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AUG A1
Steyr Armee Universal Gewehr
Country of origin

Austria

Manufacturer(s)

Steyr Mannlicher, Thales Australia, Lithgow Facility, SME Ordnance

Designer(s)

Steyr Mannlicher

Production began

1978

Weapon type

Assault rifle, Submachine Gun, Light Machine Gun

Caliber
Action

Gas-operated, Rotating bolt

Overall length

790 millimeters (Standard), 690 millimeters (Carbine), 630 millimeters (Subcarbine), 900 millimeters (HBAR), 665 millimeters (Para)

Barrel length

508 millimeters (Standard), 407 millimeters (Carbine), 350 millimeters (Subcarbine), 621 millimeters (HBAR), 420 millimeters (Para)

Weight empty

3.6 kilograms (Standard), 3.3 kilograms (Carbine), 3.2 kilograms (Subcarbine), 3.9 kilograms (HBAR), 3.3 kilograms (Para)

Magazine/Cylinder capacity

30 or 42 rounds

Cyclic rate

650–700 rounds/min

Maximum effective range

Sighted for 450 meters

The Steyr AUG series is a family of firearms, first introduced in 1977 by the Austrian company Steyr Mannlicher. AUG stands for Armee-Universal-Gewehr, meaning "Universal Army Rifle." It is often used to refer to a specific version, especially the initial version which was 5.56 x 45 mm NATO bullpup assault rifle, with a distinctive green sleek frame and the permanent use of the Swarovski Scope. It has since spawned a variety of related weapons including a submachine gun, a designated marksman rifle, and various Light Machine Guns. It has been adopted by a number of armed forces and organizations and is the standard service rifle of Austria, Australia, New Zealand, Luxembourg, Ireland, and at one point Malaysia.

The weapon's standard version introduced in 1977. Available with a choice of green or black furniture. Was adopted by the Austrian Army as the STG 77 (notice German relation to StG-44) in 1977, where it replaced the ageing 7.62mm STG 58 automatic rifle (a license-built FN FAL). In production since 1978, it is the standard small arm of the Austrian Bundesheer and various police units.

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