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    2012 Steyr AUG A3 (vltor)

    I couldn't find a thread about the new Steyr AUG A3's, so I'll start this in case you haven't seen anything about them yet...

    Steyr press release:



    Press Release- Aug/A3 returns in August

    Wednesday, August 01, 2012
    Steyr Arms Announces That Its Iconic AUG A3 Bullpup Design Will Be Available to American Shooters With A Cold-Hammer-Forged Barrel

    TRUSSVILLE, Ala. (August 2, 2012) —Steyr Arms, the only licensed manufacturer of Steyr products in North America, has announced that the AUG A3 will be available later this month. Assembled by Steyr-Mannlicher-trained gunsmiths in its Trussville, Ala., manufacturing facility, the new flat-top AUG A3 will feature European-style cold-hammer-forged barrels and the legendary tulip-style muzzle brake.

    With an overall length of 28.15 inches including a 16-inch barrel attached, the AUG A3 is not only 8 inches shorter than an AR-15 carbine with a comparable-length barrel, it runs exceptionally cleaner due to its short-stroke-gas-piston operation. Its stainless steel operation and guide rods offer unparalleled smoothness in operation as well as exceptional reliability. Dual gas-adjustment settings ensure its operation even with the dirtiest of ammunition.

    The Steyr AUG A3’s 25-position Picatinny rail makes sighting options nearly limitless, to include numerous optics and back-up iron sights. The AUG A3 has all the classic features and benefits that established it as the pinnacle of modern rifle design, including expedient disassembly as well as simple conversion to left-hand operation, which requires replacement of the standard bolt with the optional left-eject bolt. It also features a quick-change barrel with a collapsible forward grip. The AUG A3, which comes with a transparent polymer 30-round magazine, has a suggested retail price of $2,099.

    Several companies have attempted to reverse engineer the iconic Steyr AUG for the American public, but unless a rifle boasts the interrupted four-ring Steyr bullseye beside “Steyr Arms” stamped on the receiver, it is not an authentic Steyr product. Any imitation rifles and/or parts do not carry Steyr Arms’ unconditional support, nor will the company warrant or repair them.

    For more information about the AUG A3, visit its microsite at www.steyrarms.com/microsites/aug.
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    PETE ATHENS:

    We had the pleasure to be invited to the Steyr Arms facility this week to observe their endurance testing for a couple of days on the new AUG A3 Vltor receivers.

    By the way the receivers look great! Eric and his crew at Vltor do great work!

    16,000 rounds are fired through the receiver by an Austrian Steyr AUG engineer, Alex Giesen & Steyr Arms Master Gunsmith Herbert G. Zero malfunctions occurred through the testing!

    Now let's don't forget the Sabre AUG A3 receivers went through the same endurance testing.

    There are a couple of 100 AUG A3 rifles built, just waiting for the barrels to come in from FN. Each A3 with be test fired 5 rounds. Then they will be ready to go!

    Steyr is in the process of getting a variance from the ATF that would allow them to have Vltor machine the receivers without Vltor's name or info on them. Soon there will be three types of receivers that have "Sabre Defence", "Vltor", and "Steyr" on them...

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    20,000rd endurance test: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=crTIVGUZfVk
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    Barrels offered in: 24, 20, 18, 16, 16 (OAL with machined flash hider into barrel stock), and 14 inch versions.
    All barrels are CL CHF made by FN on Steyr mandrels, in the same process and appearance as the original Austrian barrels.

    Some pics of pre production barrels on an A3 CQC.
    All pictures belong to Pete Athens. Please be respectful.






    A3 CQC model:









    The last picture is ironic, because he was banned from TOS 12 days after posting that picture.
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    tag for updates.
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    OK, I'm interested. Price, expected release date, etc.? Also, what style mags will these use?
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    Man I love the AUG. I'm looking forward to buying a bunch of FN cold hammer forged barrels for my current USR-turned-A2 and A3. Glad to see the A3 coming back; we have Pete Athens and Steyr to thank.

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