Steyr, Why?

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  1. As this weeks fetish appears to be the Falklands I was noticing the FIDF use the Styer.

    Does anyone know why?

    I would love the answer to be something that made sence like they were tested and found to preform better in the South Atlantic than the SA-80, but more likely to be a container full of them washed up in stanley a few years ago and they kept them!
     
  2. Steyr goes Bang when trigger pressed?
     
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  3. they saw them on 'modern warfare 2' and thought "ooooh they look nice"
     
  4. I always thought they used the Steyr..... :D
     
  5. Biped

    Biped LE Book Reviewer

    The Steyr is a very capable assault rifle. And damn, it looks sexy!

    Edited to add: Oh, the argies are using it too.
     
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  6. Back in the 80s I thought about getting one but they cost about £1400 so I made do with a stainless £480 Mini 14 instead untill they banned it, so I got it de-activated and sold it to a plonker who collected de acs for the same money
     
  7. Horrible, horrible things. They do go bang when asked to though...
     
  8. I believe the FIDF prefered them to the old SA80A1, it was never comapred to the A2 as the FIDF have had these weapons a fair old while now.
     
  9. But why did they get the choice? I assume they are funded by the FI govt rather than the MOD?
     
  10. Shot alongside them once at Bisley.

    All their kit was excellent- arktis smocks, lowa boots, bespoke webbing etc (this was 2001 mind).

    If i remember correctly they were just given a budget and it was up to them to spend how and when they wanted. Hence the kit and weapon system. They did however have SUSATs on the styers i think.
     
  11. The AUG was somewhat better than the L85A1 when the FIDF ran their procurement, but it is now a distant second place to the A2 and other weapons.

    The AUG does not have a particularly good reputation for durability under severe conditions. The Australians have had quite a few problems with their locally made F88 Austeyr version.
     
  12. RP578

    RP578 LE Book Reviewer

    Correct, but I think they get training/instruction from the RM.
     
  13. whoever gave them the budget forgot to tell them to buy Sa80 with it :twisted:
    so like anybody with a brain they brought something else :twisted:
    much egg on face of FO but nobody sensible would have brought the a1 given the choice :twisted:
     
  14. As you stated yourself "locally made"
     
  15. Maybe the FIDF found you could stack them better in the middle of your drill hall, as the SA80a1 would be a bugger stack....must be true I saw it on the TV... :D

    thought the AUG was a decent wpn..did the FIDF get any of the upgrades ????