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The F88 Austeyr is a derivative of the Austrian designed Steyr AUG assault rifle. The F88 replaced the SLR L1A1 in the early 1990's, the L1A1 is also a derived design of the FN FAL. Steyr AUG is a family of firearms, first introduced in 1977 by the Austrian company Steyr Mannlicher. ... The AK-47 is one of the most produced assault rifles The assault rifle is a term describing a type of automatic rifle generally defined as a selective fire rifle or carbine, chambering intermediate-powered ammunition. ... A semi-automatic rifle is a type of rifle that, each time the trigger is pulled, fires a single bullet without the need to operate a bolt or other firing or loading mechanism other than the trigger, until the firearms supply of cartridges is depleted. ... FN FAL Type Service Rifle Nationality Belgium Era Post World War II History Date of design Production period 1953 - Service duration Operators (see text) War service Specifications Type Calibre 7. ... FN FAL Type Service Rifle Nationality Belgium Era Post World War II History Date of design Production period 1953 - Service duration Operators (see text) War service Specifications Type Calibre 7. ... The Fusil Automatique Leger, or Light Automatic Rifle (LAR). ...


The F88 is manufactured under licence to Steyr Mannlicher AG by Australian Defence Industries (ADI), in Lithgow, New South Wales, and has been sold to to the armed forces of Australia and New Zealand as well as other countries. Australian Defence Industries (ADI) is the primary defence contractor for the Australian Defence Force. ... Lithgow is a city of approximately 18750 persons situated in central-west New South Wales, Australia and is also a Local Government Area. ...


Variants

The Australian Defence Force uses several F88 variants. The Australian Defence Force numbers about 53,000 full-time active duty personnel plus another 20,700 reservists. ...

  • F88: Standard 508mm barrel 5.56mm F88 Austeyr rifle with 1.5x magnification scope as per the Steyr AUG.
  • F88C: The Austeyr F88c is a 407mm barrel Carbine version of the regular F88 which has a 10cm shorter barrel than the standard issue F88, it is generally used by vehicle crew members, who have less space to work with. It is also issued to reconnaissance units and 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (3RAR).
  • F88S: The Austeyr F88s with a picatinny rail in place of the standard optic sight to allow the attachment of various other sights (such as night vision or high-quality long range sights such as the Elcan C79 Wildcat, ACOG or Aimpoint). This version of the Steyr is notorious amongst Australian infantry soldiers because the positioning of its picatinny rail is uncomfortably close to the cocking handle and almost always results in shredded knuckles after prolonged use.
  • F88 GLA: This version of the F88 differs from the standard models as it features an Inter-bar interface(replacing the foregrip and bayonet lug), which allows the user to attach a M203PI Grenade Launcher. It also has a quadrant sight to which a Firepoint red dot sight is attached.
  • F88T: ADI has developed a .22 calibre training rifle for use by the Australian Army. The weapon provides an economical training alternative, with very low ammunition cost, which can be used in environmentally sensitive training areas and indoor areas for special forces training with reduced risk to trainees and instructors.
  • F88A4: ADI’s Austeyr F88 A4 will incorporate multiple Picittiny rails for the fitting of legacy systems such as the M203 P1 40mm grenade launcher assembly (GLA) as well as both commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) and military off-the-shelf (MOTS) sighting and numerous additional battle enhancement accessories. also it must be noted that the A4 has only been bought in limited numbers , reportedly only 10 units , for testing purposes.

The F88 Austeyr is still in use today by all services of the ADF and some Police tactical units. And is in use by the Royal New Zealand Army, the F88 has been used in training roles in the New Zealand Cadet Corps by Cadets as young as 12 while under the supervison of RNZA firearms training officers with good accuracy achieved. Steyr AUG is a family of firearms, first introduced in 1977 by the Austrian company Steyr Mannlicher. ... A carbine is a firearm similar to, but generally shorter and less powerful than, a rifle or musket of a given period. ... Mixed reconnaissance patrol of the Polish Home Army and the Soviet Red Army during Operation Tempest, 1944 Reconnaissance is the military term for the active gathering of information about an enemy, or other conditions, by physical observation. ... Soldiers from 3 RAR during an exercise in 2004. ... M4A Modular Weapons System carbine with M1913 rails on receiver and foregrip Picatinny Rail Dimensions, Cross Section The Picatinny rail is a bracket used on some firearms in order to provide a standardized mounting platform for scopes and other accessories such as tactical lights and laser sighting modules. ... Boxes of ammunition clog a warehouse in Baghdad Ammunition is a generic military term meaning (the assembly of) a projectile and its propellant. ... Special forces or special operations forces are military units which are formed and trained to conduct missions involving unconventional warfare, Counter-Terrorism, reconnaissance, direct action and foreign internal defence. ... M203 generally refers to the U.S. Militarys designation for a single shot 40 mm grenade launcher that attaches to the M16 assault rifle or the M4 Carbine. ... A grenade launcher is weapon that fires or launches a grenade to longer distances than a soldier could throw by hand. ...


It should also be noted that special forces of armies who have the F88 as their main rifle, such as the Australian SASR, although have found the F88 to be a reliable rifle, tend to prefer the M4/M16 family of weapons, due to the fact that they are more easily modified and that reloading isnt as awkward as the F88's bullpup layout is.


See also

The Australian Defence Force numbers about 53,000 full-time active duty personnel plus another 20,700 reservists. ... // Department of Defence Australian Defence Organisation (ADO) Australian Defence Force forces Australian Army Royal Australian Navy Royal Australian Air Force Special Operations Command (Australia) Australian Defence Force Academy Royal Military College, Duntroon civilian support Defence Intelligence Organisation Defence Materiel Organisation Defence Science and Technology Organisation Russell Offices Australian Army Australian... Steyr AUG is a family of firearms, first introduced in 1977 by the Austrian company Steyr Mannlicher. ...

External links

  • ADI Limited
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F88 AuSteyr - Ghost Recon.net Forums (471 words)
* F88C: The Austeyr F88c is a Carbine version of the regular F88 which has a 407mm barrel (10cm shorter than the standard issue F88).
* F88S: The Austeyr F88s have a picatinny rail in place of the standard optic sight to allow the attachment of various other sights (such as night vision or high-quality long range sights such as the Elcan C79 Wildcat, ACOG or Aimpoint).
This version of the Steyr is notorious amongst Australian infantry soldiers because the rail is uncomfortably close to the cocking handle; this feature frequently results in knuckle injuries after prolonged use.
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