The Steyr AUG HBAR Assault Rifle has a 24-inch barrel. In addition, the Steyr AUG HBAR (sometimes referred to as the AUG LMG or AUG SAW) is equipped with a bipod. The AUG SMG (also called the AUG-P) is often found with special receiver that better suits the extra parts needed to allow the AUG to properly function with the very short barrel; however, this redesigned receiver is not required to allow the AUG SMG to function properly.
The Steyr AUG HBAR-T Assult Rifle, an AUG modified for use as a sharpshooter’s rifle, is similar in appearance to the HBAR from which it is derived. The barrel, however, is cold hammer-forged, heavier and of better quality than that of the HBAR, and uses a flash suppressor that is somewhat more effective at mitigating muzzle flash. (Barrel length is still 24 inches.) The carrying handle/battle sight has been removed, and in its place is a mount for optics (though it is not a MIL-STD-1913 or Weaver mount, and is rather limited in what sort of optics it can mount). (In the Austrian Army, the standard scope used with the Steyr AUG HBAR-T is the same Kahles ZF69 6x scope used on the SSG-2000.)
|Steyr AUG HBAR-T|
The standard Steyr AUG HBAR A1 Assault Rifle was replaced in production (except in Malaysia) by the AUG A2. The AUG A2’s magazine well is modified so that it can use NATO/US magazines as well as magazines designed for the AUG and magazines like Beta’s C-Mag. The scope/carrying handle was replaced by a MIL-STD-1913 rail, allowing the rifle to use virtually any sort of optics. However, when the Steyr AUG HBAR A1 Assault Rifle arrived, the 13.77-inch SMG barrel was deleted from the options available to the AUG. Civilian/police semiautomatic-only versions of the Steyr AUG HBAR A1 and Steyr AUG HBAR A2 assault rifles and carbines are available on the civilian market in many countries; these generally have no bayonet lug, and often have their barrels permanently attached instead of being interchangeable with shorter or longer AUG barrels. In some cases, civilian versions of the AUG do not have flash suppressors, if that is necessary to comply with local laws.
|Steyr AUG HBAR|
however, after the November nuclear exchange, production of the AUG virtually stopped in Austria and Malaysia. For at least 20 years after the Twilight War, the only country who produced the AUG was the Australians. The “Steyr AUG HBAR A2 assault rifles” version is also a rarity in the Twilight 2000 world, except as produced by the Australians. Merc 2000 Story: Similar to the Notes above; the AUG is a big hit with mercenary groups worldwide, especially the “Steyr AUG HBAR A2 assault rifles” version.