The 550 platform embodies aesthetic elegance and ergonomic design. It features a Mauser-style claw extractor for controlled feeding and extraction and a compact trigger mechanism that is fully adjustable and able to be used as a single stage or a single set trigger. These rifles all have a positive 2-position safety, a classic square bridge receiver with a 19mm dovetail milled into it, and a cold hammer-forged, factory-lapped barrel.
The CZ 550 American has all the features of the CZ 550 Lux, but in a package that has the American shooter in mind. Intended to be used with optics, it features a classic American pattern stock in walnut or Kevlar composite. A detachable magazine is used on the .243 variant.