IWI to Import Galil Ace into US

Galil Ace

The Military Arms Chanel is reporting that IWI US will begin importing a Galil Ace rifle and Galil Ace pistol into the United States starting in 2015.

The guns will be chambered in 7.62×39 and use standard AK magazines. The rifles will come with a folding stock that adjusts for length of pull and has a removable cheek adaptor. The pistols will have a SIG arm brace.

Accessory rails are standard in the hand guard and covered by removable panels. An MSRP is not announced, though MAC reports the price should be less than the TAVOR rifles.



Richard Johnson

An advocate of gun proliferation zones, Richard is a long time shooter, former cop and internet entrepreneur. Among the many places he calls home is http://www.gunsholstersandgear.com/.


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  • bob

    Great news to hear and while I definitely think 7.62×39 is great I do hope they come in the 5.56 variety sometime soon. I am sure they’ll be fantastic rifles.

  • …Huh.

    • John

      Why is that? The Russian sanction scare driving down x39 demand?
      Might be a business move on their part: sell the x39s as much as possible before introducing the 5.56.

      Glock IMO did similarly by introducing their G42 before introducing the [upcoming] 9mm slimline model. People would be more apt to buy both

      • Cal S.

        The G42 was just an effort to massively troll their over-hyped customer base, imho. Slide issues and all.

        As to this rifle, it would be interesting to have an accurate rifle in 7.62×39. I’m hoping that it comes down to the upper hundreds instead of into the thousands. Admittedly a pipe dream. I’d also be willing to pay for a side-folding 5.56 that’s not asking you to take out a second mortgage. Just disgusts me how many companies are like “Yeah, here’s this awesome rifle we made for like $250, but we’re gonna mark it up 700% because we can…”

        I guess it’s the Free-Market. Maybe when the current ‘gun bubble’ bursts, they’ll come down so far & fast that us poor folks can afford it too.

      • Just not what I expected, is all.

    • Cymond

      I think it makes sense. As ‘Leonard’ said above, there are many great firearms chambered in 223Rem/5.56NATO but far fewer available in x39. Most of what does exist in x39 are copies of Cold War era designs.

  • Cognosco

    Hope the price is low enough to actually be able to enjoy one of these in the next few years. All the cool new toys coming out all seem to be outside my price range.

    • joe schemo

      I dont make a lot of money. You have to have a budget i put away a few hundred a month for guns and ammo. I call up thosr funds when i need to make a purchase, also shopping around will save you hundreds especially on high priced guns like scar, tavor, arx…..etc.

      • USMC03Vet

        A couple of hundred a month just for guns and ammo?

        We obviously have different definitions of not making a lot of money.

        • Tim U

          The principle is the same regardless of the amount you can set aside. Some months I only put away a couple bucks, others a little more. Eventually you get there.

        • Ethan

          Budget. Budget. Budget. The actual amount of income you have is almost irrelevant as you can choose how much you spend on standard of living. Honestly, you’d be amazed.

          Check out Larry Burket’s financial guide for young couples – I was able to build two AR-15s during my Ramen noodle years of college just by maintaining a workable budget.

          Keep the powder dry! =)

      • echelon

        If you wanna have some fun on a smaller budget, buy an AK “pistol” in either 5.56 or x39 and then get the SB15 adapter and sig SB15 brace…and Viola!!! Don’t use the SB47 brace cuz they’re too short…

        Total cost should be under $700 and if you’ve already got mags/ammo for caliber of choice you’re good to go!

        • Vhyrus

          I got the m92 with the brace for less than 600. I put a qd block on the brace tube to increase the LOP and a quad rail on the front for a red dot. Total cost is well under a grand and it is the most fun gun I own.

          • echelon

            + the “stick it to the man and his $200 tax stamp” feature, which is priceless. 🙂

    • USMC03Vet

      I’m with you, Bro. I want to believe and IWI needs to make it happen.

    • waffen ss

      it’s a jew gun- of course it will be a ripoff.

      • Vhyrus

        You lost, dude. 70 years should be enough time to move on.

      • Tim U

        It’s going to be a quality gun. Quality costs. It will likely be worth the cost to those that want top performance.

        Take your anti-Semitism and go.

        • I knew he would pop up on this post. Just another nut case.

          • waffen ss

            the boys in blue serve the jew

          • Ethan

            I’m so proud of your rhyming skills. Did you make that up all by yourself?

