of the rifles mainly in the aspect of having polygonal rifling (used in such rifles as the H&K PSG1) as opposed to traditional rifling. To some this may seem inconsequential but for those who have participated in the heated “which rifling is better” debate, this is a big deal and if you are not familiar with the differences I urge you to educate yourself in this regard. Being lucky enough to not only own a SSG 82 in the 002x serial number range, but to have a friend who owns one in the 06xx range, I am presented with a unique opportunity in which I can display some of the differences and you can judge for yourself what you want to believe.
The first and most obvious difference is in the appearance of the exterior of the barrel. The later model has the forging marks present on many hammer forged barrels, whereas my early model is smooth much like any other run-of-the-mill rifle. Next we have a difference in the stamping of the bottom of the barrel, which is displayed in the pictures. As far as the rifling is concerned, my early model does appear to have smoother rifling in the sense that the edges of the lands/grooves are slightly (and I mean slightly) less pronounced and the transition between them appear to be more of a slant. However it is hard to tell an appreciative difference between the two in such a small bore, but I can tell you they both share 4 distinct lands and grooves. Also, the extractor on the later model is simply black while the extractor on the early model has the rainbow coloring caused by hardening, but I’m sure they are both hardened. Finally, my early rifle has an unfinished stock whereas the later model has an attractive honey colored varnish, and my rifle does not have the serial number of the gun stamped on the bottom of the scope like the later model.