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Steyr AUG A3 M1 AUG taking a nap on a tree AUG Safety
Steyr AUG A3 M1 AUG taking a nap on a tree AUG Safety
  • Compact
  • Quick-change barrels
  • Rugged
  • High MSRP
  • Sub-optimal trigger
Editor’s Note:

The iconic Steyr AUG is the oldest serving bullpup in military history, dating back to 1977. This 5.56x45mm rifle utilizes a short-stroke gas piston and a 16-inch quick-change barrel to deliver a compact, soft shooting experience.  The Steyr AUG’s current incarnation is the Steyr AUG A3 M1, which is available with a short optics rail, extended optics rail, or an integrated 3x optic. Coming in at 8.8 pounds and just 28.15 inches long, the AUG is superbly balanced and is still a gold standard in the bullpup market today.

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Steyr AUG A3 M1 Specs

Barrel Length
16.4in / 16in
Magazine Capacity
5.56 NATO - 223 Rem
Black / Green
Overall Length

Steyr AUG A3 M1 Features

Adjustable short-stroke gas piston
Quick detach barrel
10, 30, and 42-round magazines available
16" cold hammer forged barrel

By The Numbers - Steyr AUG A3 M1

The gun is quite accurate and capable of producing respective groups.
The AUG is known for its legendary reliability and durability.
Outside of barrel swaps and adding optics, there aren't a ton of options for this platform in terms of customization.
The gun gets really high marks in some areas and low marks in others. The trigger kinda sucks and I’m taking a point away solely for that. Reloading is an iffy proposition, and will never be AR fast, but with practice, it’s intuitive enough.

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final verdict

“The Steyr AUG is a great gun. It does have some flaws, and if it was available for around 1,500 bucks it’d be a real winner. It’s a straight-shooting, compact, and well-designed platform that shows us what a bullpup can really do.” – Travis Pike

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