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The Original Galil Rifle

The Cape Town Rifles with this issued Galil Rifles

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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