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The SG 552 is a Tier 2 weapon in Left 4 Dead 2.


The SG 552 is a fully automatic assault rifle, very similar in capability to the standard in-game M-16 Assault Rifle, since it has the same non-scope accuracy and damage per shot, but has a bit higher fire rate and has a 2x scope, which accentuates its long-range accuracy, much like a Hunting Rifle or a Sniper Rifle, but not nearly to the same degree as either of these weapons. Using the scope also reduces the weapon's rate of fire.

When used without sighting through the scope, the SG 552 has extremely tight crosshairs when fired from a standing-still posture on account of it being a hybrid between an assault and a sniper rifle as it's a scoped rifle. Reloading is slower than that of the M-16 Assault Rifle, but is still faster than the Combat Rifle.

The SG 552 is used by Bill, Louis, Nick, and Rochelle (as well as Zoey in the Xbox 360 version of Left 4 Dead 2).


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  • This weapon is suitable for all ranges due to its scope and high rate of fire. When using the scope, the rate of fire decreases, compensating for accuracy.
  • The SG 552 can be compared to a high-accuracy counterpart of the M-16 Assault Rifle with arguably weaker defensive ability. Its high accuracy and scope makes it a deadly sniping weapon that can pick off foes regardless of distance, but its high fire rate, average damage and low reload speed can often force the user to endure a slow reload at the worst times (eg. surrounded by Infected).
  • As such, it is best accompanied with a sidearm or a melee weapon to preserve ammo in indoor areas and when surrounded by Infected.
  • To preserve ammo, shoot in short bursts, or use the scope to limit its rate of fire.
  • Instead of crouching for long ranges, the player can take advantage of the scope, as the accuracy will be pretty high. However, the fire rate will be noticeably reduced.
  • When using an ammo upgrade, try your best to fire single shots and use the scope for medium range to prevent waste of precious ammunition.

Pros and cons[]


  • Very versatile at all ranges owing to its scope, standing and crouching accuracy.
  • Highest rate of fire of allmost all primary weapons, except submachine guns.
  • Very accurate while not moving.
  • Pinpoint accurate when scoped in and firing few shots at a time, making it very effective for long-range sniping.
  • Suitable for practically all ranges due to its accuracy.
  • When equipped with laser sights, the accuracy is increased significantly. The scope has basically perfect aim.


  • Sacrifices effectiveness for versatility
    • Unless the player finds laser sights, using the scope both the Hunting Rifle and Sniper Rifle are slightly more accurate and deal more damage per second.
    • At mid to close range, the Assault Rifle reloads faster without sacrificing much overall damage output, and the AK-47 deals more damage per second.
  • Very high fire rate when unscoped: if a careless player uses the weapon in full auto the whole time, the ammo reserves rapidly deplete.
  • Limited defensive capability while surrounded due to its damage per second and magazine capacity being nearly identical to the M-16 Assault Rifle while possessing a slower reload.
  • Not very accurate at medium range while unscoped and mobile.



Primary Weapons
Tier 1 Chrome invert.png Chrome Shotgun / Pump invert.png Pump Shotgun / MP5 Invert.png MP5 / Mac10 invert.png Silenced Submachine Gun / Uzi invert.png Submachine Gun
Tier 2 Ak invert.png AK-47 / Scar invert.png Combat Rifle / M16 invert.png M-16 Assault Rifle / SIG Invert.png SG 552 / Auto invert.png Auto Shotgun / Spas12 invert.png Combat Shotgun / AWSM Invert.png AWP / Hunting invert.png Hunting Rifle / Steyr Invert.png Scout / G3 invert.png Sniper Rifle
Special Tier Grenade launcher inverted.png Grenade Launcher / M60Icon.png M60 Machine Gun
Secondary Weapons
Sidearms Pistol inverted.png M1911 Pistol / Deagle invert.png Magnum Pistol / Pistol inverted.png P220 Pistol
Melee Weapons Bat invert.png Baseball Bat / Cricket invert.png Cricket Bat / Crowbar invert.png Crowbar / Axe invert.png Fireaxe / Pan invert.png Frying Pan / GolfClubIcon.png Golf Club / Guitar invert.png Guitar / Katana invert.png Katana / Knife Invert.png Knife / Machete invert.png Machete / Baton invert.png Nightstick / Icon pitchfork inverted.png Pitchfork / Icon shovel inverted.png Shovel
Special Tier Chainsaw invert.png Chainsaw
Other Weapons
Grenades Bile invert.png Bile Bomb / Molotov inverted.png Molotov Cocktail / Pipebomb invert.png Pipe Bomb
Upgrades L4D2 ammo explosive.png Explosive Ammunition / L4D2 ammo incendiary.png Incendiary Ammunition / Laser sight HUD invert.PNG Laser Sight
Fixed Weapons MMG Icon.png Heavy Machine Gun / Minigun icon.png Minigun
Usable Items Explosive Barrel HUD invert.png Explosive barrel / Fireworks icon.png Fireworks / Gas canister HUD invert.png Gas can / Oxytank icon.png Oxygen tank / Propane tank icon.png Propane tank
Special Items Cola.png Cola / Gnome icon.png Gnome Chompski
Featured in both games / L4D1-exclusive / L4D2-exclusive (Counter-Strike weapons / PC-exclusive)