New Zealand Defense Force upgrading Steyr AUGs

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson


However, although the 13,000 Steyr rifles which have been in service for 20 years, would not be replaced, they would be a significant part of the upgrade programme.

The study would look at modifying about 3000 of the 13,000 5.56mm rifles so they could take more fittings on the top rail, instead of the factory-fitted 1.5 magnification sighting system

The Australians already use a mixture of the AUGs with 1.5x sights and the ‘railed’ AUGs. I have always thought that the 1.5x scope was a bad compromise on an assault rifle. The target acquisition speed is less than a non magnified red dot sight (I have no experience with magnified red dot sights) but lacks the benefits of a more powerful scope. It must be working for the New Zealanders because they are only thinking about converting 23% of their rifles.

Australian Solider in Iraq with ADI Austeyr A3 that
comes fitted with a rail.
Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson

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  • Oswald Bastable Oswald Bastable on Mar 24, 2011

    We had a real rifle in my day,not a stinkin' LPTG ;-)

  • JW JW on Jan 04, 2013

    I was also in the NZ Army for many years, and used the SLR and M16 for a short time. At each new unit I was lucky enough to be issued an Austrian made IW Steyr everytime. I used both the rifle and carbine barrels and put thousands of rounds through them in NZ and overseas. I never once had any trouble or stoppage of any kind. At times my weapon has been severly abused and although filthy and crappy it would still never miss a beat while pumping out the rounds.

    As far as DM's comments about not being able to hit a barn door....perhaps it was your marksman skills rather than the weapon. The weapon was a sound choice made by people who know what they are doing. And the LAV; money well spent, just ask the boys in AFG at the moment.

    And Mac, perhaps you should throw stones and leave it up to us to do the buisness.