IWI Galil ACE Rifle and Pistol Coming to the USA. MSRP Announced.

MAC reports that the IWI Galil ACE will be offered in the USA as a pistol and rifle chambered in 7.62x39mm. It will go on sale after SHOT Show (February 2015).

The first officially announced Galil ACE product is the pistol variant.  From the press release …

The IWI US ® pistol will be available initially in 7.62x39mm with an 8.3″ barrel and an overall length of 18″. The Galil ACE pistol has a 2-piece Picatinny rail with adjustable front and rear sights with Tritium post on the front site. The Tri-Rail forearm system features removable covers, including a protected pressure switch area. The Galil accepts standard AK-style magazines.

A feature of the IWI US Galil ACE® is the new location of the charging handle. It has been moved to the left side enabling the user to maintain control over the pistol while charging and also allows for faster target re-acquisition. The safety selector is available on right and left sides.

The MSRP is  $1,749.00 …. ouch!

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  • JumpIf NotZero

    Not sure why anyone would assume you aren’t looking at $1500-2000 for a modern carbine.

    If the AR was released today it would be $2000, no doubt.

    In before all the whiners that assume they are entitled a cheap non-AR carbine.

    • Danetheman21

      Well said! I have been a long time reader of TFB but don’t post at all bc of the heap of arguments that people get tangled into.This is the first post that I think hits the nail on the head. Innovation demands a premium, without that incentive, innovative ideas would never leave the drawing board.

      • raz-0

        Look, the AR does what it does, and it does it for between $500 and $2000.

        If you are showing up performing like a $500 AR for $2000, you failed at innovating anything. Sure, being cool and different is worth something, but not that huge. I think there’s a lot of room to compete at $1500 if you QC is decent and you did some competent engineering. AT the $2000 end of the pool, you have to be damn good, and a lot of the rifles that jumped in at that end were not.

        You haven’t seen a lot of bitching about the TAVOR’s pricing because it hovers around that sweet spot of $1500 and is significantly different than an AR, so it moves at a slight premium over that for the cool factor. If this arrives at less than that, I think there will be takers and not a lot of griping provided the quality is there.

        Then you have stuff like the ACR and SCAR. They both went past $2k, and the former is kind of crap in general, and the latter is solidly not bad form top to bottom, but also not excelling past the AR platform in any area, and falls short in terms of ergonomics.

        • JumpIf NotZero

          I think the logical point you are missing is not that X gun at 2gr should be chosen for how it performs against the AR but rather;

          The larger point is that by leveraging volume and aftermarket support, the AR in the USA is an amazing value. This is clearly why it’s the most popular civilian carbine that’s ever existed. That doesn’t mean other carbines shouldn’t be brought to market even at higher prices, or that you can judge their aspects against the AR even if the AR is the better value.

          The Scar, ACR, Tavor, whatever didn’t “go past” a certain amount, they cost what they cost. Don’t like it? Don’t buy it. Dollar for dollar the AR is unbeatable; but at the same time don’t crap on the policy and market that allows for so many excellent choices.

          • raz-0

            I’m not saying they shouldn’t exist. I’m contending that innovation means better, and at best they are different and more expensive.

            Outside of that, they aren’t selling well at all. Why? They aren’t worth what they are asking for them. To make up for $1000 you have to ship a LOT of cool.

            FN crapped out the FS2000. Then they made the SCAR. The scar is competent, but outside of the accuracy being delivered from a barrel of the weight they put in it, it’s kind of an also ran to cheaper ARs.

            FN, at this year’s FN 3gun championship basically got up and begged the competitors to tell them why they don’t like what FN sells, and what would make them buy it.

            For the scar, fix the ergonomics and knock off $1000, and you couldn’t keep them in stock with high volume of manufacturing.

          • KestrelBike

            Interesting on FN asking competitors why they don’t like the Scar (I assume the scar. I have, use, and LOVE the SLP MkI shotgun and prefer it over my 1st-edition rem versamax tactical).

            I haven’t ever really considered the FN pistols, because of availability and the aftermarket selection of parts and installation-ease with both Glock and M&P pistols.

        • KestrelBike

          The ACR is an awesome weapon that has a reputation from users who haven’t… used it.

    • Nicks87

      I dont like the price but for the features that it offers it really isnt that bad. Not to mention the real price will be more like 1300-1500.

      • Cornelius Carroll

        I hope you’re right with $1300. I’d pick one up at that price.

    • kalashnikev

      Not sure why:
      1) The Galil is a Modern Carbine
      2) The unsold parts from the unsuccessful 7.62.39mm version would be worth over $1K cobbled together

    • FourString

      Yup, I’d imagine putting all that work into an AK to make it nearly equivalent to the Galil ACE might run the price far over the Galil’s MSRP?

  • echelon

    For that money I’d expect to be able to at least switch the charging handle from left to right…

    I’ll just stick with regular AKs and Galils until this thing jumps into the 21st century.

    • JumpIf NotZero

      Ah, the number of times I’ve needed to change the location of the charging handle before a competition, class, drill, shooting position…. oh so many times.

