Because the IWI team prefer the element of surprise in their product releases I was aware some sort of carbine was coming soon. But I didn’t know which.
Today, we know.
IWI launched the Galil ACE Gen II, an even more modernized take on their highly popular modernized AK platform. The Gen II isn’t anything overly fancy, just a logical progression of what the aftermarket and development have shown the direction for the rifle should be.
Two of the most bothersome issues have been corrected on the Gen II’s for 7.62×39’s (and one on the 5.56) compatibility with on the market magazines and compatibility with mil-spec stocks and braces. The new guns play nice on the open market and anyone looking to SBR the new Gen II x39 pistol can do so the moment they get their stamp by grabbing a stock off of nearly anyone’s shelf and can feed it with more than just AK PMAGs (and still PMAGs too).
The second notable change is adding a longer M-LOK handguard and top rail, in line with what the market wants and the aftermarket was supplying for the original ACE. More rail space, combined with a factory M-LOK handguard with plenty of room, equals all the optical options you could want.
There are a few other items, tweaks to the trigger and safety for greater user comfort, rifles use the Magpul CTR and pistols the SBA3, stuff like that.
All in all it looks like IWI will still be making the best modern AK variants available.