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"ARMEE UNIVERSAL GEWEHR"
A U G
QUALITY, ACCURACY, DEPENDABILITY, VERSATILITY.
The Steyr AUG was developed by the Austrian Office
of Military Technology under a project headed by Colonel Walter Stoll. By
the end of the 1960's it was apparent that the international trend in
military small arms was moving toward lighter and more compact rifles.
NATO's 5.56x45mm cartridge was chosen as a proven performer in combat and
Britain's EM-2 bullpup configuration was picked for compactness and ease of
handling. Interchangable barrels were specified to provide a submachine
gun, carbine, assault rifle, sniper rifle and light support weapons in a
basic bullpup system.
Austrian military trials then compared the AUG with the FN FAL (Austrian
Stg 58 in 7.62mm NATO), the Czech Vz58 in 7.62x39 ComBloc, and the 5.56mm
NATO FN CAL and Colt M16A1. The AUG proved to be at least as reliable as
any of its competitors. It also proved to be superior in accuracy
potential, target acquisition, handling characteristics, and full-auto fire
controllability. In short, the AUG proved to be a winner.
Now in service with the Austrian Federal Army for more than eight years,
the AUG has also been adopted by Saudi Arabia, Oman, Tunisia, Malaysia,
Djibouti, and Morocco. It is also used by the U.S Navy Seals, the British
SAS, and the Cambridge (England) police. Australia is currently conducting
comparison trials in an attempt to decide on the AUG or the American M16A2
for their troops. Austria's proven bullpup has also garnered some
endorsement from the guys in black hats. Columbian M-19 Marxist rebels have
also obtained a number of AUGs from Tunisia via Libya.
Steyr's AUG (Armee Universal Gewehr), is a space-age
assault rifle with many appealing features. Based on the bullpup design,
the AUG is chambered for the 5.56 NATO cartridge.
The AUG is an ambidextrous rifle as the bolt is replaceable and the
ejection port may be moved to either side of the receiver. Even the
carrying strap swivels may be repositioned for convenient port-side carry.
The AUG functions in a gas-operated, semi-automatic firing mode (in
selective-fire configuration, it is the standard arm of the Austrian army).
A gas-pressure adaptor has a shut-off valve located on the barrel with two
settings-for firing under normal or adverse conditions.
This high-tech assault rifle employs a unique 30-round, lightweight
magazine made of transparent plastic which leaves no doubt as to
the number of rounds one has left. The one-piece, greenish-colored stock is
made of a durable plastic and houses the receiver group, hammer mechanism
and magazine well. The pistol grip is integral with the stock, and a
cross-bolt safety that locks the trigger is conveniently located just above
the "rest" position of the shooter's right thumb.
Three interchangeable barrel lengths are available-a 20-inch tube is
standard while 16 and 24-inchers are optional. The cold hammer-forged
barrel is chrome-lined and locks into the receiver by rotating it 1/8th
turn. The forward positioned folding pistol grip is utilized to provide a
handle to remove hot barrels which may be plunged into water for immediate
cooling without suffering any consequences. A flash hider is attached to
What appears to be a top-mounted carrying handle doubles as a 1.5X
scope that has full windage and elevation adjustments. The AUG
quickly and easily breaks down into six basic component parts groups.
With the switch toward a heavier 5.56mm bullet, the AUG is ready with a
barrel which has six lands and grooves and a right-hand twist with one turn
in nine inches, which better stabilizes the heavier projectile. The lighter
bullet - 55 grains - is better suited to a one in 14.
The AUG is futuristic in both design and concept. It seems to have solved
many of the inherent problems with assault rifles, mainly overall size and
weight. With the 20-inch barrel snugged into place, the AUG measures a
compact 31 inches long and weighs just a shade under eight pounds...Just a few reasons why the Steyr AUG family of weapons are perfectly suited
to the special weapons needs of today's law enforcement community. The
Steyr AUG weapon system is an example of modern manufacturing technology,
the use of state-of-the-art materials, and forward thinking design
innovations. Since the time of its introduction, the Steyr AUG has been the
answer to a need for a modern, ergonomic, durable and accurate combat
rifle. First fielded with the Austrian Army, the AUG in its various forms
has been adopted by over 18 countries for use in their militaries and
special forces units. Additionally the AUG has seen use in countless
numbers of law enforcement agencies worldwide.
SHORT OVERALL LENGTH
The Steyr AUG is designed on a "Bullpup " principal which makes it 25%
shorter than other rifles with similar barrel lengths without compromising
ballistic performance. The bullpup design does away with the folding stock
feature found on many weapon types, allowing the AUG to be instantantly
available for accurate shoulder firing. A shorter overall length means
unmatched maneuverability which gives the user faster target engagement and
allows the AUG to be easily maneuvered through small spaces such as a
patrol car, SWAT vehicles, and APCS. Additionally the shorter overall
length gives the user a decisive advantage when close quarter environments
are encountered. The Bullpup design also allows a longer barrel length thus
enhancing accuracy and increasing the terminal velocities of the
ammunition. Therefore the AUG has an advantage over conventional weapons
which depend on a shorter barrel to decrease the overall length of the
INTEGRAL OPTICAL SIGHT
The Steyr AUG comes standard with a 1.5x optical sight which is built-in to
the receiver and is fully protected from damage by the aluminum receiver
housing. Additionally, the optic is sealed in its housing and is waterproof
to a depth of 30 feet. The optical sight housing also acts as a carrying
handle for the weapon. The use of the optical sight has been proven to
increase hit probability and decrease target acquisition time (spotting and
identifying the target) and engagement time (the decision to fire and put a
round on target). Target acquisition and engagement time with the AUG
optical sight has been estimated at 1.5 seconds (where only two points are
aligned) versus the conventional open sight at 3 seconds (where three
points must be aligned). Target acquisition time is decreased by one-half
which means the user is faster and therefore has a decisive advantage in
the field. In low light or night environments optical sights have proven
far better than conventional sights, and target acquisition is possible for
the AUG long after the ability to use a conventional open sight has passed.
