The New Black AUSTEYER EF88

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

Bob sent in this photo he saw on the Australian Army Facebook page. The soldier pictured is from the 3rd Brigade of the Royal Australian Regiment and is using the new Thales AUSTEYER EF88 which has many improvements over the old Steyr AUG. These includes rails, removal of the old 1.5x built-in scope, less weight and more reliable internals.

The NZ Army recently decided to ditch the original Steyr AUG and switched to the an LMT AR-15.

Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson

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  • Teggy Teggy on Dec 02, 2015

    Glitter on a turd

  • Richard Richard on Dec 03, 2015

    New Zealand had the right idea and had a proper selection trials process when they upgraded.

    Not surprisingly they adopted an AR platform.

    The Aus Army just took whatever Lithgow offered.

    It does look to be better than the standard F88 but that would not be hard.

    Looks like the scope is mounted way high - how can you get a cheek weld with that system?

    So fundamental but they couldn't even get that right.