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  1. The only downfall is the optics situation... The gun is picky as to where and what optics you mount due to the charging handle angle. There are a few options though including aftermarket charging handles and mounts like Larue that don't have protruding bolts or knobs to tighten the mount. I will actually be selling/trading the EOTech for this reason. There just isn't a way to get enough clearance to easily manipulate the charging handle. I'd really rather avoid putting aftermarket parts on the gun aside from optics. My buddy bought an AUG shortly after I got mine and got the Steyr factory scope with his. It is very solid and matches the gun well but has a small FOV and I feel like there are better options out there for the money IF you can find a mount to suit your needs.
  2. Some iPhone shots from the weekend... It was about 50*F outside and pouring rain so our gear got totally soaked and covered in mud over 5 hours of shooting. My initial thoughts of the Steyr Arms AUG A3 are 100% positive if you go in with understanding that this is a totally different platform than what we are used to (AR in this case; more on that in a sec). First off, this gun is super compact. Like an SBR, I'm able to maneuver inside of a car without taking the stock off of my shoulder. It handles well in pretty much any position, prone, laying on your side, crouched, whatever. It's a very comfy gun and very easy to shoot when using the EOTech sight. I never had an issue losing my reticle. The weight is there, and it is definately more than the Daniel Defense when holding them in each hand but when put into action you won't notice it. The weight of the gun is perched on your shoulder and the front of the AUG remains very light and fast. Reloads: They are different yes, but I didn't find myself any slower than with my AR. Sure, when you are standing out in the open shooting at a paper target practicing reloads specifically, the AR can be lightening fast (and faster than reloading a bullpup without drop-free mags) but realistically when you are actually using cover and pulling the mags out of a rig that may already have empty slots from prior reloads I didn't feel hindered one bit with the bullpup. Reloading the AUG AK style by using a fresh mag to remove the empty mag proved to not be reliable for me. It was tricky to figure out and I don't see myself being able to do it without looking down at the magwell. Trigger: If you want to shoot tight groups, get a different gun or plan on dropping a 250 dollar trigger group in it. Otherwise, I have no complaints. The trigger pull is a little heavy but smooth and has a good reset. No complaints for how my gun is going to be used. Controls: Safety is easy to use without adjusting grip on the gun. The bolt catch can be hit all in one motion with the new magazine insertion and the forgrip is easily manipulated. I would actually fold the foregrip for shots in tight areas so I would rest the gun on the folded grip and not the barrel. This did not slow me down at all. Here are the problems I had throughtout the day. 1. When hitting the bolt release, my fingers actually got caught in the bolt through the ejection port on the other side of the stock. This caused the gun not to fully chamber a round. No problem, charge the gun and continue. Due to the funky forward assist (pull back charging handle 1 inch, fold it, and push forward) it was easier and faster just to chamber a new round. The gun did not fire luckily. The bolt doesn't allow the pin to hit the round if it's not fully inserted. This only happened once earlier in the day. It's solved by learning the gun and not gripping the stock. Just hit the release and go. 2. The piston and gas port is right above the foregrip. Do not thumb over barrel grip. I did this out of habit and blew a hole through my glove when I fired. No damage to me other than a black stain on my finger. Again, learn the gun. I plan on using this as my go-to rifle pending it's performance throughout the new year after I get a few thousand rounds through it. Mobility is nice, it's SBR length without a stamp which saves a step in shooting out of state which our course is just over state lines, 16 inch barrel ballistics. It's a fantastic gun with good build quality, just remember it's a different platform so there is a bit of a learning curve.
  3. Cool deal, I'm doin lowest pressure loads in my handbook to be safe since I'm learning. So let me just confirm this. I'm getting the Lee Challenger single stage kit for Christmas which has everything except for the tumbler and die set. I WILL need to get something to prep the crimped casings for priming correct? GLShooter, in your case you just used the RCBS electric deburring tool right? That's the one with multiple bits that all spin when you power on right?
  4. Thanks Retcop ;) I did a ton of trading/selling around and extra yard work for the neighborhood to get this so it didn't hurt so bad when I made the deal. Buyin one outright you're looking at ~2k for the standard version. They can be had as low as 1850 but if you are impatient and go to GunBroker they are for sale for about 2200. I had a chat with a few dealers locally and they estimated about 1999 for their sale price if they ever got one in stock. Tomorrow will be the first real test. Run N Gun time! Tomorrow I will be reviewing the Steyr AUG A3 equipped with Steyr sling and EOTech 516. Will also be using my Ares Armor lightweight chest rig which happens to fit AUG mags perfectly It sure will be interesting turning up the heat with an entirely new platform.