The 1.5x magnification of the AUG optical sight allows the user to fire the
weapon with both eyes open eliminating the worry of losing peripheral
vision and developing "tunnel vision" while sighting through the optic.
Additionally, the optical sight on the AUG decreases training time for the
user - thus greatly reducing ammunition and training costs.
When the Steyr AUG was designed, special attention was paid to the shape of
the weapon and how it would interact with the human user. The end result is
a perfectly balanced and human engineered weapon. The AUG's center of
balance is directly centered at the pistol grip allowing it to be operated
with one hand if necessary as opposed to other weapon types which tend to
be front heavy and cumbersome. Additionally, the safety mechanism is
operated by the thumb and index finger and is fully ambidextrous, allowing
it to be manipulated at will. This gives the AUG an advantage, as the
safety may always be in the "on" position; at the moment the user has
acquired a target and is ready to fire, the safety can be deactivated, the
weapon fired, and the safety reactivated without any noticeable loss in
target engagement time. The left handed person was also kept in mind, as
the AUG can easily be adapted in seconds for left handed users with the
installation of a left hand bolt assembly. The user does not have to think
about looking for a fire selector on the AUG. Modes of fire are selected by
the AUG's two stage trigger, short pulls of the trigger provide single
shots and a long pull to the rear provides full auto or burst fire.
Additionally the AUG selective fire rifles can be equipped to fire
semi-auto only by the installation of a semi-auto hammer group.
The Steyr AUG has been designed to be the most durable and dependable
weapon available today. More than 23 components of the AUG system including
the stock, magazine and hammer mechanism are made of high-impact,
extremely-rigid, synthetic material . These parts are friction resistant
and need no lubrication to operate, giving them a very long life cycle. The
receiver is made of a precision cast and machined high strength alloy which
is corrosion resistant and easy to maintain. This receiver encloses a cold
hammer forged, chrome-lined barrel with a minimum service life of 15,000
rounds. The AUG is easily disassembled to major components without tools,
and most parts require no fitting. This decreases basic maintenance cost,
as armory training is very simple.
The AUG weapon system is completely modular. All components, including
barrels, receivers, and spare parts are completely interchangeable from
weapon to weapon. This is an advantage, as with the addition of special
equipment and accessories, a single AUG can be tailored to suit a wide
variety of operational requirements. Using a "building block" principal,
the user can configure the AUG in any of its various forms.
THE STEYR AUG,
AN OBVIOUS CHOICE
No other weapon system available offers quality, dependability,
versatility, firepower, accuracy and ergonomic design in a package as
compact as that of the AUG. These advantages of the Steyr AUG render it the
obvious choice of law enforcement professionals.
* Caliber 5.56x45mm NATO (.223 Remington)
* Barrel length 508mm (20 inches)
* Barrel twist Right-hand twist of one turn in 9 inches
* Chamber and Barrel Chrome plated
* Overall Length 790mm (31 inches)
* Height 275mm (11 inches)
* Weight of Weapon
Without Magazine 3.6kg (7.9 pounds)
O.K. You can still get one. The AUG. rifle was imported into the good old U.S.A. for quite some time , but that all
changed back in 1986 when then president Bush passed the assault Weapons Ban Bill. AUG's
were expensive enough ( going for $1000 - $1500 dollars). But when the ban came into effect
the small quantify of AUG's that were in the states fetched a premium price. Now a pre ban
semi auto AUG. in mint condition can command a price upwards of $5000.00 That's
a little to high considering you can purchase other pre ban weapons of comparable quality and
reliability for $800 - $1000.
Well all that almost change when Steyr introduced the AUG. "USR" rifle. Basically it is the
famous AUG. but with a thumb hole stock.
( notice right in back of the pistol grip , there is
plastic going up to the frame of the firearm , hence the thumb hole ) That is how you can tell
that's is a post ban rifle.
It's basically the same. These rifles were going for $1800 - $2000 new. These rifles were
imported into the county until the president signed an executive order as of april 1998
stopping all importation of the so called post ban rifles , including the AUG. USR. That started
the prices rising again for the post ban USR"s. These rifles are going from $2300 to what ever
you are willing to pay. Very few were imported to the US to start , so if you see an AUG. for
a great price ( you can hope ) pick one up. I have not personally fired the AUG. family of
rifles , but what i had heard from many people is that the AUG. is a very reliably rifle.I had a
chance to purchase a pre ban AUG back in 90 for the sum of $1300.00 with six mag"s in mint
condition. If i can only go back in time!!!!!!!!
Please E Mail me with any likes and dislikes of the AUG family of rifles
"THE STEYR AUG , AN OBVIOUS CHOICE"