            Shalom.

          • Ford

            waffen ss,I would bet that you are one of those people that looks for every opportunity to work your hatred for Israel and Jews into every post no matter the subject.

          • The best thing to do is ignore him until I ban him again.

    • Both shopping and real estate rely on the same principle…location, location, location! My city has 4 sporting goods stores and 3 gunshops. I shopped around and a Beretta ARX went from $2,000 at one store to $1,650 at another. Don’t worry about getting it right when it releases, either. Gun folk are increasingly becoming beta testers. Let the wealthier folks work the bugs out before you sink any cash into a firearm.

  • big daddy

    OK I’ll start saving as soon as I have enough mags and ammo for my other guns. Seriously if it’s within my ability I will buy one without a doubt. If it’s $2000 no way, if it’s $1200 I’ll find a way. It’s an inexpensive military type rifle based on an AK 47 how expensive can it/should it be?

    • Cognosco

      My thoughts exactly. And with multitudes of other countries around the world adopting it as sort of the new generation “Kalashnikov” with it’s ubiquity, I can’t imagine that it would be very expensive to tool up and make. If it’s $1100-$1200 that’s much more within reason. Quality AKs go for that price or similar prices. But there seems bound to be a premium on this rifle or a few reasons. It’s aesthetically unique in the realm of US consumer firearms, it’s got that IWI logo on it, and it’s brand new. So my hopes aren’t high right now..

      • big daddy

        It really should be more like in the $800 range because of the lack of R&D needed to field this rifle. Add on the numbers being made now. It’s all based on already proven technology. It’s basically just an updated Galil which is an updated AK.

        • BjornTheBrave

          Spot on. The ACE is not going to sell well -if at all- above that price point. IWI marketing obviously seeks to fill the Russian AK ban niche, and I wish them the best of luck, but I highly doubt they will succeed on this one. Not in a high end AK market where for instance Arsenal is simply switching over entirely to Bulgarian AKs. Call me old fashioned -I am!- but a plastic AK is not an AK. It’s something of a don’t mess with Old Farts kind of thing…

          • big daddy

            It’s an AK, no it’s a Valmet, no it’s a Galil……as long as it’s a reliable good shooter I don’t care what it is. It shoots one of my favorite cartridges, uses AK mags, is not DI, is backed by military use, has a chrome lined barrel and I hope CHF and comes in a SIG braced pistol, what more can I ask for? With AKs you really never know what you’re going to get. I got very lucky with my WASR 10. It has an original chrome lined barrel, the mags are not too wobbly and it shoots straight. It was used and the person lined up the sights perfectly, I guess he used a mallet. The only issue is the over travel on the safety, very slightly they all do it and it doesn’t bother me, I paid $440 for it. I won’t pay 1K for an AK I will for an ACE.

          • BjornTheBrave

            Roger that. All IWI barrels are CHF, don’t worrie. IWI knows what they’re doing.

        • Yallann

          Not really, performance and specs wise this is a direct competitor to the H&K 416 , Beretta ARX-160 and FN Scar. It’s actually the AR-killer prophesized by AK enthusiasts. And it’s adoption by actually properly funded serious militaries means it has far more street cred than all those above designs. Expect this to be a big seller no matter what the price.

  • USMC03Vet

    Here is hoping it’s not Tavor stupid priced.

    Putting off the AK purchase for this.

    • Vhyrus

      I don’t consider $1700 for a third gen rifle stupid. That’s roughly the same price as the other bullpups on the market (of which the tavor is better), and considerably less than the SCAR or ACR.

      If this gun comes in at or below a grand I think it’s a winner.

      • erwos

        No chance whatsoever it’s coming in at a thousand bucks. More likely, $1400 or so. They are going to see what people are spending on the 556xi, ARX-100, LAR-47, etc. and price it like that.

        • Vhyrus

          Any higher than $1200 street and they’ve officially lost to the 556xi

          • erwos

            I think they could sustain $1350. They need to stay away from $1500+; that’s in the same territory are the ARX-100 and Tavor.

          • Cognosco

            Oh my god I forgot all about that sexy thing until you mentioned it now.. IWI might not have my full attention anymore..

      • Ethan

        Agreed. The tavor is not just a bullpup, its modular Piston bullpup with *factory standard* conversion kits for 9mm and 5.45×39.
        I know plenty of people who have to build 3 ARs to accomplish that without the short length, awesome ergos, etc…

        And it comes from the factory in FDE and soon Olive Drab.

