Steyr AUG [Automatic Rifle]:
The Steyr Aug is a bullpup configuration combat rifle orignially designed for the Austrian military. This rifle is used by several other nations including Australia. The rifle apears exotic and is largely manufactured from high strength plastics and aluminum. Because of this, the rifle is quite lightweight. The Aug is manufactured with a low powered telescopic sight built into the carrying handle. Unlike most rifles, it does not have a selector switch and instead has a two stage trigger. The rifle is gas operated and uses a rotating bolt. There are civilian semi-automatic versions of the Steyr AUG available.
The Rifle is available with 30 round and 42 round magazines. The magazines are made from clear plastic which enable the shooter to be able to see how many they have remaining.
The ejection port of many bullpup configuration rifles in on the right side and prevents the use of the weapon by left handed individuals due to the fact that rounds would eject onto the shooters face. The AUG can be converted for a left handed shooter by inserting a left handed bolt and moving the ejection port cover to the right side. The cooking handle remains on the left hand side but the weapon is still much easier for left handed shooters to use than most bullpup rifles.
All barrels for the Steyr AUG are hammer-forged from high-grade steel and feature chrome-plated bores. The combat rifle is available with multiple barrels for different roles and barrels are interchangeable. There is a 621 mm heavy barrel to act as a light support weapon, a 508 mm barrel as a combat rifle, a 407 mm barrel to act as carbine, and a 350 mm barrel for commando purposes.
The rifle can easily be converted into a 9mm submachinegun with the help of a conversion kit or can be purchased in a 9 mm configuration. The conversion kit includes barrel, bolt group, and magazine adapter for special 9mm magazines. The Steyr AUG in 9 mm fires using the blowback principle, and it does not utilize a rotating bolt like the standard configuration AUG. The Rifle has a longer barrel than most submachineguns and is very accurate. Even so, it is less popular than the MP-5. The weapon uses 25 or 32 round magazines
|Weight:||Light Support Weapon 10.7 (4.85 kg) empty and 11.8 lbs (5.35 kg) fully loaded, Assault Rifle: 8.4 lbs (3.8 kg) empty and 10.4 lbs (4.7 kg) fully loaded, Carbine: 7.9 lbs (3.8 kg) empty and 8.8 lbs (4.0 kg) fully loaded, Commando: 7.8 lbs (3.8 kg) empty and 8.7 lbs (3.95 kg) fully loaded, and 9 mm: 8.2 lbs (3.7 kg) empty.|
|Caliber:||5.56x45mm NATO (.223 Remington) or 9 mm.|
|Barrel Length:||Light Support Weapon: 24.4 inches (62.1 cm), Assault Rifle: 20 inches (50.8 cm), Carbine: 16 inches (40.7 cm), Commando: 13.8 lbs (35.0 cm), and 9 mm: 16.5 in (42.0 cm).|
|Overall Length:||Light Support Weapon: 35.4 inches (90.0 cm), Assault Rifle: 31.2 inches (79.0 cm), Carbine: 27.1 inches (69.0 cm), Commando: 24.8 lbs (63.0 cm), and 9 mm: 26 in (6.65 cm).|
|Action:||5.56 models: Gas operated rotating bolt, 9 mm models: blowback|
|Mode of Fire:||Semi Automatic / Fully automatic.|
|Range:||Light Support Weapon: 1500 feet (457.2 meters), Assault Rifle: 333 feet (400 meters), Carbine: 1200 feet (366 meters), Commando: 984 feet (300 meters), and 9 mm: 328 feet (100 meters).|
|Magazine:||5.56 models: 30 and 42 round box magazines, 9 mm models: 25 and 32 round box magazines.|
|Special:||Innovative design, robust, compact, lightweight plastic and aluminum design. can use a variety of different barrels and can be converted for left handed shooters. Ha s a low powered optical sight in the handle.|
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