Properly named Steyr-Mannlicher, the Austria based firearms manufacturer is a producer of some of the most powerful assault rifles and sniper guns for the military. Named after the location of their headquarters, the company was established in 1864 wherein the found relative success until the First World War. The company temporarily stopped production of guns in favor of cars because of the ban imposed by the government. The company rejoined the firearms industry during the Second World War. They eventually become a world renowned developer of firearms as they became a major supplier of firearms for the Austrian Armed Forces.
The Steyr AUG is a popular assault rifle developed in 1978. AUG stands for Armee Universal Gewehrb which means “Universal Army Rifle”. This automatic rifle was first adopted by the Austrian army while the US adoption of the Steyr AUG only started in 1988.
The popularity of Steyr AUG is based on the fact that the assault rifle has the power of regular rifle while having enough muzzle power of a sniper. When switched to semi-automatic, the Steyr AUG is potentially a sniper gun. It uses Swarovski telescopic sight which is effective for at least 300 meters. It can fire up to 850 rounds per minute when switched to automatic.
Steyr Scout is a well known bolt action rifle that aims to be a powerful rifle even with its lightweight concept. By using aluminum and polymers in most of its parts, the Steyr Scout only weights 3.3 kgs – relatively light compared to most bolt action rifles. Even though with a bolt action feature, reloading is simple because of the available magazines in different parts of the rifles. Although deemed powerful, it’s not powerful enough for military use. A more powerful version of Steyr Scout, the Steyr Scout Elite was later released. The new version has an effective range of up to 800 meters.
The TMP or the Tactical Machine Pistol is one of the most powerful submachine guns in the world. Able to fire more than 10 rounds per burst, it easily defeats regular pistols and most submachine guns. It has all the basic features of the submachine gun but very compact. Intended for short to medium range shooting, the original TMP is produced for military purposes only. The semi-automatic version of TMP has been produced for civilian use. The civilian version also has no front grip.
The most popular series of handguns of Steyr, the Steyr M was first produced in 1999. The M series became a popular handgun because its performance is often compared to Glock. It has the features of a lightweight and compact semi-automatic pistol such as polymer framed body and the availability of sights. The sights of Steyr M are truly unique because of its trapezoid notch. The handguns of Steyr M could be identified with data codes that are also unique to handguns of Steyr. They come in three letters which designates the month and year of production.