The Original Galil Rifle

Someone reached out and wanted to know my opinion of the newly released Galil Ace in 223 vs the original Galil?

Frankly, I don’t know. I have zero time on either rifle. But the Galil Ace in 7.62 looks to me as, likely, the best AK rifle ever made. And I only say that from the improved ergonomics and manual of arms. Let’s be real, the AK sucks by modern standards. It just does.

The IDF Galil. Their attempt at modernizing the AK-47. Frankly, minus the weight, not a bad concept.

As for the original Galil, I hate to admit this, but I have passed on multiple examples back before they got insane in their pricing. Now that we have a reference library, looking back I realize I made a huge mistake. I don’t recall specifically why I passed, but I’m sure it has to do with how much I despised, “AK ergos”. If I ever decide to break down and get an original example today, I will pay oh so dearly for it.

The Cape Town Rifles with this issued Galil Rifles

Interesting side note: I have an old co-worker who played with a Galil back in the day as a work, call-out rifle. Ultimately he sold it. His primary reason? Weight. It was too heavy for a 5.56 rifle. At least when given the choice to choose something else.

The latest Galil known as the Galil ACE in 5.56

As for the new Galil Ace in 223 that takes STANAG magazines? It’s a neat gun. Will I buy one? If I have to give you an answer right now, that would be a no. For me, there are just too many 5.56 rifles that walk-the-dog. But…if one fell into my lap for a super-deal? Sure. A 5.56 variant would end up in the armory reference collection.

Wish I had more to offer, Folks. The Galil just isn’t in my wheel-house.



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  • Yes, the Galil’s have traditionally been quite heavy to really be competitive with it’s peers. But..but…if I knew guy who was all into AK style rifles, loved the 5.56 round, and wanted to march on with a Galil Ace STANAG variant? I think that dude would be pretty neat.

    They are neat guns. And I wouldn’t turn my nose up at one. At least…well…besides all the times I passed them up cheaply in the early 1990’s! Whoops!!!


  • Peter Levakis

    In my quirky youth, I picked up a Valmet SL 7 in .223. Thought it would be different to have an AK variant in that caliber. But as with the Galil, it is a very heavy firearm. Too heavy, in my estimation, to even compete in the AK only matches. It did turn out to be an investment; could fetch a pretty penny if I chose to part with it.

    • I wonder sometimes what would happen if the import ban went away. Lots of prices would crash. Glad you got yours. Back in the day, a 223 caliber AK was considered a turd. You couldn’t give those damn things away. Especially with the surplus Russian ammo everywhere.


      • Peter Levakis

        Just realized I mixed up my designations. It’s a Valmet M-76. Not an SL 7. That’s my oddball H & K carbine in .308. One thing I did note about the Valmet, it ate weird .223 ammo that many AR’s would spit up.

        • I would like one of those SL 308 or 5.56 rifles as well!!!