    • They say it’s less expensive.

  • Leonard

    The world needs more quality (ie ergonomic 7.62×39) offerings. The 5.56 platform is flooded with good choices, the 7.62×39 not so much. I would gladly jump on this band wagon if the cost of admission was less than $1200!

  • BjornTheBrave

    Explain to me how this is superior to the highly customizable and steel SGL21. MSRP between $1 and $2K? ROFL!!!!! No plastic toy rifle is worth more than $800, regardless of brand. No way. Just my two pennies…

    • john huscio

      Lighter, more ergonomic, more accurate (from many reports) easier to mount optics, directly descended from the valmet series of AKs (the best AK variants ever made IMO) IMHO, this is the AK perfected….its got me strongly considering getting into the 7.62×39 to the point of considering selling my SLR06fr to finance one (leaning towards the pistol/sig brace combo at the moment)

      • BjornTheBrave

        I don’t agree on the ACE being more ergonomic. Quite the contrary. The SGL-21 can have its pistol grip replaced. Not so with the ACE, at least by the looks of it [if so I stand corrected]. Good luck to all the lefties out there. The SGL will accommodate both righties ans lefties (throw in a LINCH).
        Weight is relative. Most of us will not be lugging it around in the mountains, jungle or desert while carrying 60Ibs on our backs. And I assume we all work out…
        The fixed irons are a disadvantage, not an advantage -but that’s a draw anyway. You don’t use the AK’s irons anyway because they’re a joke.
        It’s not at all easier to mount optics on an ACE as it is to an SGL-21. Throw on a Krebs Rear Sight Rail System and/or Krebs UFM and you have way more rail space.
        I guess it depends on POU and finance. If you want a really nice AK you bring money to the table and add anything you like to an SGL21. If you’re on a budget you get the ACE and make due with what you get for that matter: less then ideal, but not at all a junk rifle.
        I just prefer steel weapons. By all means, YMMV. Yes, truth be told, ACE in some areas is better straight out the box because you get some real estate -I don’t see how that comes as is CH is a plus or an advantage over the SGL21. But the SGL21 is better if you are willing to put in the money. I don’t care about AK accuracy. It’s a 200m platform anyway, and a good shooter will always hit center of mass within that treshold. There’s a difference between combat accuracy and bench/competition accuracy. The AK is a beautiful tool for the parameters it was designed for. Which are sufficient knock down power and barrier penetration, while being sufficiently accurate within realistic engagement ranges =200m, it has been since WW2. You don’t need a 1MOA rifle for those ranges. And you’re not going to hit anything beyond that anyway, well, it becomes challenging and can only be done with very good optics -AK or AR-. But basically, everything farther out is MGs and DMRs.

    • erwos

      I’d be super-happy to explain how it’s better:
      1. Left side charging handle – vastly superior for 80% of users
      2. IWI quality – none of the canted front sights and shitty finishes your Arsenal has.
      3. No canted sights (I’ve had plenty of ‘high end’ AKs with them, lets not pretend)
      4. Built-in optic industry-standard optics mount
      5. Excellent folding/collapsing stock
      6. Superior factory quad-rail handguard
      7. Better rear sight
      8. Better selector (albeit still not as good as the Tavor or AR-15)
      9. … and still about the same weight as an SGL21-84.

      BTW, the Galil ACE only uses a polymer lower; the rest is a milled forging.

      • waffen ss

        yugo m70ab2 underfolder for $550 OTD. this Israeli POS will set you back $1500 (at least) when all is said and done.

        • Ethan

          Speaking as a Jewish NRA instructor, thank you for your country and your women. We zionist rats just LOVE consuming your culture one shopping plaza at a time with our banks, jewelry stores and bagel shops. We will soon rule the world thanks to Aryan weakness.
          (sarcasm for those who didn’t pick that up)

          There, that should keep you feed for at least another week. After that I’ll have to stop at Petsmart and pick up another bulk bag of Troll feed. Man this stuff is getting expensive!

          • Yea he shows up and I keep banning him:-)

          • BjornTheBrave

            Any way you could track down his ISP? I think that might be a way around those using dynamic addresses. Let your tech guys look in to that. I’m by know means a SME. Maybe I’m wrong, in that case you could consider this a brain fart.

