Steyr AUG A3 M1 Variant Now Shipping To Dealers

Styer has announced that the M1 variant of the AUG A3 bullpup will be available and shipping to dealers.  The AUG A3 M1 will be available in three different configurations including low-rail, high-rail and integrated optic with rail.

For more information, check out the press release from Steyr Arms

BESSEMER, Ala. (Oct. 20, 2014) — 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.

 About Steyr Arms

Celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, Steyr Mannlicher, GmbH, is one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious firearms manufacturers. Steyr’s comprehensive lines of premium hunting rifles and precision sporting and tactical firearms are technically mature, and their subtle elegance also communicates the harmony between appearance and substance. Steyr’s legendary SBS actions and cold-hammer-forged barrels are distinctive and unparalleled. Steyr Arms is the subsidiary headquarters of Steyr Mannlicher in the U.S. For more information, contact Steyr Arms at 2530 Morgan Rd., Bessemer, AL 35022; call (205) 417-8644; or visit

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 Steyr Arms Rifle Specifications

Model: Steyr AUG A3 M1

Purpose: Target shooting, military & law enforcement, multi-gun competition

Manufacturer: Steyr Arms, Inc.

2530 Morgan Rd.

Bessemer, AL 35022

(205) 417-8644

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Operation: Adjustable, short-stroke, gas-piston, semi-automatic

Magazine type/capacity: Polymer double-stack detachable box/30 rounds (10- and 42-round avail.)

Receiver material: Hard Eloxal-coated aircraft aluminum

Caliber: 5.56x45mm (.223 Rem.)

Barrel: 16-inch chrome-lined heavy barrel (18.375 inches with muzzle brake)

Rifling: 6 grooves, 1:9 RH Twist

Sights: Short 11-slot rail, High 16-slot rail, 1.5X optic or 3X optic

Safety: Two-position trigger-blocking

Trigger type: Single-stage

Pull weight: 9 pounds, 8 ounces

Stock material/type: Black synthetic/bullpup

Length of pull: 15 inches

Drop at comb: 0.435 inch (short rail), 0.820 inch (high rail), 1.945 inches (optic)

Drop at heel: None

Recoil pad: Elastomer; 0.3-inch thick

Sling swivels: Two (front QD, rear reversible)

Pistol grip: Integral

Checkering: None

Weight, empty: 8 pounds

Overall length: 28.15 inches

Included accessories: Owner’s manual, one 30-round magazine and an AUG cleaning kit

MSRP: $2,099 (either rail), $2,499 (1.5X optic), $2,599 (3X optic)


  • Dracon1201

    I have to say I love this. I might have to finally get one. Will it still accept the aftermarket trigger packs?

    • JumpIf NotZero

      Can’t imagine why it wouldn’t take triggers like the others. Aug trigger isn’t great, but it IS still better than the factory Tavor!

  • John

    I don’t see much support or aftermarket parts being out there for this rifle. Much of the modularity feels constrained to what Steyr will offer

    • Sulaco

      Ya that was why I sold my Aug clone, anything broke and it was a paperweight. Hope this is better on service and parts. Steyr will probably step up…

      • JumpIf NotZero

        This is the reason I pretty much won’t take my MP5 to a carbine class or shoothouse class. I can’t afford a new bolt/carrier!

  • FourString

    “Y SBR?” Wha, is that in the actual press release? Y U NO BULLPUP?????
    Guess the PR guys are gettin younger and younger each year o.o

  • Seburo

    Steyr looks like they wanted to get it out before IMI released the X95 Tavor over here.

    Also in before a certain troll whines about bullpups.

    • JumpIf NotZero

      That certain troll I’m almost convinced has never shot a gun in his life.

      • Zachary marrs

        Which troll?


        • JumpIf NotZero

          Harry Potter Rules on using troll names. It gives them power.

  • echelon

    Still not ambi friendly so still not buying!

    • SP mclaughlin

      Whilst it isn’t immediately friendly like the FS2000, RDB, or RFB, I believe the AUG receiver does have an ejection port on the left side and only needs a minor conversion.

      • echelon

        Yes there is a left handed bolt and it can be converted. However, in light of such designs as those you’ve mentioned why would one – other than for pure collection purposes – want to mess with all of that when the others are shootable either/or right out of the box with no conversion necessary?

        I will say that the Aug is light years ahead of the Tavor in terms of this conversion though. You practically need to be a certified armorer to convert the Tavor over, lol.

        In short it’s not, in the 21st century, a design that I would immediately call “ambi friendly” as I stated. If I can’t pass the gun back and forth at the range between myself and right handed friends to shoot at will then it ain’t friendly to me! 🙂

  • JumpIf NotZero

    Y SBR?

    1. Suppressed AUG suck
    2. Reloading will never be as fast
    3. Clearing malfunctions is more difficult
    4. Triggers on AUGs are not great by any stretch
    5. Unconventional shooting positions and transitions with AUG are extra difficult
    6. AR+SBR is still under AUG cost for comparable guns

    But…. Don’t get me wrong; If I lived somewhere that SBRs were not allowed, or I didn’t want to go through the hassle I’d have an AUG instead… Hell, I do have SBRs, and still have an AUG A1.

  • Cornelius Carroll

    The AUG is an awesome weapon but the Tavor has really taken its thunder in the U.S. market. Not a knock on the AUG, just the Tavor is a very well thought out and evolved platform.

  • John Double

    Now release a 22lr version of your a1 and this version.