With the CL rail and the SF optic, I've come to the conclusion that Steyr in Austria does not want to sell it to the US market right now. They claim it's too expensive to produce - I've been told that the SF optic housing would add ~$1000 to the price of an AUG. But whether or not that is accurate I don't know. I'm under the impression that Austria wants to keep certain things out of the US. There's AUG stuff behind the gates in Austria that is like pulling teeth to get information on and/or get it to the USA. You'd think Steyr would want to... I don't know... maybe sell stuff?
I find it interesting that the new Rheinmetall RS556 sports a newly designed detachable SF optic that sits on top of their AR type gun.
If Steyr USA had the capability and expertise, I think a lot of cool things would be available to the AUG consumer. Take Geiselle for example, they have a couple mechanical engineers designing new stuff full-time and their product line is always expanding and surprising their customer base. Steyr is tweaking a 40 year old design - not to say it is bad or outdated, but improvements could be made on the basic design that would put it on par with the other contenders in the bullpup segment.
I am not so sure it isn't that Steyr doesn't want to sell guns as much as it's a bit of good ol' German/Austrian snobbery when it comes to their gun designs.
I LOVE German guns but, working for Germans and having been a fan of many German companies, they do seem to approach Americans with the attitude that what they design is plenty good enough and that Yankee designs are rough and under-designed. If there is something that we can engineer....THEY can over
engineer it better.
I am just surprised that there aren't just a few more really good companies doing some aftermarket stuff for the AUG. The sticky plastic components of the trigger group deserve a bit of a look. 20/20 has a great product with their 20/20 Precision Sear. I'd love to see an aluminum TRIGGER, too. I think that would really round out my main complaint with the AUG, the inconsistent trigger pull.
The A3M1 was an attempt to return the AUG to a bit of its more austere ( pun intended? ) roots but I think that backfired as many of use would like the flexibility of running a rail of our personally designed length on the AUG....the M1 limits that, unfortunately...at least in the forward direction.
That being said....as bullpups go ( and actually do NOT like bullpups as a rule ) the AUG is an amazing gun. I hope they sell like hotcakes and open up more of an aftermarket.