SIG 556 + SIG 556R + Galil Mags = SIGalil

Nathaniel F
by Nathaniel F

Some people want something different. Some people don’t worry about the should I? and only care about the can I?. One of those people – who blogs by the name “The Hebrew Hammer” – created the SIGalil, the product of two happy coincidences. The first? A SIG 556R lower fits with a SIG 556 upper, complete with proper magazine presentation and everything. The second? Galil 5.56mm magazines fit into AK-47 magwells. The result is a kludge that doesn’t look like a kludge – no, it looks like it came from the factory that way!

The SIGalil. If you have a SIG 556 upper, a SIG556R lower, and a Galil magazine, you too can be the proud owner of a familiar-but-unique 5.56mm rifle.

One would imagine the SIGalil would have some problems in functioning – kludges usually do – but that’s not necessarily the case. The SIG 556 and 556R are closely related, as are the AK-47 and Galil pattern magazines. So, the combination may not be any more “out there” than an AK from one country feeding from magazines made in another country.

The combination raises the question, however: “Why modify your rifle to a non-standard configuration just so it can use heavier and less common Galil magazines?”

The answer is obvious: To be different.

Nathaniel F
Nathaniel F

Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. He can be reached via email at

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