A more recent Steyr Aug Review can be found here

When I think of the word bullpup, I think of the Steyr AUG. It has been seen in games, movies, and in militaries all around the globe. It is arguably the most successful bullpup design on the planet. Originally I was not sure how well I would like it since it is almost 30 years old now and people constantly hack away at it by calling it old and outdated. But I noticed that many of the AUG features are still desirable, such as the quick change barrel and the ease of disassembly. Many people will bash it for not having a place in today’s market of bullpups and “Hi-Tech” rifle designs, yet people still look to the AUG for inspiration when looking to design a modular rifle that is still reliable and will not lose zero when changing barrels.


When Steyr originally designed the AUG, they intended to replace many different types of small arms at once with one system that could fill different roles by simply pressing a button and swapping out the barrel.

Steyr AUG

The acronym AUG actually translates to “universal army rifle“, or “Armee-Universal-Gewehr“. The AUG was designed to serve as an assault rifle, an LMG, and even a DMR. Steyr introduced this design in a bullpup, which was very new and unconventional to a lot of people. Also, let us not forget that this rifle was one of the first rifles to incorporate a heavy use of polymers in its construction. This made it very easy to keep the design light, while also allowing the rifle to reinforce critical areas that would need to be reinforced. This gave the Steyr AUG a very weird and futuristic look back when it first came out. I believe this may be one of the reasons a lot of countries adopted it initially, because it was a big deal to be up to date on the latest and greatest technology.


The most common version of the AUG is in it’s assault rifle format. This usually means that the rifle is outfitted with a 20″ barrel and a 30 round magazine. The carbine barrel length on the AUG is 16”, which is the standard length of the AUG A3 rifles. Also, the standard setup for this variant of the AUG is a receiver that sports an integrated 1.5x magnified optic or a rail that allows you to mount whatever type of optic you find desirable.