Steyr AUG A3 Disassembly and Internals

I asked Dave, who blogs at LetsKillDave and is a reader of TFB, to take photos of the internals of his new civilian Steyr AUG A3 rifle and he was kind enough to oblige.

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16″ barreled AR-15 vs. 16″ AUG. The bullpup length advantage is obvious.

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AR-15 bolt vs. AUG bolt. Very similar design.

I highly recommend reading Dave’s blog post. I learnt a lot about the AUG design that I did not know before.

Thanks Dave.

Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


  • One thing I didn’t call out in the M4/Steyr gun pic — you’ll notice that the LMT’s stock is fully collapsed, hardly a configuration that I would use. Keep that in mind when comparing!

  • Peter

    The AUG is a great little gun. I used them for 4 years in the NZ Army. Not the best for shooting at night though. Ours came with the built in factory optics which mitigated its effectiveness to some degree, I envied my Aussie Army counterparts who had the forsight to issue their forces with models to which they could apply their own optics/scopes. The AUG is an awesome and versatile weapon with the right optics… and field stripping is a peice of cake. Not the best configuration for millitary drill though.
    I miss my baby…

  • Peter

    Yeah – by about 17 years. 🙂