After a series of unfortunate events, missteps and recalls, IWI US is finally ready to release the latest version of their Galil ACE rifle. Chambered in 7.62 NATO, the new AK-derivative is as feature rich as its lesser powered kin. As we’ve covered several times in the past, the ACE features a milled receiver, a full-length picatinny rail, left side charging handle and tritium night sights.
Last week IWI US announced the 7.62 NATO arrival on their Facebook Page:
We are pleased to announce that after months of delays, today we finally start shipping the Galil ACE rifles in 7.62 NATO (7.62x51mm)! They should start showing up at our distributors early next week and your local FFL Dealer a few days later. The IWI US website will be updated with details on this rifle in a few hours.
Improvements made since the original Galil was first developed include:
- Charging handle (reciprocating) moved to the left side of the milled steel receiver allowing for weak hand operation
- LR/SR25 magazine compatibility. (Note that the Galil ACE rifle is assembled in the US from imported and US parts under 18 U.S.C § 922(r). You should only use magazines made in the USA in your Galil ACE rifle. Use of an imported magazine may put you in violation of 18 U.S.C § 922(r).)
- Weight reduction with the use of modern polymers
- Full length 2-piece Picatinny top rail
- Picatinny tri-rail forearm with built in, slide on/ off rail covers with pressure switch access
Side Folding adjustable telescoping buttstock with 2 position removable comb on all rifle models
- Fully adjustable iron sights with Tritium front post and 2 dot Tritium rear aperture
- Caliber 7.62 NATO (7.62x51mm)
- Action Semi-auto
- Operating System Closed rotating bolt, long stroke gas piston
- Magazine Type MAGPUL LR/SR25 GEN M3
- Magazine Capacity 20 rounds
- Barrel Material Cold hammer forged, CrMoV, Chrome lined
- Barrel Length 16″
- Overall Length 36″ (Buttstock Unfolded and Collapsed)
- Weight 8.7 lbs w/out Magazine
- Rifling Right Hand, 1:12 inch twist
- Stock Color Black
- Sights Adjustable with Tritium front post and 2-dot Tritium rear aperture.
- Restricted States Sales of this rifle may be restricted in certain states and the District of Columbia. Please check with your local authorities regarding your local firearms laws.
- MSRP $2,099.00
P.O. Box 126707
Harrisburg, PA 17112
Phil Note: I spoke with Michael at IWI on Thursday and the first of the 7.62 rifles were shipped Friday morning.