Another Shameless Galil Post?

I’m currently on vacation and this is publishing on a timer but whenever I see good Galil content I enjoy sharing it, sharing the creators, and sharing the fact the IWI produces the finest modern AK evolution currently available.

Especially if you want a 5.56.

As many are aware, 5.56 is a finicky cartridge to make work in AK receivers, similar to 7.62x39mm being rather persnickety in AR receivers. The dimensions being worked on and with don’t always do what we’d like.

In AK’s, the space available that usually isn’t any issue with the more aggressively tapered rounds suddenly gives little pathways for the 5.56 to just tuck itself into on occasion unless internals were very closely toleranced to avoid that. Yes, several AKs are properly made to run 5.56. The Polish make an excellent example.

The other way around has 7.62 stretching the space limits of barrel extensions and chambers meant for 5.56, this too can lead to problems.

The Galil is neatly and smartly designed to handle all four calibers it runs, the two NATO and the two x39 Russian rounds. The 5.56 and 7.62 NATO guns add common western magazine compatibility, bolt lock/release, and dimensionally deal with the operation through smart receiver design. That piston, bold, recoil system, and trunnion are still all classic AK though. The guns’ cores are largely unaltered. Free-float M-LOK rails adding the wide ancillary compatibility round it all out.

I will however cede that the Gen I Galil ACE series did look cooler. Much more a vibe as we way nowadays.

Keith Finch
Keith is the former Editor-in-Chief of GAT Marketing Agency, Inc. He got told there was a mountain of other things that needed doing, so he does those now and writes here when he can. A USMC Infantry Veteran and Small Arms and Artillery Technician, Keith covers the evolving training and technology from across the shooting industry. Teaching since 2009, he covers local concealed carry courses, intermediate and advanced rifle courses, handgun, red dot handgun, bullpups, AKs, and home defense courses for civilians, military client requests, and law enforcement client requests.