In my recent review on the Steyr Aug A3 I discuss at length what I perceive as the few downfalls of the design. Namely the charging handle’s profile and the horrid awful rotten terrible trigger. Well with the investment of about $100 both of these problems have been completely eradicated . . .
To recap the issues the charging handle sits at an extremely awkward angle that puts the operators knuckles in great danger by smashing them against whichever optic suits their fancy. Second, the trigger is quite literally the worst bullpup trigger I’ve ever experienced. I wish I could say otherwise, but there is no upside to it other than the reset, which is crisp and consistent. Seriously, the thing is an abomination.
So to address the first issue I got a new charging handle that sits at a different angle and allows me to mount whichever optic I so choose without the fear of losing all the skin on my knuckles. By mounting the charging handle at a downward angle you can more easily rack the action overhanded so that the stress is on your index and middle fingers instead of your pinky and ring finger. While there is no change in the weight of the action springs the gun feels considerably easier to operate now. The handle is a product made by and sold by Gear Head Works.
Installation of the charging handle was actually pretty easy. It comes with instructions and requires only an Allen wrench and a roll pin punch, or a normal appropriately sized punch. If you have any type of mechanical inclination it’s an extremely simple parts swap.
To fix the trigger I acquired a modification that changes the weight and feel of the stock trigger.
The product is aptly called the Trigger Tamer, it cuts the trigger weight down by a third and smooths it out quite a bit. I was able to greatly reduce the size of my groups. I was dinging a 4-inch steel plate at 250 yards with my Aimpoint H1, no magnification needed. No more fighting the trigger every step of the way, now it just goes to a nice wall and breaks like glass.
The installation process is extremely easy, you pop a pin out half way and then switch the parts. It was even easier than the the charging handle. It is difficult to show the differences from the stock hammer pack and the updated one, so I am going to leave it to the imagination.
With these two additions the rifle has gone from being a great go to rifle to being, in my opinion, Bullpup Perfection. I have decided to give it a new rating with these updated parts. The iconic future guns ratings are now as follows:
Accuracy: * * * * *
With a tamed trigger the gun’s accuracy is a thing of beauty.
Style: * * * * *
This gun screams ‘space age’ and I’m really hoping Disney somehow sneaks it into one of the new Star Wars films.
Ergonomics: * * * * *
With the Gear Head Works charging handle all the optics in the world are now open to me. As Aladdin once said “A whole new world”
Reliability: * * * * *
Not a single problem, nothing more to say.
Customize This: * *
The AUG is fairly exotic and therefore has about as much aftermarket support as a Tesla.
Overall: * * * * *
Now that the charging handle and trigger are overcome the AUG has attained bullpup nirvana.