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« on: April 04, 2019, 07:17:51 PM »

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/remote/check_cookie.html?url=https%3a%2f%2fwww.theaustralian.com.au%2fnation%2faustralian-military-supplier-drops-us-gun-sale%2fnews-story%2fe15f3fcf118db6b86a2b6ee1852c0c62

Australian military supplier drops US gun sale

By RORY CALLINAN

MARCH 29, 2019

The arms company making the Australian military’s standard issue assault rifle has dropped plans to sell a semiautomatic version to civilians in the United States.

French company Thales, through its New South Wales-based Lithgow Arms plant had been advertising semiautomatic version of the military issue F-90 Steyr rifle for sale in the United States civilian market.

The assault style rifle called the Atrax was almost identical to the F-90 Lithgow arms’ standard issue firearm it makes for the Australian Defence Forces.

The main difference was that the Atrax was configured to fire semiautomatic not automatic.

US gun shop websites have been advertising the Atrax as due to be released in the US civilian market soon and are promoting the rifle as having had a range of 400m, being sold with a high capacity magazine and was able to be broken down to fit in a backpack.

But today a Thales spokesman said the company had dropped plans to sell any of the rifles to civilian markets on ethical grounds.

He declined to say when the decision was made.

The spokesman said while the proposal to sell the Atrax had been made two years ago, no rifles had been sold.

“No F-90 variants have been sold to non-government/civilian users either directly or through distributors,’’ he said.

“Lithgow Arms is Australia’s sovereign industrial capability in small arms design and development and will only sell semiautomatic and automatic rifles to military and law enforcement agencies,’’ it said.

“Our immediate focus is to deliver all F90/EF88 rifles to the ADF under Land 125. Advertisements for the Atrax are still visible on some US based Firearms distributors including major gun supplier Brownells which described the weapon as “the pinnacle of weapons design and performance” and quoted a price of $1999.99.

Efforts to contact Brownells were unsuccessful yesterday.

The rifle also featured in several promotional videos still online that were filmed during a shooting and arms fair in the US called the Shot Show in 2017.

A version of the F90 appeared to have been made available around 2017 to some popular US based youtube gun reviewers who tested the weapon which they mostly praised with saying it was very cool that the harder you pulled the trigger, the faster the weapon fired.
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« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2019, 01:12:39 AM »

"Ethical reasons"...interesting.
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« Reply #2 on: April 05, 2019, 01:31:13 AM »

Can't say I'm surprised at this point.
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« Reply #3 on: April 05, 2019, 09:27:15 AM »

Don't be fooled...their reasoning is an easy way out...they failed to secure manufacturing in the US for it...so instead of pulling out and admit failure...they give this bogus excuse...
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« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2019, 08:33:04 PM »

Another preemptive surrend by the French.

Maybe if they eventually change their minds they'll be able to advertise them as metaphorically "once dropped" rifles.
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« Reply #5 on: April 07, 2019, 07:33:32 PM »

Disgusting excuse of a firearms company. They take a design that isn't their own, update a few things, and now play politics with inalienable rights. Good riddance. To. THAT.

And for the record, it is ethical in the extreme to provide people with the tools they need to defend themselves against evil.
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« Reply #6 on: April 09, 2019, 08:18:35 PM »

Pfft, whatever.  As likely as not, it's cover for "cant get our s*** together"

If they really did do this for "ethics" reasons, the contradictions are staggering.  Far more innocent life is killed by state owned arms, than civilian.  Military arms really are intended to kill people, and do.  Civilian versions that cost $2K, are paper punchers owned by well off civilians that have no interest in harming the innocent.  When is the last time you ever heard of criminal, much less reprehensible, misuse of a civilian Steyr AUG?
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« Reply #7 on: April 10, 2019, 10:15:08 AM »


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When is the last time you ever heard of criminal, much less reprehensible, misuse of a civilian Steyr AUG?

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« Reply #8 on: April 14, 2019, 07:01:58 PM »

 ROFLMAO
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« Reply #9 on: April 15, 2019, 01:09:08 PM »

ROFLMAO

Damn that Carl ruining it for all of us
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