Today the National Historical Arms Museum has a look at the Steyr Armee Universal Gewehr, better known as the AUG.
The AUG is a bullpup military rifle designed in 1977 in Austria where it was and still is manufactured.
The AUG is made of polymers and aluminum components and is a modular platform. This means that it can be configured into an assault rifle, a carbine, a sniper rifle, a submachine gun or even a light machine gun.
The AUG in its original configuration is chambered in 5.56x45mm NATO and fires from a closed bolt at a cyclic rate of 750 rounds per minute. It is fed from either a 30 or 42 round detachable magazine.
The assault rifle version comes with an integrated 1.5X telescopic sight made by Swarovski in what doubles as a carry handle. Back up iron sights are built in on top of the scope.
The AUG does not have a select fire switch. However, the trigger group is designed to fire the rifle in semi auto mode by squeezing the trigger half way. By squeezing the trigger fully, the AUG will fire full auto.
The AUG has a simple push safety switch above the pistol grip. When pushed to the right, the firearm is safe.
AUG magazines are not interchangeable with the standard NATO STANAG magazines. They are made of a semi translucent polymer which makes them quite distinct looking.
The SMG variant is chambered in 9x19mm Luger and fed from 25 or 32 round magazines.
Because of its design and configuration options, the AUG is a highly versatile military rifle. The design is very well thought out and is even made for left handed shooters. Because of the bullpup design, where the action is located in the butt stock, empty cartridges are ejected close to the operator’s face making it therefor uncomfortable and hazardous for left handed shooters. However, the AUG has an ejection port on both sides of the stock and can be switched by moving a rubber cover over the port.
The Steyr AUG, because every artifact has a story.
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