Steyr Aug vs. IWI Tavor

The Steyr Aug very nice bullpup (even OZ military chose the Steyr with a couple changes as their new rifle (however the IWI Tavor x95 is a much better battle proven rifle is every aspect.
Both platforms have seen wide use, but the Steyr AUG had a much longer record of use and not by just the two well-known users (Austria & Australia).


The Steyr AUG has been used in the following conflicts:
  • Gulf War
  • Somali Civil War (by Unified Task Force, 1993)
  • 1999 and 2006 East Timorese crise
  • Militias-Comando Vermelho Conflict
  • Syrian Civil War
  • War in Iraq
  • Papua conflict
  • 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine



  • Algeria: Special Intervention Detachment
  • Argentina: Argentine Armed Forces.
  • Australia: A variant, the Austeyr F88, is the standard rifle of the Australian Defence Force. It is manufactured, under licence from Steyr-Mannlicher, by Thales Australia.
  • Austria: Standard weapon of the Bundesheer, serving as the StG 77 in official army nomenclature.
  • Bangladesh
  • Bolivia
  • Central African Republic
  • Croatia: Used by the Croatian Special Forces.
  • Djibouti
  • Ecuador
  • Gambia
  • Indonesia: Used by Komando Pasukan Katak (Kopaska) tactical diver group and Komando Pasukan Khusus (Kopassus) special forces group.
  • Ireland: Standard service rifle of the Irish Defence Forces. The Army Ranger Wing special forces uses the Steyr AUG A2 and A3.
  • Italy: Carabinieri Special Forces: Gruppo di Intervento Speciale and 1st "Tuscania" Regiment
  • Luxembourg: Standard infantry rifle of the Luxembourg Army. The HBAR variant is also employed as the section support weapon.
  • Malaysia: Made under license from Steyr by SME Ordnance. Local production of the AUG rifle series started in 1991 with a joint production with Steyr that started in 2004. Lawsuits from Steyr emerged when Malaysia decided to withdraw from joint production.
  • Morocco
  • New Zealand: Used from 1988 until 2019. The first 5,000 weapons delivered were manufactured in Austria by Steyr Daimler Puch. Latter versions were the Australian ADI-made Austeyr F88 variant, locally designated IW Steyr (Individual Weapon Steyr.) From August 2015 the Lewis Machine Tools 5.56 mm MARS-L started to replace the Steyr AUG.
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Papua New Guinea: F88 variant.
  • Philippines: Used by the Scout Rangers.
  • Poland: JW Grom special forces group.
  • Romania: Used by the Romanian Special Forces
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Serbia: 72nd Reconnaissance-Commando Battalion.
  • Taiwan Type 68 copy
  • Tunisia: The Steyr AUG has been the primary weapon of the Tunisian Army since 1978.
  • Turkey: Maroon Berets.
  • Ukraine: AUG HBAR is used by the Sokil Special Forces.
  • United Kingdom
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      Falkland Islands: Falkland Islands Defence Force. Being replaced by the L85A2.
  • Uruguay: Received 15,000 Steyr AUG A2UR bullpup assault rifles

Law enforcement

  • Australia: Formerly used by the Victoria Police Special Operations Group
  • Austria: Used by EKO Cobra.
  • Belgium: Steyr AUG Para is used by the Federal Police.
  • Brazil: SMG version adopted by São Paulo Police in .40 S&W.
  • Czech Republic: Steyr AUG Carbine in 9×19mm Parabellum used by several Czech police units.
  • Germany: Bavarian SEK.
  • Indonesia: Used by the Mobile Brigade Corps (Brimob) special forces group of the Indonesian National Police,
  • Luxembourg: The Unité Spéciale de la Police intervention unit of the Grand Ducal Police employs the AUG A2 variant.
  • Malaysia: Used by 69 Commando of Pasukan Gerakan Khas counter-terrorist unit of the Royal Malaysia Police.
  • Timor Leste: National Police of East Timor
  • Turkey: Police Special Operations Department.
  • United States: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, replaced by the Colt M4.
  • Venezuela: Used by SEBIN.

Regardless, both the AUG and Tavor TAR-21/X95 are options (as well as others) that find the bullpup design approach interesting.
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