New Steyr AUG A3 Variant

Steyr AUG A3 SF

Steyr is celebrating their 150th anniversary, having first established 1864 in Austria. They have also recently moved into a new facility. Thirdly, they are offering a new AUG A3 receiver design, currently titled the “M1”.

This version is already sold internationally, in select-fire, as the Steyr AUG A3 SF (top photo).

Working with VLTOR, Steyr Arms is offering a fixed-mount optic receiver. Although it looks like a single machined part, the optic mounts with a fixed pin, which can be seen inserted in the front of the mount. The new version will be offered in tan and “mud” as well as the standard black and olive drab stocks. There is no current MSRP.

Steyr AUG A3 M1 Optic

This magnified image shows the seam between optic and receiver.

It was no effort to hit a gong on the steel plate at 110 yards. However, stupidly, I did not ask whom is manufacturing the optic for them. I plan to gather this info tomorrow. The handguard rail and grip are both aftermarket and it is expected to be offered with the traditional folding grip.

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Using the AR15/STANAG magazines below, for comparison, is the NATO version of the AUG A3 with the integral elongated rail.

AUG A3 NATO R



Ethan M

Ethan’s firearm interests are mostly with Cold War era select-fire weapons and their semi-auto counterparts.


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  • I asked a few questions about this rifle:
    Registered sears and hammer packs won’t work according to the rep
    There is no domestic select fire version (import only)
    Multiple barrel lengths will be available
    Vltor receiver, FN barrel
    Optic is not a Zeiss (he forgot who made it)
    The Steyr Rep endorsed the ratworx suppressor!

    All in all a very cool gun!

    • Nokloss

      The optic is made by a Czech manufacturer afair. Quite good for the price, they are just a bit sticky at first, but after a few shots the adjustment works just fine. I shot and adjusted about 1200 of the new A3 SF with only one malfunction of the adjustment screws (wrong assembly).

      • nokeo

        The optics are from Swarovski Optik; an Austrian company.

  • Bud Spencer

    The optics for the austrian army versions are “in-house” production. But basically swarovski and kahles produce them. The “new” Stg77 A3 Version has been in testing by the Jagdkommando for quite some time now. (3 years?)

    New Steyr AUG A3

    Sadly no austrian-legal version for this A3, just the old model 🙁

    • Nokloss

      The “new” optics which are built in the A3 SF model for the Jagdkommando and such are no longer made “in-house”, they are from czech (same manufacturer that does most of the parts for the Meopta optics) and not as good as the good old swarovski and kahles ones.

  • iksnilol

    When will they modernize it? Make a ambi stock like that guy in germany did? It already is pretty modular (quick change barrel and being able to easily remove the bolt)

    I really like the AUG but they are handicaping themselves.

    • Nokloss

      There is already a ambi stock (-kit) available in europe. Already shot it in a lefty configuration.

      • iksnilol

        Where? I am in Europe where can one buy that stock?

        • Nokloss

          Call Steyr Mannlicher, I think Mr. Wurm should be the one to speak to. Or maybe Mrs. Zoettl from the sales department.

        • Nokloss

          Call Steyr Mannlicher, I think Mr. Wurm should be the one to speak to. Or maybe Mrs. Zoettl from the sales department.

          • iksnilol

            Now just to get my hands on an AUG.

            Knowing myself, I would probably try to convert it to 7.62×39 and 6.5 grendel.

          • Nokloss

            .300BLK sounds more fun if you ask me. Combined with a short barrel and QD suppressor of course.
            Makes the conversion easier as well, you would only have to change the barrel.

          • iksnilol

            Short barrels are kinda hard to do here in Norway. Minimum overall length has to be 33.5 inches.

          • Nokloss

            .300BLK sounds more fun if you ask me. Combined with a short barrel and QD suppressor of course.
            Makes the conversion easier as well, you would only have to change the barrel.

    • Dasop

      Australian army has been producing LH varients for over 20 years. Only requires change over bolt, swap the ejection port cover and around 10min of your time. Pretty simple operation. Not sure if these mods are available in europe.

      • iksnilol

        There is a difference between ambi and lefty. I know you can change it from right to left handed. I want to be able to shoot the same gun with the same stock/bolt both left and right handed.

        • Lonnie

          if all firearms were built that way most people couldn’t afford them

          • iksnilol

            Why? Why would it cost much more to make something ambi?

            Besides a Steyr AUG isn’t a “cheap” firearm.

  • Lance

    Yawn a AUG with a Leopold style tac scope. ohh well.

    • noguncontrol

      yay!! we need more AUGs!!

    • DW

      Yawn another lance post. Seriously, stop.

    • 00bk

      Yet another insightful and thought provoking comment from everyone’s favorite TFB regular.

    • 00bk

      Yet another insightful and thought provoking comment from everyone’s favorite TFB regular.

  • bbmg

    1. Take 1960s assault rifle design
    2. Add rails
    3. ????
    4. PROFIT!!!

    • Andrey Martim

      They do that with lots of weapons, M14 SAGE EBR Stocks, newer models of the AR-15 rifle, AK variants full of rails, no surprise here.

      • bbmg

        Oh I’m not picking on Steyr here, they’re just following the trend – but that still doesn’t qualify as progress.

        • gunslinger

          if it was good enough for (insert old battle here), it’s good enough for me…

          • Nokloss

            Call Steyr Mannlicher, I think Mr. Wurm should be the one to speak to.

        • Cymond

          It is not revolutionary, but it IS progress. If anything, that is the definition of progress. It is a step, not a leap.

        • Andrey Martim

          The EF-88 is progress, but this rifle is also very nice.

  • Andrey Martim

    The AUG is a great rifle, any variant is another piece of art…

  • Man pippy

    Wait for the F90 Steyr Aug which should come in a year or two.

  • ColaBox

    Eh…I get the rails on the optic, but this almost seems a step back. Increased height for a mounted red dot means for time compensating before you shoot. As a CQB weapon this is an oxymoron.

  • Moose

    I want an AUG-A3XS stateside. That would be incredible.

  • Frosty_The_White_Man

    The hardest part about moving to a gun friendly state is picking which evil rifle to buy first. She looks like a serious contender. Decisions, decisions…

    • Cymond

      I’m in a similar situation. Although I’m tempted to get an AUG or Tavor or something, I’ll probably spend my ‘celebration’ money on suppressors and short-barrels.

  • GrammarFixer

    I did not ask who* is manufacturing the optic for them

  • Balor187

    The writer mentioned that the rail replacing the VFG is an aftermarket part. Anybody know if this is available now for current A3’s? If so, where to buy? Thanks.

  • Matt Iveson

    Who manufactures the aftermarket handguard rail? Are these currently available? I’ve seen a few other variations, but they extend too far toward the muzzle device.

  • grah55

    This is simply a better standard Steyr AUG. It is progress. It comes as an original Steyr AUG with the scope but now it has rails for tactical/optic accessories. That’s progress and functionality.

    Steyr AUG A3 “Special Forces”