          • They are checking into it. I can’t share a lot but I would like to see him permanently sent back to the hole he crawled out of.

          • BjornTheBrave

            I understand, of course you shouldn’t disclose any in the works countermeasures. I hope you’ll find a way to keep douchebags from posting their futile comments on the site. Good luck.

          • Thanks!

          • BjornTheBrave

            What in the Lord’s name happened here??? Waffen SS???? Who posts under a name like that??!! ANY excuse for a person doing that should stop breathing EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY.

            Do you mean Jews taking over Germany? MAZZELTOV MAZZELTOV MAZZELTOV my good friend 😀 I have every reason to hate them Huns, especially the older generation and the right wing “conservatives” among the lot…

            [sorry Steve & Phil, I let politics slip through just this ONCE]

        • erwos

          You mean your M70AB2 that is made by a bunch of monkeys at CAI and doesn’t even have a chrome-lined CHF bore, never mind any of the above?

          Also, who’s upvoting this nazi?

      • BjornTheBrave

        1: So? It doesn’t help the lefties. Throw in a LINCH and you have a CH at both sides, the LINCH even folds. That huge knob on the ACE is a disadvantage.
        2: I second the IWI quality. The Tavor has some serious design flaws though. A) That $350 Geissele trigger should come factory installed for the price you pay for the rifle, B) The handguard is a flaw. there’s a reason why the Tavor already has so many aftermarket fixes. C) Google ‘Tavor face’, D) the Tavor runs dirtier than is acceptable for a long-stroke piston rifle, E) it’s plastic and that handguard heats up FAST.
        4: I don’t care for the sights on ANY AK. (YMMV)
        5: If you spend money you can get two Krebs rails and have superior real estate.
        6: What if I like KeyMods and don’t like full length P-rail hand guards (which are quickly becoming obsolete).
        7: see 4
        8: I don’t like that knob ‘right there’. That’s personal preference though. YMMV.
        9: Weight is/should be relative to the civilian gun owner.

        I know. I just don’t like polymer guns. Again, YMMV. By all means 🙂

  • Taylor TX

    Looks pretty freakin cool, I love seeing more things in 7.62 x 39, really neat how much it takes from the AK. I dont understand why the designers didnt stretch the handguard out another inch or two to prevent contact with a hot barrel. That side folding SB15 sounds awesome, been wanting to get a Law Tactical Adapter for my AR for a while.

    • Ethan

      I’m in the same boat. This thing might just get me back into Kalashnikov pattern weapon again though. For an un-suppressed PDW, 7.62×39 is just as good as 300BLK and about 3 times as cheap!
      I’ll make room in the safe (or a backpack) for that!

  • Lance

    Be careful as well Obama is looking for another import rifle to ban the pistol set up may give him a open target for a executive order ban again.

    • Scott P

      He can’t because previous presidents did it already. Steel core 7.62×39 has already been banned for 21 years. 5.56 is already on the exemption list which isn’t going anywhere anytime soon otherwise they would have done it by now with all the 5.56 pistols on the market.

    • RickH

      You can blame the 1st Bush for the import ban. Ooops, guns not politics. Sorry.

  • RickH

    Could we just have the original Galil, please?

    • erwos

      Never going to happen. The production lines have been shut down and disassembled. It would also be much more of a niche gun due to its lack of modern features (and extreme weight).

      • BjornTheBrave

        What about SA manufacture?…

        • erwos

          The Vektor production line was shut down, and that if they restarted it, it was going to be for the upgraded R4 (which uses an M4-style stock). Competition shooters in SA are having a brutal time just finding spare parts for their LM4s these days.

          • BjornTheBrave

            So the Galil’s basically dead…. More’s the pity. Well, in that case the Ace family does make sense commercially. Strange that the Galil is still listed on IWI’s website though. http://www.israel-weapon.com/default.asp?catid=%7B813E02F8-D6E3-48B1-A0D4-171BBDD46E28%7D

          • erwos

            I’m sure they’d restart the line if they found some government that was just dead set on buying 50k original Galils… but I rate that about as likely as a government buying a bunch of original Uzis.

          • BjornTheBrave

            But with all the tooling dismantled?.. I’m sure IWI would ask any potential client ‘Hey listen, don’t you want our ACE and Uzi Pro series instead?’. The Galil is dead, the Uzi is dead, the FAL is pretty much dead. All those ancient guns are dead.. Funny how the AR and AK never died and probably never will. They are here to stay. Like the P226, 1911, Glock etc. Some guns are simply eternal.

