IWI US Now Shipping Galil ACE Pistol in 5.56 with Folding Brace

Galil Ace 5.56 with Brace

Brace yourselves – the Galil ACE pistol in 5.56 NATO is here.

The latest pistol version of the Galil from IWI US is chambered for the 5.56 NATO cartridge, feeds from standard AR magazines and comes with a folding pistol stabilization brace. The gun is very similar to the 7.62×39 model recently reviewed by Rusty here at TFB. However, this model is chambered in the lighter weight, Preferred by the Forces of Freedomโ„ข round.

Like the 7.62×39 version, the 5.56 NATO gun is a pistol with an 8.3″ barrel. The barrel is cold hammer forged and has a 1:7″ twist. Additionally, it is chrome lined. This is especially handy if you are sitting on a large stock of corrosive surplus ammo. Of course, with such a short barrel, expect your neighbors at the shooting range to complain about the fireballs and stunning effects of the muzzle blast. One of the many muzzle devices that direct the blast forward may be a handy add-on.

The gun is a bit heavier than its communist calibered cousin; it weighs 7.6 pounds unloaded. While that is a bit tough to swallow for some of the AR crowd, the gun is equipped with a long stroke piston system and has a milled steel receiver. If these are important features to you, the weight is probably not much of a concern.

The gun ships with tritium night sights: a post up front and two dots on an aperture in the back. Of course, ample Picatinny rail space also exists for your favorite red dot as well.

IWI US doesn’t price these cheap: $1,849. However, if Rusty’s review of the 7.62 gun is any indication, this model is likely to be a reliable and accurate shooter.



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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  • Get over it Fanbois

    American shooters are spoiled by “light guns” anyhow. Weight also hasn’t stopped the popularity of the Tavor in the civi market.

    • Jaune Arc

      Weight is sign of reliability. If it does not work, you can always hit them with it.

      • Stu

        I keep it in case of ze Germans.

      • USMC03Vet

        Boris The Blade aka Boris The Bullet Dodger? Yeah. Why do they call him the bullet dodger? Because he dodges bullets, Avi……

    • Juggernaut

      The unexplained popularity of Tavors- because there’s no fixin’ stupid

  • Major Tom

    If you’re judging a gun as good or bad based on its weight, you’re doing it wrong.

    • Duray

      Yeah, tell it to all those wusses in WWII with their M1 carbines. Tell em to butch up and carry a 12# Thompson or 10# Garand like a man.

      • SP mclaughlin

        I don’t think that’s how you use the pound sign.

    • Alex Agius

      Not really, one of the main issues with the BAR was its weight, weight is a big deal, this “sbr” weights more than a full length ar15.

  • KestrelBike

    I believe that barrel length is also shorter than the warranty allows for some silencers, at least for the SilencerCo Omega 30 cal.

    • Texas-Roll-Over

      It’s all about pressure, all silencers will fail in some way, whether it be baffle erosion, weld failure, or a fracture of some type.Gas pressure, gas volume, total number of rounds, and type of powder drives the lifespan.

      For example: Fictitious Company A, makes a 556 Silencer “A.”
      Lifespans: +/- 100 rounds
      20″ barrel = 6000 rounds
      16″ barrel = 4800 rounds
      10.5″ barrel = 2500 rounds
      7″ barrel = 1500 rounds

      So if you buy a pistol, with a cartridge designed for a 16-20 inch barrel and wonder why you’re silencer exploded? There’s a reason.

      Different companies, have different designs utilizing different materials, and costs are always different between companies, based on the companies ability to manufacture or buy parts, inevitably you have massive amounts of variation in the market. Some silencers may hold up longer, and cost less while others don’t hold up and cost more.

      Like you said, the safest way to run a silencer and not break it is to follow the instructions set forth by the company and remember that short barreled rifles and “pistols” have massively greater pressures. The end result is the same, it will fail, it’s just a matter of when.

  • Reef Blastbody

    I’ll wait for the 5.56 carbine.

