Many readers may already be familiar with the Austrian AUG rifle (Armee Universal Gewehr, or universal army rifle). However, many may not yet know about the new and improved Steyr AUG-A3, a weapon manufactured in the U.S., thereby avoiding the import restrictions placed on foreign weapons.
After 20 years of production, Steyr Arms has announced its parent company, Steyr Mannlicher, GmbH, has ceased production of it's venerable Pro Hunter rifle line as it focuses on their newest hunting rifle lineup, including the CL II, SM 12 and Scout rifle lines. Steyr has also announced that all remaining Pro Hunter rifles are now on sale.
The Steyr AUG has proven popular with special operations units for a myriad of reasons. A bullpup design, it is as compact as a pistol-caliber SMG (sub-machine gun), yet packs the punch of the 5.56 NATO round. For personnel who parachute, rappel, employ small boats, or swim or climb to their AO (Area of Operations), compact is always better.
Steyr Arms announced today that it has begun shipping the new multi-configurable M1 variant of the AUG A3 bullpup rifle platform to dealers and distributors. Utilizing an optics attachment platform similar to the rare and much-sought-after AUG A2, the AUG A3 M1 will be available nationwide in a Short-Rail version, a High-Rail version as well as an Integrated-Optic version with either a 1.5X or 3X scope.
7 mm Rem. Magnum Bolt Guns: Steyr, Browning Get 'A' Grades
The Steyr AUG A3 SA USA is a bullpup design based on the original Steyr AUG dating back to the early 70s. Various versions of the AUG are in use by military, police and special operations units all over the world. AUG stands for Armee Universal Gewehr or in Yankee language, “universal army rifle.”
Interested in knowing about the best deals of the year only available at the 2019 Steyr Arms Open House? We'll share a few of our upcoming specials with you here.
In 2001, I had an opportunity to evaluate the Steyr M9 9mm pistol. First released in 1999, it caused quite a stir with its racy lines and space-age sights. The M developed a small but loyal following over the next few years. The M40, in 40 S&W and the M357 in .357 SIG followed the 9mm model. In many ways, the M series was similar to the Steyr AUG.
The Steyr Arms Range Day is slated to be held at 500-acre CMP Talladega Marksmanship Park in Talladega, Ala.—home of the Steyr Academy—from noon until 5:00 p.m. on Sat., July 27, 2019. The event is open to the public with free entry and free shooting.