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Steyr AUG Para

Submachine Gun (SMG)

The Steyr AUG Para is nothing more than a submachine gun form of the popular Steyr AUG assault rifle chambered for the 9x19 Parabellum cartridge.
Authored By: Staff Writer | Edited: 8/9/2016
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Year: 1988
Manufacturer(s): Steyr-Daimler-Puch AG - Austria
Roles: Close Quarters Battle (CQB)/Personal Security;
Action: Blowback
Caliber(s): 9x19mm Parabellum
Sights: Swarovski 1.5x Telescopic Sight as standard
Overall Length: 665 mm (26.18 in)
Barrel Length: 420 mm (16.54 in)
Weight (Unloaded): 7.28 lb (3.30 kg)
Muzzle Velocity: 1,312 feet-per-second (400 meters-per-second)
Rate-of-Fire: 700 rounds-per-minute
Effective Range: 760 ft (232 m; 253 yd)
Operators: Austria; Germay; Indonesia; Italy; Pakistan
The success of the Austrian Steyr AUG assault rifle family naturally encouraged the weapon to span out into other gun classifications to suit operator tastes. It had always been intended to be a modular weapons platform of sorts and so a carbine, sub-carbine and light machine gun form was made possible by simple changing of the standard barrel.

The AUG Para - a submachine gun type weapon - was debuted in 1988 that utilized the same basic polymer receiver (including carrying handle/optics sight) as the base AUG line though with a shorter 16.5 inch barrel and reworked internals to manage the different firing action and smaller ammunition. Unlike the gas-operated, full-length AUG rifle breeds, the AUG Para was a blowback-operated weapon - doing away with the standard gas system of operation. In addition to this change, the AUG Para was given a different bolt assembly and magazine well to accept the visibly thinner 9mm magazine (25- or 32-round counts) firing the smaller 9x19mm Parabellum cartridge. All other aspects of the weapon were generally similar to the AUG rifle line detailed elsewhere on this site.

The AUG A3 Para XS was a similar submachine gun version though this being based on the AUG A3 rifle. This version sported a 13 inch barrel as well as MIL-STD-1913 rail accessories support.

Variants / Models

• AUG Para - Base Series Designation
• AUG 9mm - Alternative Designation
• AUG SMG - Alternative Designation
• AUG Para XS - Simialr smg form built upon the AUG A3 production rifle; 13-inch barrel assembly; MIL-STD-1913 rail accessories support.
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