This week Milo has taken a shine to the Steyr AUG A3 Bullpup in .223 caliber. Some of you might recognize the Steyr AUG from SciFi and action movies, and some of you might have seen one in passing and thought “Cool gun!”.
The family of Steyr weapons goes back to before the 1400’s so they know a thing or two about tools of the trade.
Many variations of the Steyr AUG have been fielded by over 30 countries and several states in over 8 wars and countless conflicts. Battle proven is an understatement when talking about the Steyr AUG and it’s variants. The popularity of the Steyr AUG meant it was only a matter of time before there was a civilian version of it available to purchase. The civilian version looks exactly like the military weapon but that’s where the similarities end. The Steyr AUG A3 civilian legal version can’t shoot in full auto like it’s military counterpart, only semi-auto.
In a pro’s hands these “bullpups” are handy in vehicles, close quarters, and maritime missions because their diminutive size over all makes maneuvering tight and restricted areas a breeze. The strength of the design is the receiver, barrel and bolt all fit into the stock allowing for a full sized rifle to take up less overall length and size than a collapsed m4.
Swapping out the barrel to engage targets at medium to long range one merely has to lock the bolt back, push a button and twist out the barrel assembly to swap it for a longer one. This ability to quick change into a designated marksman rifle with the push of a button means that the operator can conduct missions that are ever changing without having to carry extra weapons for the purpose.
In Milo’s eyes it’s just a cool looking gun that’s really fun to shoot with friends. Some argue that Steyr was very likely the originator of the plastic or as they market to today’s youth, “polymer gun”.
Give Milo’s pick of the week the once over in our showroom and see what the Steyr AUG brings to the table.