Although soldiers in Israel Defense Forces (IDF) are most commonly seen carrying M16 rifles and M4 carbines made in the United States, the Israel Military Industries (IMI) Galil was their official rifle for almost two decades. During the Six Day War In 1967, the IDF captured thousands of AK47 assault rifles for later evaluation and found they were more reliable and controllable than the current issued battlerifle: the FAL. Searching for a suitable replacement, designer Yisrael Galil offered up an alternative in the form of a RK 62 type variant chambered in 5.56x45mm. The resulting rifle adopted by the IDF was issued in four versions, one of which was the compact MAR, better known as the Micro Galil.
Fast forward a few decades, and here we are in the U.S. with our cumbersome import laws and the modern Galil ACE in 5.56mm or 7.62×39. However, for shooters or collectors looking for a unique rifle with a slice of history, one company is taking genuine Micro Galil parts kits and building pistols or Short Barreled Rifles (SBRs) chambered in 300BLK. JAXX Industries in Henderson, Nevada is making retro clone builds from actual parts kits, complete with real service wear. I was lucky enough to borrow one over the winter months and, complete with SB Tactical Pistol Stabilizing Brace (PSB), humped it through the snow and ice, deep into the northeast woods – a bit out of its original design elements. Overall, this is an awesome rifle with a lot of character. But, you should stick around for the details.
JAXX Industries Micro Galil In 300BLK
Typical Micro Galil carbines featured a right side, almost top charging action with a handle that pointed upwards for easier offhand manipulations. JAXX uncovered some very rare left side charging kits that obviously reciprocates, but includes a spring loaded dust cover that keeps dirt, debris and errant fingers out of the action. My handle was beautifully rubbed down to bare metal.
Which brings up a good point: to my knowledge, all of the kits JAXX used for these builds are used, not unissued guns: a feature I would prefer if I was a buyer. However, some shooters may be looking for a pristine build, so it’s best to call or email JAXX before you purchase.
Until recently, I have held off partaking in the world that is 300BLK. However, being the silencer aficionado that I am, a caliber change was inevitable. As such, I ran four types of ammunition through the Micro Galil – three of which were subsonic. More on ammo later.
My review Micro Galil arrived from JAXX with three brands of magazines – ProMag, IMI and a Tapco, all of which functioned just fine. I chose to primarily use the the IMI magazine on aesthetics alone. Incidentally, the Galil mags hold 35 rounds, which is awesome.
For the Micro Galil uninitiated (like myself) the majority of the guns parts will remind you of a Kalashnikov variant. The iconic handguard probably being the biggest giveaway that this gun is not a direct descendant of the AK47.
JAXX replicated the IDF Hebrew selector markings which I thought was a very nice touch. I attempted to type the Hebrew myself, so please go easy on me:
נצ = (S) Safe
א = (A) Automatic
ב = (R) Semiautomatic
- Caliber – .300 AAC Blackout
- Receiver – CNC Warrior
- Overall Length 29.5in , Folded length 19.5in
- Weight Loaded – 7.2lbs
- Weight Unloaded – 6.6lbs
- 9.5in barrel 1:7 RH Twist (41v50 Alloy Steel), Threaded M13X1 RH
- Standard IMI Flash Hider (threaded)
- Custom tuned action – Rails, Bolt & Carrier
- Left-side charging
- Right side folding Galil MAR 699 stock
- IMI Micro Galil 699 1913 Picatinny railed gas tube
- IMI Micro Galil Polymer Hand Guard w/ heat shield
- IMI Micro Galil Pistol Grip
- Custom tuned G2 double hook trigger
- Fire controls – Hebrew
- Finish – Cerakote
- 1 35rd IMI Steel Magazine, 2 Tapco Galil Mags
Micro Galil Field Strip
If you have field stripped an AK, you can field strip a Micro Galil. After visually and physically inspecting the weapon to make sure the chamber and magazine well are free of ammunition, remove the receiver cover.
Then press and pull the return spring out of the carrier. The carrier can then be slid back and off the rails of the receiver.
The receiver on the Galil is milled rather than stamped, which adds strength (and weight).
