A Galil for the 21st Century

Thanks to a tip off from The Firearms Blog, I discovered that Israeli Military Industries (IMI) recently released information about a new family of weapons called “ACE” based on a significantly revamped and “modernised” variation of the venerable Galil platform.  As you can see from the photographs below, it certainly “looks” like a new rifle family – and whilst the Galil was predominantly marketed and produced as a 5.56x45mm calibre rifle this new family is being fully marketed in 3 calibres right from the start (the 2x series in 5.56x45mm, the 5x series in 7.62x51mm and the 3x series in 7.62x39mm).  In this way, IMI seems to be hedging its bets by trying to attract a wider range of possible end-users.

      

What IMI have done is to start with the Galil platform, upgrade the trigger unit and pistol grip, move the charging handle to the left side of the reciever, incorporate a few other ergonomic and functional improvements and build in a number of Picatinny-standard rail units for mounting accessories.  Whilst the good old Galil is an extremely durable and reliable rifle, it is getting quite long in the tooth (many of these rifles will have been in service for 30 years or longer now) and it also has limited scope for modernising with the latest tactical accessories and fittings.  The ACE series overcomes all of those short-comings, and also provides current Galil users with a new weapon which will nonetheless feel very familiar – and also retains a high-degree of internal parts commonality with its forerunner, and also uses the same magazine too.

So, who might be the potential customers for this weapon series, and why would they want to choose the ACE over other alternatives?  Well, I suppose the most obvious place to start would be the current installed base of Galil users – which includes countries in Latin America, the Baltics and Asia.  IMI’s Tavor might be the “sexy” newcomer, and also more technologically advanced, but the ACE series looks like a good, solid, economical alternative for end-users who either don’t want a plastic-fantastic bullpup – or who already have a successful track record with the original Galil series.

So, I say “well done” to IMI for thinking more holistically and providing solutions for both ends of the user spectrum.



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