          • erwos

            Given that the ACE and Pro can probably be produced more cheaply than the original Galil and Uzi, yes, it would be surprising if the original Galil ever made a return.

          • BjornTheBrave

            Indeed. It makes no sense to start building the Great-Grandfather Galil and Uzi again, from a sheer cost perspective. I still love the looks of both though. Buying IWI products is a good way to support Israel as well, because we all stand behind Israel. I think I’ll get the Mrs an upgraded Tavor or a Galil ACE 32 as a surprise eventually. They’re slick anyway. All the ACE needs is Circle 10 mags, a nice Savvy Cobra sling, an Aimpoint T-2/GDI mount and a Surefire Scout light. The rifle itself is good to go straight out the box. But I still kind of feel less can go wrong with an SGL21. Time will tell.

    • BjornTheBrave

      NOW we’re talking!!!! :'( IWI ended production…. I LOVE the Great Grandpa Galil. For me, that’s truly Israel’s signature rifle. There’s hope though -I guess, because if I’m not mistaken it is still being produced in SA.

  • Disambiguation

    Oh that sucks. Gonna end up divorced at this rate. With an awesome gun collection though! 😉

    • erwos

      With half an awesome gun collection, you mean.

      • Disambiguation

        SHIT! I didn’t think about that! lol

        Ahh, I’ll give her the kids and the house. I’m keeping the guns 😉

      • Dan

        What she doesn’t know she will never get!

  • Cornelius Carroll

    If they bring this over in the $800-1200 range they’ll sell like hot cakes. I actually like that they’re bringing over the x39 version first.

    • Ethan

      Yeah, seems like its staying true to its roots. Plus the 7.62×39 is better suited to pistol length barrels than the 5.45×39. I’m sure there will be both eventually. IWI likes to make things in the NATO and Comblock staple calibers.

  • Brian

    Count me in for a pistol version as long as the sig brace is easy to replace with a folding stock once my form 1 comes back.

  • echelon

    “The Pistols will have a Sig arm brace”. Not gonna lie, I giggled like a school girl and peed myself a little…

    • Ethan

      I KNOW!! I did a little happy dance in my chair that caused coworker to peer over the wall at me.

  • Ethan

    3:23 “Because they’re also bringing [the pistol version] to market with a side folding SB-15 brace system”

    ….and now I have to explain to my boss why I have to leave to go home and change my pants. Thanks Firearm Blog.

  • Jeremy Star

    Oh man. Now I have to decide on the Sig 556 xi or this.

    • Ethan

      Seriously… and I was just jonesing on the Remington Versamax and now this sweet thing comes along.. I try not to be player but there’s just so many guns to love!

      • Rusty Shackleford

        I’m not a player, I just collect a lot.

    • Vhyrus

      Depends on the price. Unless it’s considerably cheaper, the 556 has this thing beat. That is a big statement from someone who is an admitted IWI fanboy.

      • Jeremy Star

        True. I love IWI rifles, but I love Sig everything. Probably own both eventually. 😉

  • TDog

    Never saw into the hype of the Galil. It was heavy and didn’t really offer anything that the AR didn’t. I suppose people will claim it was more reliable, but then again these are the same people who will claim in another debate that the AR functions flawlessly “with proper maintenance.”

    Not my cup of tea. I’m sure they’ll make some owner happy, but my two cents is it’s more hype than substance.

    • erwos

      The ACE trims off like a pound and change from the weight, which helps a lot.

      The Galil hype is less “this was the best gun of the 70’s” and more “this is the ultimate AK made by the Israelis who have significant combat experience”. I own a Galil SAR – it’s a fun gun to shoot and makes you feel bad-ass, but it’s not the one I’d take to a gunfight compared to a fully tricked-out AR-15.

      The ACE is just the next evolution of that. It’s not a third-gen assault rifle, but more like a 2.5gen.

  • John

    With all that polymer you’d think it would be cheap, but I expect it will be $1000 or more which is just absurd for an AK variant.

  • Ratcraft

    I will go $800. No more. I like it, I like it a lot. No $850 a lot though.

  • hydepark

    Shouldn’t they try to go ahead and deliver on the UZI Pro they’ve been promising us for years first?

  • waffen ss

    jew gun- no thanks