Steyr Arms took to Facebook last week to tease the upcoming release of “something big”. Displaying a picture of 300BLK ammunition and the signature charging handle of an iconic bullpup rifle, consumers can either assume that Steyr will be producing an AUG in a new chambering OR they are buying ARMSCOR ammunition.
I’m going with an AUG in 300BLK…
Even though I am not a member of the ‘Bullpup Fanatics Club’, I can see the attraction of an AUG available in 300BLK. The cartridge is popular among suppressor owners and adding a suppressor means length to the end of a barrel. Obviously the bullpup design favors barrel length in a compact package, so owners of the new AUG can have the benefits of a suppressed rifle without the pole vaulter’s feel of a 10ft barrel.
The AUG A3 M1 boasts am 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. 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 as well as a two-position cross-bolt safety that locks the trigger.