Galil Field Strip (World's Best Bottle Opener)

Alex C.
by Alex C.

The IMI Galil is based on the Finnish RK series of rifles which is in turn based on the AK series. However, the Israelis made it their own by adding on a few very unique features and the result was a very high quality and coveted rifle. The classic Galil has been largely phased out of service in Israel, but they are not uncommon around the world (and have been produced under license). So, what makes it tick?

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– [Alex] Hey guys, it’s Alex C with TFBTV, and today we’re gonna field strip the Galil ARM.

This would be more akin to a light machine gun version of the Galil.

Also, these are definitely the world’s coolest bottle opener.

There is a bi-pod retainer that functions as a pretty damn good bottle opener.

As I’ve showed in a previous video before.

They also have other really cool features such as a bipod wire cutters, front and rear night sights, and a safety lever on the left side of the gun, that’s very AR like.

Other than that, the Galil ARM’s are, I think they look really cool at least with a wooden hard guard.

A milled receiver, and some other neat features, such as a folding stock, a nice pistol grip, and all that and so on.

Let’s get to field stripping it.

You’re going to, of course, first safety check it.

Open it up, check the chamber.

Make sure there’s nothing in there.

And then it’s kinda like field stripping just a regular AKM, assault rifle.

You’re gonna push in this tab here that’s on the rear of the guide rod assembly and spring and lift off the dust cover, which on the Galil’s also houses the rear sight.

Now, you’ll notice that tab is longer than usual and serves to, obviously retain the dust cover a little better than an AKM.

So you don’t lose zero.

And have the sight picture shift around, what have you, so.

Then you’re going to press in that tab again and lift the recoil spring and guide rod out and set them aside, so you don’t lose it.

Although, it’s a pretty hard piece to lose.

So next up, you’re gonna remove the bolt and bolt carrier by pulling it to the rear, up, and out.

And you’ll notice the bolt carrier has some extensions on it, that’s to reduce the slot of the piston inside of the gas tube, which is really nice, actually.

Makes these very controllable and fall out.

Or they don’t kinda feel as sloppy as an AKM.

But then you’re gonna rotate the bolt out, and set these parts aside.

All right, now you can actually remove the gas tube by sliding to the rear, instead of fumbling around with a lever, like on an AK, how the lever, kinda, probably your least favorite part about disassembling the AK.

But, it fits into a nice dove tailed section right there.

So it’s retained very well and all in all, a very well thought out feature.

And that’s really all that’s required to field strip a Galil.

These are really great rifles.

This is probably the highest evolution of the AK in its traditional form, that is, barring guns like the AK12, and the AN94 if you wanna really grasp at straws.

You know, features such as the extensions on the piston were just really well thought out.

This was actually carried over from the finished RK series.

But, you know, the Israelis pick and chose what they wanted, and they did very well and came up with a rifle that was very well suited for where they fight.

And that’s gonna be in the desert.

Realistically, though, it would work fine in all conditions.

I’ve seen tests in Alaska, where they pit these up against competing rifles of the time and these were, I believe one of the two rifles that performed flawlessly.

So, the Galil definitely earned a spot on this list.

I know I, for one, am looking forward to the new Galil Ace.

And hopefully on TFBTV we’ll get to test it.

And you guys, thanks to Venture Munitions.

And we hope to see ya next time.

This is Alex C with TFBTV, signing off.

Alex C.
Alex C.

Alex is a Senior Writer for The Firearm Blog and Director of TFBTV.

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  • MPWS MPWS on Dec 12, 2015

    Good quickie take on Galil, apparently a collector's piece by now. When I was able to check out Galil I found it bit awkward, perhaps due to its weight which is result of carry-on bipod. I also did not like the 'candle-holder' charging grip.

    There actually was further development in form of Denel R4, R5 and R6.

  • Schizuki Schizuki on Dec 13, 2015

    The invention of the rail-mounted bottle opener has rendered this obsolete. It's all about modularity.