      • echelon

        Hey when you’re a lefty it makes a difference. And especially since so many of the competitors have either ambi or reversible handles.

        If it’s not a big deal to some, great then it’s not a factor in your purchase. For other it is. I, personally, expect quite a bit from a $1500-$2000 weapon. If I just want it to go bang and hold a lot of ammo I have plenty of $500-$1000 AK options to choose from in various calibers…and as a lefty, the right side charging handle is actually better for me ergonomically so…

        Some people buy cars that have XXXHP or XXXMPG or a certain safety rating or aesthetic, etc. Why should weapon choice be any different?

        It actually sucks for me cuz I really like the Galil ACE!

        • JumpIf NotZero

          Pfft…. Lefties…. Here is the thing it’s all learned behavior. If I was a lefty, I’d shoot righty, no question about it. It would just be easier on my wallet and so much more practical! 😉

          • echelon

            I shoot righty during practice sessions quite frequently. I would suspect most lefties do. Doesn’t mean that it comes naturally to me or that I prefer it.

            Logically, by your thinking, I should just learn to throw with my right hand, write, eat, etc. since it’s obviously a right hand world, right?

            If the roles were suddenly reversed I guarantee I would be staggered by the amount of wailing and gnashing of teeth by righties…haha.

            In any case, the ACE is out for me unless they update it to modern standards.

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  • Jeremy Star

    So definitely going with the Sig 556 Xi Russian.

    • toms

      I would think twice about that one. Having owned several sig rifles, I would trust an olympic arms or keltech over it. The absolute worst quality rifle I have ever owned bar none with the possible exception of a Remington 742. Even sent it back twice and I don’t think they even tried to fix it. Comparing the sig to an IMI is not even close. The swiss 5.56 version, which I also owned, was much much better.

      • FourString

        Heard that the quality depends on the generation of the rifle. The first batch of Sig 556R’s were indeed poor

        • All the ones I shot back in the summer were great. I shot every darn one of them.
          The 556Xi was a very good performer that everyone there liked.

    • Manny Fal

      Chilean Army tested the Sig 556 and it failed testing so they are now adopting the galil ace and this is from a country whose previous 2 standard rifles were Sigs.

    • avconsumer2

      I thoroughly enjoy my 556R. I can imagine they’ve only improved it. I was never a big fan of Sigs either. (generally avoided them in fact)

  • DZ

    Cheaper than the tavor my ass. I was so excited for the ACE , but not 1700 exited.

    • DZ

      About how much is a full fun ACE sold to places like Colombia?

      • JumpIf NotZero

        Not sure how a government to government sale would be an apples to apples comparison for a carbine sold in the USA to civilians. Often the mil rifles cost more as they come with parts and support. But still, I’m not sure what point you are trying to make.

        If you don’t like the price, there are other options you may find a better deal. Buy one of those. A pro for another product is not necessarily a con against this one.

        • DZ

          IwI is owned by the Israeli gov? News to me.

          The question was to bring the point of why a rifle with less functionality would cost more, and why such a mark up for our market.

          • JumpIf NotZero

            I’m pretty sure sales for a foreign military aren’t done on papal. You would need your own government involved. But by all means, keep making pouty faces about how it’s not cheap enough for ‘you’ and that somehow makes it a bad deal not to be excited over. Because the world arms market revolves around you.

          • Manny Fal

            Apart from the gimmicky ‘quick barrel changes’ the Galil Ace has all the features of the latest modern rifles. In addition they already have multiple different calibre and lengths available. The functionality is the same.

            Also IWI is smart at marketing. They recognize the Galil Ace will be in high demand in the civilian world now that it has been adopted by the militaries of Chile, Vietnam, Colombia and probably India and Peru as well. As it stands the Galil Ace is the most PROVEN modern rifle available. Even more than the HK416 which has only been adopted by underfunded militaries like Norway.

    • It is cheaper. The real price will be more like $1450.

  • Nicks87

    A modernized AK that shoots 7.62×39, has a full rail, ambi safety, left side charging handle and uses standard/magpul AK mags, sounds like a winner to me. I will be saving up my pennies to purchase the pistol version.

    • JumpIf NotZero

      If someone were looking at a really great example of an AK, like an Arsenal… You’re absolutely right, the Galil ACE is a no-brainer. I’m not really into x39 but I do have a milled AK and I do get that the value of an object isn’t exactly what I “want” to pay but what others are willing to.

      A lot of bitching here for a gun that should AK better than an AK.

      • Nicks87

        While the 7.62×39 isnt great for ballistics it’s cheap and readily availible and being left handed I really like the fact that it has a left side charging handle and an ambi safety. I will probably get rid of my yugo to help pay for the ACE but I will be able to keep all my mags and ammo so it’s a win win for me.

  • Brian

    With a 1750 MSRP it should be available for 1500 or less from dealers. I’m in for one of the pistols once Tanners or CDNN receives a bunch as part of a blowout sale due to sluggish sales in an already saturated gun market.

    • JumpIf NotZero

      Good point on the sluggish market. Things have been dropping, now and the next year are the time to buy. It’ll peak back up for the next election though.

