MAC Torture Tests The IWI Galil ACE In Dirty, Gritty Mud

Nathaniel F
by Nathaniel F

We all know the Galil ACE is a descendant of the famous AK series of rifles, but how well does it handle mud? Well, in the interim between the news breaking that IWI was recalling all of its newly released Galil ACE pistols due to the presence of a full auto sear pin hole and shipping the pistol back to IWI, Tim of the Military Arms Channel decided to give the new gun a little mud bath:

This test provides us an interesting point of comparison with InRange’s mud testing of an M1 Garand rifle, released last week. The AK being a descendant, in part, of the M1, makes IWI’s Galil something of a great grandson of John Garand’s magnum opus, but with some key improvements that should improve its resistance to foreign object ingress. Chief among these, as Tim demonstrated in his previous video on the pistol, is the considerable effort IWI went to sealing the Galil ACE’s receiver against dirt, mud, sand, and other debris. While the tests done by MAC and InRange on the two respective weapons are not directly comparable, they do give us an indicator of how sealing the action against the elements protects the operating group from grit that gets into trigger mechanisms, locking surfaces, chambers, cam tracks, receiver rails, and operating rod guides. Tim drives this point home in his video by exposing the Galil ACE – which previously had resisted the mud well, suffering only failures of the trigger to reset due to interference from fine grit – to the mud hole with the top cover off, whereupon the pistol suffers a great deal more problems, such as sluggish operation of the moving parts group, and debris in the locking surfaces, chamber, and magazine, issues not all that dissimilar to those the M1 and M1A suffered in InRange’s testing.

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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