    • ReadyOrNot

      I’m very interested in one too! From IWI US Facebook:

      “More good news today! The first Galil ACE pistols with side folding stabilizing brace in 5.56 NATO (8.3″ barrel) have left the building and are on their way to our wholesalers!
      We should start shipping the 5.56 pistol without brace in another 10 days to 2 weeks, with the 16″ barreled 5.56 rifles shipping in 2 to 3 weeks.”

  • Sam Damiano

    That’s almost half as much as my AR-15’s.

    • Juggernaut

      Half? Or half again?

  • Vhyrus

    That is a lot of money to pay for a folding sto.. I mean brace and left side charging. I’d take a Yugo M85 over this.

    • nova3930

      They’re neat but not $1800 neat I don’t think….

    • EC

      Doesn’t really matter if 5.56 comes out of a short AK or a short AR-15… it’s going to be performing poorly in either case.

    • That’s MSRP; I’ve heard of them going for less than $1400 in-store. Still not cheap, but it’s a Galil– you could probably beat a pickup truck to death with one of these things and still ring steel at 100yds.

  • Jammy

    Wellllll……how about a 12″ 30 Carbine version…..

    • The_Champ

      It seems like a pretty common comment that so and so gun should be chambered in .30 Carbine. To which I usually respond, why not an M1 carbine? ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Jammy

        Oh, why not indeed! I’m partial to the little buggers; but this is a neat platform.
        Now if they made a rimless .357 Max…..

      • Brett
        • The_Champ

          Wow that is quite something, new to me. I’m guessing they never caught on? What year was that marketed?

          • Brett

            It was never marketed for civilian sales. I was more of a police carbine and I think part of “Home Guard”(?) due to the abundance of 30 carbine and 30rnd M1 mags. from what I can find.

  • EC

    It’s unfortunate because 5.56 out of an 8.3″ barrel is fairly anaemic.

    With an 8″ barrel, 55 gr. 5.56 drops to around 2,380 FPS, which translates to 692 foot-pounds of energy. 5.56 is a round that loses energy very quickly with shortened barrels.

    That essentially drops it down to .45ACP +P or 10mm range… when those rounds are fired out of a pistol.

    124 gr. 7.62×39, on the other hand, drops down to about 1,900 FPS but pushes a much heavier bullet from an 8.5″ barrel. This means 7.62×39 out of a short barrel still has a hair over 1,000 ft-lbs of energy behind it.

    Essentially, 7.62×39 out of a short ~8.5″ barrel has only about 20% less energy than 5.56 out of a full-length rifle barrel. 7.62×39 is decent for going slow, while 5.56 is not very good at it.

    • Flounder

      Your numbers seem very flawed. Why don’t you run the math for us all to see. And some actual chronograph data, ya know that was included in the last article about this rifle showing 7.62×39 had more than 1200 ft-lbs behind it out of this rifle.

      I agree 7.62×39 would be a more effective choice, but this is america 5.56 regardless of effectiveness is the more economical, consumer conscious choice. It is also somewhat more secure since we make so much and are so invested into it.

      • EC

        Sure I’m willing to discuss the data.

        Much of it comes from Ballistics By the Inch. That gives 8″ 55 gr. Remington UMC @ 3,280 fps. Plug it into a ballistic calculator (Hornady’s, for example), and you get 692 ft-lbs of energy.

        Data for 7.62×39 is harder to come up with, so the 1,900 FPS is an approximation. There’s some data from 8.5″ Krinks that’s out there which is useful, but nothing to 8.3″ or 8″ exactly. Again, 124gr. stuff, plug it into ballistic calc, get answer.

        I don’t see how these numbers would be “very flawed”. Sure there might be different loadings that give different results, but I believe those numbers to be reasonably solid.

        As for 5.56, there’s no reason not to get 7.62×39, especially as an American civilian. I don’t go use my .22LR rifle for hunting large deer simply because it is “more economical”. There is the right round for the right purpose, and 5.56 just isn’t the right round for short-barrelled applications.

        • RSG

          Which is why God gave us 300blk and optimized it out of a 9″ barrel.

          • EC

            Yes, .300BLK also works out of short barrels so I guess…

            .300BLK- $0.39/round
            7.62×39- $0.19/round

            Umm nevermind.

