|Caliber||5.56 x 45 mm|
|Weight (empty)||3.8 kg|
|Length (with folded stock)||–|
|Barrel length||508 mm|
|Muzzle velocity||950 m/s|
|Cyclic rate of fire||650 rpm|
|Practical rate of fire||40 – 100 rpm|
|Magazine capacity||30 / 42 rounds|
|Range of effective fire||450 – 500 m|
The Steyr AUG has been developed since the late 1960s by the Austrian Steyr-Daimler-Puch company in conjunction with the Austrian Army. The AUG stands for Universal Army Rifle. This assault rifle has been adopted in 1977 as the StG.77. It’s production commenced in 1978. It replaced the obsolete StG.58 assault rifle, which was a license-built version of the FN FAL. Since it’s introduction the AUG gained serious popularity. It had been adopted by a number of countries. This weapon is license produced in Australia as the Lithgow F88, commonly known as Austeyr. The AUG can be considered as the most commercially successful bullpup design to date.
The Steyr AUG is chambered for the 5.56 x 45 mm standard NATO round. It is a gas operated, selective fire rifle with bullpup layout. This weapon was considered to be revolutionary in many respects when it first appeared. The Steyr AUG made it’s name for it’s reliability, good ergonomics and decent accuracy.
The Steyr AUG has a modular design. It was designed as a family of rifles that could be quickly adapted to a variety of roles by simply changing the barrel. There are four basic barrels.