  5. I tried the 1-4 route with the Burris MTAC, and although its not a top notch optic, I was still very impressed with the quality. In the end, the optic is not for me. A true low profile 1x dominates those kinds of scopes. Again that is what I have decided, all based in personal need and preference. Even if the Burris had been true 1x there are other attributes that I did not like about a scope.
  6. Not sure. I've seen msar that has a ar style forward assist. There are quite a few creations.
  7. I realize they aren't for everyone. I just man up and shoot it off hand. You do have to be concious not to put your cheek over the ejection port but as far as getting hit in the face with brass, just do what you gotta do to keep the rounds flyin and keepin a low profile. On the T1 or even H1, would love it but that price isn't gonna let me get anywhere near it. I'm gonna run this EOTech that I got in a trade for awhile and see how it holds up before spending any cash. I did find a nice deal on an Aimpoint PRO but my buddy scooped it up since he needed an optic. I sure would like to run a SPARC at some point. They aren't without faults but at 180 ish it is very hard to beat.
  8. Keep in mind that the NATO AUG does not have a bolt release or last round hold like the standard.
  9. Do it! I love this thing so far. With a few thousand rounds through this thing and no major hiccups I could see this being my go to rifle. It fits into backpacks pretty well so it would make a nice hiking/defense rifle if you had a reason to tote it around. The trigger is heavy but using that word is just not a good comparison to an AR trigger. It's not on a hinge like an AR so it just feels totally different. The trigger pretty much runs on rails and is pulled straight back towards your shoulder and has a very crisp break in it. It really doesn't feel like 8-10lbs. The closest trigger to it would be a Glock. And in case anyone is wondering, the CQC version with extended rails is a good bit heavier. I think on the lines of 1.5-3 lbs. in the front. I feel like that would tremendously slow down how fast you can swing the gun. I would definately try to check out both in person before making a decision.
  10. I thought about SBR but we put a 7.5 AR next to it with the stock fully extended and the AUG is shorter. With the 7.5 AR's stock fully collapsed the AUG was only .5 inch longer. Maybe when the newness wears off I'll reconsider getting a stamp for this bad boy. Apparently PJ's will be importing some shorty barrels soon. It would be awesome to just swap a barrel and not a whole upper. It literally takes 5 seconds to take the barrel out. Just for kicks I sat in my compact car and was able to swing the rifle pretty much anywhere without having to take my hand off of the trigger frame or the rifle off of my shoulder. I actually bought and then cancelled a Vortex SPARC order. The equipment I'm running now was all acquired through trading around and couldn't justify spending extra cash. What benefits do you think the SPARC would have over the 516?
  11. Here's a pic of it. Maybe I can learn to take some nice pictures one day. Steyr Aug A3 w/short rail Steyr Sling EOTech 516 I'm doing some research on aftermarket charging handles so I can move the optic forward and add some backup sights. The factory charging handle is unable to lock back if the optic is farther forward than it is in the picture. A friend of mine has Steyr Aug A3 as well with the factory Steyr scope and still had trouble locking the bolt to the rear.
  12. Here's another question. I read about mil-spec cases being crimped and needing to be reamed out before re-priming. A guy that reloads .223/5.56 here at work says that he has never had to do anything to cases other than resizing (length-wise) and had never heard of the problem I was talking about. Are there (rare) cases that you have to do some drilling on the case?
  13. Thanks Greg. Good info. After eyeballing .223 and 5.56 cases side by side there is a noticeable difference in length but in my reloading handbook the case dimensions are identical from .223 to 5.56 NATO. I thought the neck lengths are supposed to be different Edit: looks like outer dimensions are identical. Just OAL is what you're after.
  14. I have a huge box of .223 and 5.56 brass and was initially going to just go and load all of them to .223 specs so I don't have to sort them (also my reloading book covers .223 (up to 60 gr) and 5.56 (starting at 65gr) so I'm missing some data). My bullets are 55 gr. I got to thinking... If the walls are thicker/thinner between .223 and 5.56 there may be a shift in POI when using the same powder load across the 2 types of cases with varying wall thickness. Is this a big enough difference that would negatively affect my rifle's performance in carbine courses and any other non precision shooting under 300 yards? I'm loading for savings, not so much precision.
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