Since the early 1990s, the Steyr is the primary infantry small arms of the Australian Army, replacing the 7.62mm SLR. They are also available to the counter-terrorist faction in Counterstrike.

The light weight makes it a favourite for your average grunt, who unlike the digitised Counterstrike soldiers can't prance around the battlefield in full-kit like Michelle Yeoh wearing nothing heavier than satin. And the ease of cleaning allows them to get a few more minutes kip each night (combat is considerably more tiring than an all-night LAN session).

Steyrs were used in active combat in East Timor, Afghanistan and Iraq, causing casualties to enemy combatants who possibly thought they were phasers set to stun.