Steyr is a rather progressive company which, while continuing to produce
high-quality arms of traditional design, is always at the forefront of advanced
development as well. Having already been responsible for producing the
highly-touted 5.56mm AUG assault rifle, it didn't take long for the Austrian firm
to come out with a companion piece designed for sniper applications. This is
the AUG/HBAR-T (heavy barreled automatic rifle with telescopic sights).
The HBAR-T shares the assault rifle's synthetic stock of bull-pup configuration;
however, the AUG's carrying handle cum optic sight has been deleted to
make room for a scope base. The same Kahles ZF69 6x [commonly used on
Steyr SSGs] is then fitted to the HBAR-T and the receiver thus modified is
complemented by a 24-inch, cold hammer-forged heavy barrel with integral
The AUG/HBAR-T features all of the same prepossing traits which make the
AUG system so appealing...
-From Sniper Rifles for Civilian Sharpshooters by Nick Nichols;
first published in Gun's and Ammo's 1984 edition of Assault Firearms