I spoke with the president of Steyr Mannlicher at IWA and he informed me that they will import the AUG to the United States through their Trussville, Alabama facility. This is good news for AUG fans, especially since the quality control will be under Steyr’s watchful eye, and not a corporate partner. However, I do not have specific dates or prices to report.
The Austrian-made AUG has been produced, with several mid-life upgrades, since 1977, and is in use by various militaries around the globe. Demand for the AUG in the US in recent years reached a point that two American companies started to produce domestic AUG clones (with some changes) and Steyr partnered with Sabre Defence in the US to import genuine AUGs. However, the latter venture hit a major speedbump when Sabre’s executive team was arrested and charged with major felonies regarding weapons trafficking.