"Now built stateside by Steyr subcontractor Sabre Defense—legendary for its tactical rifles and its unrivaled M2HB and Minigun barrels currently in use by the U.S. military—under the watchful eyes and to the exacting tolerances of Austrian engineers, the new Steyr AUG/A3 SA USA made its debut at the 2009 SHOT Show and is now available in 5.56×45mm (.223 Rem.).
"After the importation ban in 1989, the legendary AUG/A1 frequently commanded in excess of $5,000, but the svelte, utilitarian Austrian bullpup in its upgraded, modern A3 configuration is now available at a fraction of that."
The MSRP is now $2,295. That's still beyond the means of a humble blogger with children who demand to be fed on a pretty regular basis, but this will go down as more AUGs get into the market. 30-round mags are still $45 a pop on Steyr's website.
There is also a domestic AUG clone built by Microtech Small Arms Research (MSAR) called the STG-556. The MSAR version retains the integral AUG/A1 optical sight, while the new Steyr model has a picatinny rail to mount whatever optics you want.
Although Bawb will point out that the AUG is still just a "poodle shooter" since it fires the .223 round, if you are going to have a poodle shooter this is the one to have. The AUG is shorter (without sacrificing barrel length) and more rugged and reliable than the AR-15. Besides, that "poodle shooter" crack may seem funny to Bawb and his buddies out in grizzly-country, but here in the Hawkeye State, where packs of feral poodles are a growing menace, it's no laughing matter.
You can view a cool promotional video about the new Steyr AUG here.
I encourage my fanatical fans or affectionate older siblings to seriously consider giving me one of these. It's better to give than to receive, so I'd be getting the hard part of that transaction. That's a sacrifice I'm willing to make.