The rich history of Austrian firearms development goes back well before the 20th century. Being the 14th most armed country in the world, Austria is responsible for bringing us some of the most popular firearms for both military and civilian use with offerings like the Steyr AUG, and Glock pistols. While it may not seem like it, Austria does have a surprisingly small but dedicated group of firearms owners who own and shoot guns for self-defense, hunting, and of course fun! Today I speak with Sebastian Unger who is the brains behind the OpenTop 11/22 now produced by Fletcher Rifle Works here in the USA. Sebastian spent many years developing this innovative product and it is somewhat of a homegrown product here at TFB as many of you readers have given Sebastian feedback over the years which has helped him refine the concept to make it something truly unique and useful for many people. Today on the TFB B-Side Podcast, Sebastian and I talk a bit about the 11/22 receiver as well as his experience with firearms in his home country of Austria.
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Photos provided generously by our guest Sebastian U.
TFB B-Side Podcast: A Conversation with an Austrian Firearms Enthusiast
Today on the TFB B-Side podcast we have Sebasitan Unger. Sebastian is from the country of Austria which is famous for the production of James Reeves’ favorite firearms (Glock), as well as a few other legendary firearms companies like Steyr Arms. Sebastian is most well known on TFB for being the designer of the OpenTop 11/22 receiver for the 10/22 platform. Sebastian, while not a trained firearms engineer, has brought to market a unique and useful firearms receiver that adds a lot of convenience and function to a platform that has been around for well over half a century. Today on the podcast I talk with Sebastian a bit about Austrian firearms law, the spark that created the idea for the OpenTop 11/22, and of course some of Sebastian’s favorite firearms and the like.
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