Although these kits are used, all of the parts appear to be in excellent condition. Here is the gas pisto in good shape.
The bolt carrier shows some wear, but is completely functional.
The bolt, extractor and firing pin were solid. I kept the Micro Galil pretty wet with Ballistol during testing.
The polymer handguard is held in place with a hex bolt that runs just under and through the front sight base. The gas tube serves as a home for a welded-on rail that is functional, albeit inherently “non-precision” grade.
The front sight base is held in place with two roll pins. One part of me wanted to see the size of the gas port in the barrel, but since this is not my gun, I restrained myself.
The JAXX Micro Galil ships with a metric to standard muzzle thread adapater, of which I took full advantage. The 300BLK barrel has a nice large shoulder for proper alignment.
You don’t have to be an engineer to appreciate the simple design of the Micro Galil – functional but elegant.
Shooting the 300BLK JAXX Industries Micro Galil
I really enjoyed my time with this
rifle pistol. As carbines go, it was ergonomic enough to shoulder comfortably and the recoil behind even the supersonic rounds was completely manageable. Using subsonic ammo and my Dead Air KYMO outfitted SilencerCo Saker 762, pulling the trigger is a mesmerizing experience – the action noise clacks back and forth like a large sewing machine.
The most interesting ammunition I had the chance to test with this gun was the Inceptor Short Range ‘Sport Utility’ round that is a pressed copper polymer 88gr bullet that is frangible – perfect for steel targets at close ranges. These rounds chambered, fired and ejected without issue and held a steady point of aim/point of impact.
The only malfunctions I suffered during my evaluation period came using the Sig Elite Performace ammunition. Using the IMI magazine, the rounds would nose dive prior to chambering. Because of the uniqueness of the platform itself, it would be unfair to place blame on the gun or the ammunition. Among other considerations, the magazines are made to feed 5.56x45mm. Honestly, I would have been surprised if I didn’t experience some sort failure to feed or failure to extract malfunction. Each gun is made from a parts kit, each with a bit of character.
The subsonic target loads from Discreet Ballistics all functioned perfectly, with a pleasant tone out of the 9.5” barrel and SilencerCo Saker. Although it would be a waste for me as target/plinking rounds, Discreet Ballistics offers some formidable 188gr copper “Selous” hollow points that would be an interesting pair with the Micro Galil. Both types are precision loaded for repeatability.
Conclusions: JAXX Industries Micro Galil
One of the hardest questions I had to answer surrounding this review was who is the intended customer and who would most appreciate this build. On the one hand, I would prefer a more traditional 5.56x45mm SBR build, staying as close as possible to the original design. On the other hand, 5.56 in a barrel this length makes little sense, and 300BLK is wicked fun to suppress. And the PSB makes purchasing and traveling with the JAXX Micro Galil a bit easier than dealing with NFA wait times.
All that said, this is a unique, fun and historical pistol/rifle that is fun to shoot and own. If the near $3K price tag fits into your budget, I highly doubt you will regret the purchase. For those with elevated levels of patience, my suggestion would be to opt for the SBR version.
Originally made by Israeli Military Industries, the Micro Galil’s production was highly limited, making it very rare to even come across. This sought after, subcompact version of the standard Galil assault rifle was especially popular with Israeli Police and Special Forces Units.
Rarer yet than the Micro Galil itself are the left side charging variants of this scarce model. JAXX Industries recently came into a small lot of left-side-charging Micro Galil kits, and as the eccentric suppression-addicts that we are, our team just had to reproduce the Micro Galil in .300BLK for the civilian market! This is now one of the only rifle caliber PDW’s on the market today and the first and only Micro Galil chambered in .300 AAC Blackout. Paired with one of our custom made, lightweight Titanium Micro Galil suppressors, the JAXX .300BLK Micor Galil still comes in at a shorter overall length than most carbines on the market! Check these out while they’re still available.
The JAXX .300BLK Micro Galil is primarily tuned for use with a suppressor and thus may not cycle subsonic unsuppressed. Ships with a 13x1RH to 5/8-24RH Thread Adapter.