Gun Report

Steyr AUG/A3 SA USA Bullpup Rifle 5.56x45mm NATO-223 Rem.

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Steyr adherents love this gun, but our team was underwhelmed with it. It is a unique and well-made product, and its best uses—entry, or close-quarters battling—might give it a boost if we had those day-to-day duties. But for most of us, it’s too expensive to be a plinker or ranch rifle.

Steyr AUG/A3 SA USA Bullpup Rifle 5.56x45mm NATO-223 Rem.

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Here’s how the AUG looks dressed out with an optional full front-rail package, detachable grip, and a flashlight.
The stock version of the gun, which we tested, has just a short rail on the right side, and the built-in frontgrip.
At the bench, the AUG didn’t impress us. It had a sluggish, heavy trigger with an indistinct release—a bullpup design issue that fans are apparently willing to overlook. Also, the action cycled underneath the shooter’s nose, transmitting vibration as noise into the shooter’s head. And the gun’s flash hider spit hot bits of stuff out of the vents. We didn’t notice that the other rifles spit quite as badly as the AUG.

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