Modernising the Galil rifle

The Galil (in its various models) might not have actually received the acceptance it deserved in its homeland – due to the influx of cheap second-hand M16s and M4s from the US – but there’s no denying that it is one of the best things that ever happened to the basic Kalashnikov design.  Well, one has to also acknowledge its close cousin the Finnish Valment M76 series, and the zenith of its development achieved with the Sako RK95. 

Valmet M76

Valmet M76

 

Sako RK95

Sako RK95

 

Golani .223 Sport Rifle

Golani .223 Sport Rifle

Nonetheless, the Galil went on to achieve a fairly high degree of success internationally – being adopted and/or license-built by South Africa, Portugal, Guatemala, Peru, Columbia – and most recently by Estonia (amongst others). 

Portuguese

Portuguese

Colombians

Colombians

 

Peruvians

Peruvians

 

South African

South Africans

Estonians

Estonians

It was actually a piece of news about the Estonian Galils that prompted me to write this.  Some time ago I came across a page on the US Federal Business Opportunities website that stated “The US ARMY CECOM LCMC intends to acquire 330 Galil Picatinny Rail Kit for the Galil SAR Assault Rifle for Estonia.  Contracting Office Address: US Army C-E LCMC Acquisition Center – DAAB07, ATTN: AMSEL-AC, Building 1208, Fort Monmouth, NJ 07703-5008”.  Presumably, this is to equip the Estonian special ops troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.  And presumably, it is also becuase of this acquisition programme that a number of Picatinny rail systems for the Galil have now appeared on the commercial market in the US (as seen below).

Blackthorne Products

Blackthorne Products

  

Botach Tactical

Botach Tactical

 

FAB Defence

FAB Defence

 

UTG

UTG

The South Africans are also working on modernising their R4, licensed version of the Galil, with a SOPMOD style accessories kit including a Picatinny rail mounted above the receiver – as shown during a presentation at the Soldier Technology and Modernisation conference in London recently.

IMG_2749

So, it seems that there’s life in the old dog yet…



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