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The Steyr AUG series is a family of firearms, first introduced in 1977 by the Austrian company Steyr Mannlicher. AUG stands for Armee-Universal-Gewehr, meaning "Universal Army Rifle." It is often used to refer to a specific version, especially the initial version which was 5.56×45mm NATO bullpup assault rifle, with a distinctive green sleek frame and the permanent use of the Swarovski Scope.
It has since spawned a variety of related weapons including a submachine gun, a designated marksman rifle, and various Light Machine Guns. It has been adopted by a number of armed forces and organizations and is the standard service rifle of Austria, Australia, New Zealand, Luxembourg, Ireland, and at one point Malaysia.
The weapon's standard version introduced in 1977, and was available with a choice of green or black furniture. It was adopted by the Austrian Army as the STG 77 in 1977, where it replaced the aging 7.62mm STG 58 automatic rifle (a license-built version of the FN FAL). In production since 1978, it is the standard small arm of the Austrian Bundesheer and various police units.
A straight-pull, manually-operated version of the AUG, known as the AUG Z, is available for civilian use in the UK.
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