Steyr Arms Now Shipping AUG A3 M1

AUG M1 BLK Scope

Steyr Arms announced they are now shipping the M1 version of the company’s AUG A3 rifle. The M1 can be configured from the factory with a number of rail and optics options. A green stock is also optional.


  • 5.56 NATO
  • 30-rd polymer mag standard, 10- and 42-round magazines optional
  • 16″ chrome-lined barrel with 1:9″ RH twist
  • muzzle brake adds 2.375″ to barrel length (18.377″ total)
  • trigger – 9 lbs, single stage
  • weight – 8 lbs, unloaded
  • MSRP: $2,099 – $2,599 depending on rails & optics

AUG M1 BLK Scope

From Steyr Arms:

Steyr Arms Introduces the AUG A3 M1 Rifle Platform

Steyr Arms announced today that it has begun shipping the new multi-configurable M1 variant of the AUG A3 bullpup rifle platform to dealers and distributors. Utilizing an optics attachment platform similar to the rare and much-sought-after AUG A2, the AUG A3 M1 will be available nationwide in a Short-Rail version, a High-Rail version as well as an Integrated-Optic version with either a 1.5X or 3X scope.

The Integrated-Optics version is based on American desire for the scoped special operations AUG SF model. The new M1 optics version has a more traditional AUG scope tube, modernized with the addition of three Picatinny rail sections to accommodate accessories like a close-quarters holographic sight. The top rail has 15 numbered slot positions in two segments and a pair of backup dots at the rearmost portion of the rail. The four-slot rail segment on the right side of the scope is also numbered.

The M1 Integrated-Optics version is exceptionally bright and clear, and its axis is 1.945 inches over the stock comb for a solid cheekweld. The new turret design requires a simple coin or flat screwdriver to make windage and elevation changes. The 1.5X optic comprises of a medium crosshair with an empty, heavy range-finding circle, while the 3X optic is a medium crosshair, heavy circle with a thin internal crosshair.

With 16 numbered slots, the M1 High-Rail version was designed to accommodate the widest range of optic choices, from a high-magnification scope to a short-eye-relief tactical scope mounted at the rear to a holographic red-dot sight coupled in tandem with a secondary multiplier. The High-Rail extends 2.57 inches back from the receiver and sits 0.820 inches over the stock comb.

The M1 Short-Rail version was created for the minimalist, who requires no more than a forward-mounted reflex or longer eye-relief optic mounted on any of the 11 slot positions. The Short Rail ends at the back of the receiver, and its top is a mere 0.435 inches above the comb to employ whatever height mount that the user needs.

The rail and optics platforms on all three AUG A3 M1 versions are easily interchangeable via the three base screws that thread from the underside of the top of the receiver. The receiver was also updated to replace the permanently affixed front sling swivel with a VLTOR Quick-Disconnect Sling Swivel, which makes two-point sling attachment or removal extremely fast and easy, and users of single-point slings can remove the front sling swivel entirely, if they so desire.

Whereas the original release of the AUG A3 offered just two choices with the full-length rail—a traditional Steyr AUG with the integral bolt release, which accepted the superior and virtually indestructible AUG magazines, and a NATO-stocked version that used thinner, yet commonly available STANAG magazines—the introduction of the AUG A3 M1 reintroduces the popular OD Green furniture as a third stock option.

The AUG A3 M1 is built by Steyr Mannlicher-trained gunsmiths in Steyr Arms’ new Bessemer headquarters and manufacturing facility.


Being a bullpup, the AUG A3 M1 boasts overall length of just 28.15 inches, including its 16-inch heavy barrel, making it at least 8 inches shorter than an M4 carbine with a comparable-length barrel. So why register a Short Barreled Rifle (SBR)? The short-stroke gas-piston operation of the AUG runs exceptionally cleaner by nature because all of the operational exhaust gas vents out of the front of the rifle. The AUG’s matching, yet opposed, stainless steel operation and guide rods affixed to the bolt carrier glide effortlessly inside the receiver for unparalleled smoothness in operation as well as exceptional reliability. Dual gas-adjustment settings ensure its operation even with the dirtiest ammunition and in adverse conditions.

The AUG A3 M1 has all the classic features and benefits that established it as the pinnacle of modern rifle design, including expedited disassembly as well as simple conversion to left-hand operation, which requires replacement of the standard bolt with the optional left-eject bolt and swapping the ejection-port cover. It also features a quick-change barrel with a collapsible forward grip.

