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The IDF crossed the AK-47 / M-16 and a bottle opener to make the IMI Galil. But Why doesn't the Israeli Military use the 5.56mm Galil rifle anymore? The Israeli Defense Forces used the Galil as their primary combat rifle from 1972 - 2000. But can the new Galil ACE that was recently resurrected give this legendary weapon the comeback its always deserved?
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The one I’m holding here is an older model Galil. It had a long 18 inch barrel. One thing that hasn’t changed since its creation is that it's always featured a full send mode with a high rate of fire at 650 rounds per minute. I was able to dump the entire clip before I could say shalom! That means hello. One of the distinguishing features that you’ll notice right away is its long curved magazines that its often seen with. I think this comes from the IDF’s dislike for their old FN FAL which could only carry 20 rounds. You’ll see a lot of design choices in the Galil are a direct consequence of the bad taste left in their mouth from the FAL.
This was one of the first military weapons adopted to fire the accurate small NATO 5.56mm from the reliable AK47 style action. The AR Galil has an impressive muzzle velocity of 950 meters per second and an extended max effective range of 500 meters. The IDF made this as a purpose built solution for close range desert fighting that didn’t require a whole lot of love and care in regards to maintenance.
You have to remember at the time of its development in the late 1960’s the Galil was a very novel idea. If you think about it, two years after it went into service the Soviet Army made a version of the AK that fired a smaller round that was very similar to the Galil. It also had a foldable stock just like the Galil. Coincidence, maybe! But I still think the Israelis were inspired by the Soviets AK who were then inspired by the Israelis Galil. Isn’t the circle of firearms life fascinating?
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