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Steyr AUG
Production information

Steyr Mannlicher GmbH & Co KG


Assault rifle

Technical specifications
Feed system
  • 30 rounds
  • 5.56×45mm NATO

Gas-operated, rotating bolt


Late 20th century-present


The Steyr AUG is an Austrian-made bullpup assault rifle chambered in 5.56×45mm NATO.


The Steyr AUG is a bullpup design — in other words, the firing chamber is located behind the trigger. This allows the weapon to have a far longer barrel in a smaller overall package, while also placing the action in the stock, utilizing space that is wasted in a conventional layout and also giving the weapon improved recoil characteristics. Other notable features include its translucent magazines, allowing the amount of remaining ammunition within to be determined with a quick visual inspection, its vertical foregrip and the integrated scope of early variants. The weapon can also be quickly and easily converted for a left-handed shooter.

The Steyr AUG is often incorrectly cited as the first bullpup assault rifle. However, this is not true, as the British-designed EM-2 preceded it. However, the AUG was the first bullpup assault rifle to see widespread use as the EM-2 was dropped after the prototype stage.


In Predator 2, several Colombian Scorpions are armed with Steyr AUGs during their firefight with the LAPD.


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