The AUG A3 M1 includes one translucent polymer 30-round magazine, a cleaning kit that stores in the rifle’s buttstock and an owner’s manual. Also available are 10- and 42-round magazines. Suggested retail is $2,099 for either railed version. The 1.5X and 3X optics equipped versions are available with MSRPs of $2,499 and $2,599, respectively.

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  • Zachary marrs

    Betcha $10 it will melt sandbags if you try to use a rest

    • JumpIf NotZero

      I’m confused…

      A. Do you think he AUG barrel gets hotter than other barrels? Is the placement of the vertical grip not where you would rest it? And fwiw, that vertical grip does fold up to be horizontal for rests.

      B. Umm… Why would anyone shoot this off of a sandbag? Who uses sandbags? I think I’m seeing the equivalent of “That BMW doesn’t even have an casset player”

      • Zachary marrs

        If you have the forward grip folded, the aug will vent hot gas onto your rest. My local range uses small sand bags to shoot rifles on, as have a lot of other ranges

        • erwos

          This is completely true. I shot right through a bean-bag-style rest with my AUG. Makes me careful where I keep my hands.

  • Pete Sheppard

    That huge trigger guard always bothered me.
    While it apparently has never been a serious issue it seems as if it would be too easy for sticks and stuff to get in there and bump the trigger.

    • Brock

      When doing long hikes through the mountains with a Tavor I’ve noticed something similar. In addition to being super awkward to carry I’ve occasionally almost grabbed the trigger or brushed it on something trying to readjust the rifle. The bajjilion pound trigger and combo with the safety appears to make it a mute point. Still annoying as hell though. Granted I’m use to non-bullpup design. The owner of the rifle doesn’t have this issue.

      • JumpIf NotZero

        Moot point

        • RocketScientist

          Moo point. Like a cow’s opinion… moo.

  • Raoul Duke

    I’ve been beating up an AUG A3 STANAG for about 1,500 rounds now. With the exception of the contortions needed to shoot support-side, and its inability to cycle steel-cased ammo, it’s a very shoot-able SBR-sized rifle. It is fast from low ready to first shot, and the “evil bullpup trigger” is actually a lot like a bigger Glock trigger: manageable if you know how.

    • JumpIf NotZero

      I had issues with support side as well as unconventional shooting positions (urban prone, in and around vehicles, etc). So yea, every time I see any Bullpup after that trainng I’m kinda “meh”.

      I’m always amazed at the disconnect of people who love bullpups to be able to identify their weaknesses.

      But… They are short. The AUGs specifically are great. If I lived somewhere an SBR was not allowed, I’d have a Bullpup in an instant.

    • erwos

      Mine cycles steel fine, but I need to set the gas to adverse.

      • Raoul Duke

        “Adverse” gives me failures to eject. “Normal” sticks cases in the chamber. I think the chrome plating in the chamber may be a touch thick, but I haven’t gotten around to gauging it yet. All brass-case ammo has been boringly reliable.

    • Thomas

      I have shot >15k Barnaul 62gr. HPBT (zink plated steel case) out of my 16” barrel without any problem.
      With my 21.5” barrel (yes, a switch barrel!) I have shot approx 1k Barnaul + a lot of reloaded 52 and 69 gr. Nosler CC. Both NCC bullets shoot sub MOA in the 21.5” and 16” barrel, and yes – 69gr NCC are well stabilized. Proved up to 600m.

      The Trigger could be improved, either with 2020 precision inc or trigger tamer / Neutrigger combination. Mine run smooth at aprox 2 lb.

  • Jack Morris

    I stopped reading at “1:9″ RH twist”
    I thought it was wholly agreed upon that the 1/9 twist is inferior to the 1/7 and 1/8 twist rates. The 1/9 twist limits ammo options to projectiles under 62 grains for most barrels. No thank you.

    • JumpIf NotZero

      Such an overblown issue. I wonder how many people ACTUALLY go through 1000 62-77gr rounds a year?

      The reality is, 55gr is all 95% of people will shoot or care to shoot. 55gr is absolutely fine for plinking and even home defense where engagement is under 20y in the .0001% chance of it happening where you time to get your aug and have to shoot.

      Is it ideal? Not in my opinion. Is it a show stopper for realistic ownership, not at all. Not even getting into the fact that in an 18″ barrel, I bet the AUG stabilizes most 62gr anyhow as RPM is actually what you looking for, not just twist of the barrel.

