January 8, 2010

New Steyr AUG Now Available in 5.56mm

TRUSSVILLE, Ala. — Two decades after it was banned from importation, the Steyr AUG is available in firearm stores across America.

Now built stateside by Steyr subcontractor Sabre Defense, the new Steyr AUG/A3 SA USA made its debut at the 2009 SHOT Show and is now available in 5.56x45mm.

After the importation ban in 1989, the AUG/A1 frequently commanded in excess of $5,000, but the utilitarian Austrian bullpup in its upgraded, modern A3 configuration is now available at a fraction of that. cost.

The AUG/A3 SA USA includes two transparent polymer 30-round magazines, a cleaning kit that stores in the rifle’s buttstock, a factory sling, a soft carry case and an owner’s manual. Suggested retail is $2,295.

With an overall length of 28.15 inches including its 16-inch heavy barrel, the AUG/A3 SA USA measures 8 inches shorter than an AR-15 carbine with a comparable barrel length and an extended stock. And while the AR-15’s gas-impingement system expels a large quantity of operational gas directly into the bolt carrier within the receiver, all gas used to cycle the short-stroke gas-piston AUG design exits the system within an inch of the barrel’s gas port. The new AUG/A3 SA USA also has two gas adjustment settings.

The AUG/A3 SA USA includes a muzzle brake, a last-round bolt-hold-open feature, low-profile bolt release, and redesigned charging handle.

The most obvious departure from the AUG of two decades ago is the lack of an integral optical sight. In keeping with its A3 designation, the new AUG is a flat-top design with a marked, 25-position Picatinny rail. A Picatinny version of the original integrated Austrian “donut reticle” 1.5X optical sight is also available from Steyr Arms. A smaller side rail allows for mounting illumination or laser devices.

Steyr Arms Rifle Specifications

Model Steyr AUG/A3 SA USA
Purpose Target Shooting, Tactical
Manufacturer Steyr Arms
P.O. Box 840
Trussville, AL 35173
(205) 467-6544
Operation Adjustable short-stroke gas-piston semi-automatic
Magazine type/capacity Polymer double-stack detachable box/30 rounds
Receiver material Hard Eloxal-coated aircraft aluminum
Caliber 5.56x45mm (.223 Rem.)
Barrel 16-inch chrome-lined heavy barrel (18.375 inches with muzzle brake)
Rifling 6 grooves, 1:9 RH Twist
Sights No sights; integral 25-slot Picatinny rail
Finish Mannox®
Safety Two-position trigger-blocking
Trigger type Single-stage
Pull weight 9 pounds, 8 ounces
Stock material/type Black synthetic/bullpup
Length of pull 15 inches
Drop at comb 0.57 inch (from rail)
Drop at heel 1 inch (from rail)
Recoil pad Elastomer; 0.3-inch thick
Sling swivels Two (reversible rear)
Pistol grip Integral
Checkering None
Weight, empty 8 pounds
Overall length 28.15 inches
Included accessories Owner’s manual, two 30-round magazines, cleaning kit, sling, and a soft carry case
MSRP $2,295

Comments (8)

Did I miss it somewhere ... are the mags AR15/M4 interchangeable?

Posted by: Buck1911 | January 14, 2010 8:57 PM    Report this comment

In terms of purchasing power, $900 in 1987 is fairly close to $2000 in 2010.

Posted by: WHO4you | January 14, 2010 7:16 PM    Report this comment

Extremely unfriendly to left-handed shooters, without a conversion kit, like almost all bullpup-style weapons. FN P-90 is an exception.

Posted by: JEAN F R | January 14, 2010 7:16 PM    Report this comment

Gun manufacturers are under the impression that we prefer plinking rounds over stopping power. If they keep flooding the market with the 5.56 chambering, we'll never see price breaks on the .308 or 7.62 chambered rifles.

Posted by: JWallace | January 14, 2010 7:14 PM    Report this comment

Yeah, right with you, firstsoldier. Love the gun, hate the cartridge. Wonder if they'll ever make an AUG in 7.26x51.


Posted by: Lee W | January 14, 2010 5:31 PM    Report this comment

At that price it looks like I'm going to be shooting an AK for a loooooong time.

Posted by: firstsoldier | January 14, 2010 12:41 PM    Report this comment

Around 1987-1988, the MSRP was $889.
I remember it well. At the time, I felt that it was waaayyyyy too much to pay.

Posted by: pbs_goat | January 14, 2010 9:56 AM    Report this comment

"After the importation ban in 1989, the AUG/A1 frequently commanded in excess of $5,000, but the utilitarian Austrian bullpup in its upgraded, modern A3 configuration is now available at a fraction of that cost."
yea, almost 1/2? The originals sold for $1000-1500 if I recall. $2295 for a new model without the scope? I'll wait and see what they are actually selling for.

Posted by: JOHN M | January 14, 2010 9:38 AM    Report this comment

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