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.
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-15s 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 barrels 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.
|Model||Steyr AUG/A3 SA USA|
|Purpose||Target Shooting, Tactical|
P.O. Box 840
Trussville, AL 35173
|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|
|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)|
|Weight, empty||8 pounds|
|Overall length||28.15 inches|
|Included accessories||Owners manual, two 30-round magazines, cleaning kit, sling, and a soft carry case|