The AK Perfected: The Galil ACE in .223/5.56mm In-Depth Review

James Reeves
by James Reeves

In this episode of TFBTV, James reviews the Galil ACE in 5.56mm/.223. The Galil is Israel’s answer to the AK47, but a sleeker, more modernized version.

Taken directly from IWI’s brochure:

“The modernized Galil ACE is based upon the reliable mechanism of the original Galil rifle first developed by IMI in the late 1960’s. Drawing inspiration from the legendary Russian AK-47 and the Finnish Valmet RK 62, the IWI Galil ACE has been continuously improved over the last 40 years, resulting in today’s extremely reliable and highly accurate Galil ACE.

Improvements made since the original Galil was first developed include:

Charging handle (reciprocating) moved to the left side of the milled steel receiver allowing for weak hand operation

AKM/AK-47 magazine compatibility. (Note that the Galil ACE rifle is assembled in the US from imported and US parts under 18 U.S.C § 922(r). You should only use magazines made in the USA in your Galil ACE rifle. Use of an imported magazine may put you in violation of 18 U.S.C § 922(r).)

Weight reduction with the use of modern polymers

Full length 2-piece Picatinny style top rail

Picatinny style tri-rail forearm with built in, slide on/ off rail covers with pressure switch access

Side Folding adjustable telescoping buttstock with 2 position removable comb on all rifle models

Fully adjustable iron sights with Tritium front post”

Galil ACE .223/5.56mm
Galil ARM

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James Reeves
James Reeves

Owner, Neutral Ground Gun Co. NRA/Louisiana State Police certified concealed weapons instructor, 2012-present Maxim Magazine's MAXIMum Warrior, 2011 TFBTV Executive Producer Champion, Key West Cinco De Mayo Taco Eating Competition Lawyer Instagram: gunshorts Twitter: @jjreeves

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  • SLM SLM on May 20, 2018

    The price is ridiculous. These are designed to be simple reliable machines that can easily be mass produced in 3rd world countries and are being made in emerging countries like Colombia. This is a $600-$750 weapon at most...

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    • Emfourty Gasmask Emfourty Gasmask on May 25, 2018

      @SLM I mean, you do understand what goes into building the ACE right? It is most assuredly not a "$600-$750" weapon as you say it is. Colombia's Indumil is a very top tier rated weapons manufacture, not some "3rd world" industry like you seem to imply, and they've been working with IWI since the 80s to get there.

      I think, perhaps, you should compare these to the SAM-7 AKMs from Arsenal, which are along the same vein in terms of quality.

  • M Bear M Bear on May 21, 2018

    How do you improve an AK? Turn it into something that isn't an AK.

    I'll keep my ARs, thank you very much