      It is a bad time to come to market with a new design, but, this is not a new design. They need to cover about zero development costs. Doing a new ACR or that Beretta mostronisty, those would be bad decisions to release now.

  • terminalbrd

    That seems a bit steep to me. Are there any plans to bring the ACE to market in any other calibers? Honestly, I have little to no interest in a rifle chambered in 7.62×39. I’m certainly not interested in spending north of $1500.00 for a rifle in that chambering.

    • KestrelBike

      I’ve successfully avoided any x39 weapons, simply to keep rifle-calibers to a minimum (.308, .223, and 5.45). I loves my AK-74 in 5.45×39, and would be interested in an ACE in 5.56 or 5.45.

      • erwos

        5.45×39 guns are basically dead in the US market with the 7N6 import ban. To an extent, this is stupid – commercial 5.45×39 is widely available and cheap – but the cheap surplus ammo was a compelling reason to choose that caliber over 5.56×45. Without it being available for the long term, it just seems more sensible to go the 5.56×45 route for long term investment.

        OTOH, it’s still reasonably good days for those of us who have a 5.45×39 gun in the safe – I can keep running it until the ammo supply dries up, or pricing exceeds 5.56×45.

        • KestrelBike

          All fair points, but there is also the strong chance of normalizing ties with Russia & whatever-happens-with-ukraine and the 7N6 ban could quietly go away.

    • erwos

      It’s coming to market in 7.62×51 (SR-25 mags) in Q4 of 2015, and 5.56×45 (AR-15 mags) in Q1 of 2016. The 7.62×51 pricing, in particular, is extremely competitive with the Sig 716.

      • terminalbrd

        That’s good to know. What is your source for this information?

        • erwos

          IWI US. 🙂

  • Tim U

    I’ll get one of the rifles at least. If you want a real galil you need to pay more than these already. Century parts kits don’t count in my book. I have been wanting something to go along next to my Israeli Uzi and Jericho. Looks like this is it. I just could not get over the Tavor trigger, but this should be a lot more reasonable in that department.

    • FourString

      Pretty true. Outside of the Golani Sporter, which was always a gamble of a purchase, there wasn’t really a viable option before this

  • Disambiguation

    I hope everyone beating up on them about price will make them lower their price point a little because either way, I have a heart-on for the 8.3” pistol model (with a side folding sig brace) and am going to drop the coin.

  • kalashnikev

    Keep it.

  • USMC03Vet

    God damn it.

    Now I’m worried about what twice the gun is going to cost.

    • Disambiguation

      why USMC?

      • Sam Schifo

        I’m going to guess he’s buying two.

        • Disambiguation

          Yeah, I kinda want 2 as well. One rifle and one pistol.

          • Sam Schifo

            If I could afford it I’d buy a x39 rifle and a 5.56 rifle when they release it eventually.

      • USMC03Vet

        Because it’s half the gun at a premium full rifle price.

  • John

    Throw this gun right into the trash. That MSRP is absolutely insane.

  • Andy

    Damn, I really wanted one too. Way to price yourselves out of the market guys.

  • Jimmy D

    Press release has price listed at $2,149.

    • The price varied during the time they were working on bringing this to market. The $1749 is the final price.

      • Rusty Shackleford

        I’d think the $2149 might be the MSRP for the rifle variant.

  • Lance

    OVER PRICED!!!!!!!!!! Better buy a real East European AK.

  • Texas-Roll-Over

    Slightly overpriced. But not by much…

    Buy an Arsenal AK, a very high quality, well built AK, starting at 1000 (+/- 100)
    Then spend money for the rail, 100 to 200.
    Pistol Grip and new Stock, 200.
    Add more mags, 50.
    Add US made trigger, 30.
    Total, 1500, less optics (100 – 600)

    How about we try this with an AR?

    Standard Rifle, 700 (+/-100)
    A good rail, 200.
    Stock and Grip, 100
    New trigger, 100
    QD Flash Hider/Brake, 100.
    Mags, 5 – 15,

    Total 1300 +, less optics (100-600)

    This gun is all of that plus more, and sooo much bitching. This is almost a Krebs out of the box.




    • erwos

      Just skip to the chase: the SAM7SF-84 is $1400, and the ACE is a MUCH better rifle.

  • Cornelius Carroll

    WHY!? Why? why? Damnit.

  • SM

    I wonder if they’ll bring a .308 variant over?

  • Adam aka eddie d.

    Guys, anyone know if this gun accepts standard AK grips?

    The location of the safety got me thinking, but the stock piece looks like
    a regular Fab Defense AK grip.

    Also, is the buttstock assy removable somehow?
    (Think AR buffer kit.)

    • IT guy

      MAC seemed to indicate that since it’s a one piece polymer lower that no, it would not accept AK grips (or any grip replacement). That’s the grip you get, which does look like a FAB.

      No word on the details of the buttstock yet. Final configs for US release is still not 100% defined.

  • john huscio

    My once rigid enthusiasm is now flaccid at that pricepoint….