Short, compact, odd-looking but distinctive, Steyr’s 5.56 mm AUG (Armee Universal Gewehr) has been the most successfully received of all the military bullpup designs. Adopted in 1978 by Austria, the AUG is the official arm of a number of countries, most notably Australia and New Zealand.
The Steyr Arms SSG69, Kimber 84M LPT, and Ruger Hawkeye Tactical rifle all hit their marks. Picking between them is a matter of choosing which features you must have to shoot only one shot.
In 2009, Steyr introduced the SSG 08 bolt-action rifle as the answer to those requiring top accuracy from an out-of-the-box rifle. Clearly police and military agencies equipping specialized units benefit from rifles that are simply issued, sighted in, and deployed without needing any tweaks that might vary from one gun to the next. And while many of us civilians enjoy the process of tuning a rifle or finding just the right load, there are those who want a high performance rifle that works at its best, all the time, every time, right from the start--a rifle such as the SSG 08.
Several years ago we had the chance to test the single-shot Steyr HS-50 and it was impressive. It was very accurate and possessed a pleasing quality feel,
The Steyr M9-A1 packs 17+1 rounds of 9mm in a compact package with innovative styling and safety features. Shown here with the SureFire X300 WeaponLight mounted.
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.
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.
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.”
Mike Powell receives a Steyr Half Stock Mountain Classic to test – and has a hard time giving it back. I have personally owned two Steyr rifles: the original Pro Hunter and a Pro Hunter Mountain. These were both synthetic models, and very good too. When the opportunity cropped up thanks to the Sportsman Gun Centre to try one of the latest half-stocked models, I jumped at it.
Austrian autopistol packed with performance! The outstanding ergonomics of the Steyr Arms C9-A1 pistol make it one gun that can satisfy numerous roles for a variety of shooters.
Steyr’s Scout/SSG 08 hybrid delivers the pirate-dropping goods out to 800+ yards! There are two Steyr bolt-action rifles that have become benchmarks in recent rifle history: the Steyr Scout all-around rifle and the SSG 08 sniper rifle.
Steyr has been in the semi-automatic handgun game since 1894. The Austrian company introduced a striker-fired, polymer-frame service pistol in 1999 called the M series, soon followed by S-series pistols with shortened slides and frames for concealed carry. Offered in 9 mm, .357 SIG and .40 S&W, the pistols gained a cult following in the United States because of their accuracy and exceptional ergonomics.
New 9mm that straddles the line between a full-size duty pistol and concealed carry gun!
Our resident sniper trainer wrings out the newest bolt-action sureshot that’s packed with shooter-friendly features.
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.