      • Cymond

        Yeah, all of that.
        And even with a 1/9 twist barrel, heavier weight bullets will be unstable, but they’ll still go down range safely. Accuracy/precision goes to hell with unstable bullets, but we’re still talking about torso-sized patterns at 100 yards (typical seems to be roughly a doubling of the group size).

        So a 1/9 twist barrel is fine, unless you need to launch heavy bullets to extended ranges with precision. Oh, and I don’t think it would be wise to fire destabilized heavy bullets through a suppressor …

        Also, I’ve read rumors that 1/7 twist barrels wear out at a significantly higher rate. Can anyone prove or debunk that?

        • JumpIf NotZero

          Yea, you wouldn’t want to run it through a can. But AUGs suck suppressed anyhow. So it’s not some big loss there 😉

          It’s not that anything heavier than 55gr ‘will’ be unstable. It’s that it’s all uncertain until you try it, and there are varying degrees of stability. I have a 1:8 that shoots 77gr SMK to 3/8″ all day long (I can’t, but it can). That barrel WILL NOT shoot 75gr at all. I’ve seen 1/9 would perfectly with 62gr. A 10.5″ won’t, but I have seen 16″ do it.

          Yea, 1/7 will wear out sooner. I personally perfer 1/8 for precision but my carbines are 1/7 and I know the barrel has a finite life so I won’t buy a Noveske or super-custom for it.

          There is just not a “1/9 sucks, so this gun sucks!” like some people think it has to be. Those people read on the internet that 1/9 sucks and repeat it without thinking, no room for that imo.

          Thinking about it now… Considering the extra life of 1/9 in the AUG, and the price of the replacement AUG barrel, and figuring that it would likely stabilize some 62gr bullets just fine… I think 1/9 is probably the correct choice here.

      • Jack Morris

        If the AUG were significantly cheaper, the 1/9 twist wouldn’t be a deal breaker for me. Sure, some 1/9 barrels do just fine stabilizing the longer projectiles, but some do not.
        And although you are correct about most shooting being done with 55 grain bullets, when it matters the most; I’d be more comfortable using a better man-stopper of the 77 grain OTM variety.
        If a rifle can only reliably stabilize plinking ammo, it’s only real use is as a plinker (In my humble opinion). With all the precedent set behind 5.56 barrels, I just don’t see the wisdom or any real benefits of utilizing a 1/9 twist rate.

    • erwos

      You can shoot projectiles up to 69gr with a 1/9 twist barrel. They work perfectly fine with both M193 and M855. In fact, this is why some countries use 1/9 barrels…

  • Guest

    Such an overblown issue. I wonder how many people ACTUALLY go through 1000 62-77gr rounds a year?

    The reality is, 55gr is all 95% of people will shoot or care to shoot. 55gr is absolutely fine for plinking and even home defense where engagement is under 20y in the .0001% chance of it happening where you time to get your aug and have to shoot.

    Is it ideal? Not in my opinion. Is it a show stopper for realistic ownership, not at all. Not even getting into the fact that in an 18″ barrel, I bet the AUG stabilizes most 62gr anyhow as RPM is actually what you looking for, not just twist of the barrel.

  • st4

    Since I’m not willing to shell out for a pre-ban model, this may be the one for me. Always dug the look of that iconic integrated optic. Because Die Hard.

  • RickH

    Aw jeez, over two grand? Gimme a couple years for prices to come down then I’ll be interested. And I did have an original AUG back in ’87.

  • Dual Sport

    Various whys associated with the AUG discussions:

    Why does the sbr argument hold water? I would sbr the Aug and run as short a barrel as possible. Keep a 16 inch barrel on hand if you like the longer barrel. It’s a switch barrel!

    What are there still no 1:7 barrels? Run the 1:9 all you like. I would run the 1:7. It’s a switch barrel!

    Why is this rifle still $2k and only offered with one barrel? It’s a switch barrel!

    Why are there no caliber conversions available for a $2k rifle? It’s a switch barrel!

    Why are they still using a proprietary magazine when we each own nine million AR magazines? It’s a switch… Oops.

    I would buy one but you lack options when you do so. I have a million options when I buy an AR. I can build a very nice and higher quality AR with the same money. Note that option did require the capital investment associated with numerous tooling.

  • andrey kireev

    I’m kind of thinking that integrated optic is a bit of a step backwards from what they had it…. just my opinion though