          • Duray

            You don’t BUY ammo, you make it.

          • EC

            Yes, it’s totally reasonable to expect that common shooters adopt an exotic, expensive cartridge and acquire the even more costly reloading equipment so that they can shoot off ~150 rounds every two or three months.

            Or you know… just get an inexpensive round and a platform that doesn’t require jumping through hoops while delivering the same performance? Maybe?

          • Juggernaut

            I think 300blk is for guys that would never dream of buying a “commie caliber” rifle

          • EC

            I’m kinda thinking that those guys don’t even have enough imagination to really dream of anything.

          • uisconfruzed

            Or one already owns a Dillon press and can crank them out quickly. ๐Ÿ™‚ https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b62c4b15def7da73e7b87c4457617caee5f7730ec57749972995abe1d1da313b.jpg

        • Giolli Joker

          You inadvertently inverted “3” and “2” on the velocity of the 5.56, ending up with a wonder cartridge faster than the .22 Eargesplitten Loudenboomer out of such a short barrel. ๐Ÿ™‚

          • EC

            Ah, thanks for catching the typo. The data entered into the ballistic calculator though was accurate, so the result should be the same.

      • Palmier

        x39 is cheaper than 556.

    • USMC03Vet

      The SRB/pistol fade regarding 5.56 is pretty absurd. I guess it’s cool for plinking, but then why not go cheaper 9mm at that rate.

    • So fire 70gr TSXes out of it and quit worrying, yeah?

      • EC

        And pay the premium for ammunition that pretty much does the same thing?

        70 gr. Barnes Vor-TX- $0.93/round
        124 gr. Tula- $0.19/round

        Really 70 gr. 5.56 is even less feasible an option than going for .300BLK. If you ended up with 70 gr. 5.56, you might not be worrying about your rifle and instead be worrying about your pocketbook!

        Just get the right cartridge for the job, instead of trying to shoehorn in an insufficient cartridge like the 5.56.

    • Kevin Sanderson

      I imagine the dudes that buy this are less worried about terminal ballistics and are more interested in having a freedom-caliber AK range toy.You could make a similar ballistics argument for just buying the .308 version of the ACE pistol – that would perform superior to the 5.56 out of this barrel length as well, but the cost of ammo for a plinker isn’t a selling point. Wolf 55gr is dirt cheap though, so why not blast with your 8.5″ 5.56 AK?

    • pabloheitmeyer

      Although it’s true that pistol rounds are designed to burn thru in a short barrel and rifle rounds are designed for a longer barrel, is it possible you’re getting confused between muzzle energy and muzzle velocity with those rounds?:

      45 ACP FMJ 230 grain foot pounds 365 velocity 845
      10mm TAC-XP 155 grain 774 foot pounds 1500 velocity

      So no comparison with the 45. 10mm yes, but then 5.56 is much cheaper than 10mm and adding even 2 inches to the 5.56 barrel changes things to a great degree.

      Would I want an 8.3″ 5.56? No – I have an 11.5. Do people run those short barrels? Yes, and if they do they should use the 55 grain for maximum velocity and fragmentation as compared to the heavier but less speedy 62 grain. Would you rather buy and shoot 5.56 or 10mm? The choice is yours.

      • EC

        That’s why I said that short 5.56 gets within range of .45ACP +P, as opposed to regular .45ACP. I agree that 5.56 beats regular ol’ .45ACP… but that’s not saying much.

  • ReadyOrNot

    When’s the carbine length rifle come out?

  • DBN

    I just see know left charging handles “dus cover”

  • USMC03Vet

    IWI lost their mind with these prices.

  • Rogertc1

    Basic ARs only $400 now.

  • uisconfruzed

    You had my interest until, 7.6lbs with an 8″ barrel and $1,849???

  • Fabian

    I have the impression that in Cali they won’t let me buy one….

  • Secundius

    Great?/! Any 5.45×39 in the Foreseeable Future…

  • Mikial

    Anything built by IWI is going to be well worth the money. Believe me, I own several IWI guns.

  • Richard Lutz

    An AK with a plastic lower and a dinky dustcover mounted Picatinny rail for mounting optics. Is this a joke?