TTAG gave away an IWI Galil ACE in 7.62×39 at this year’s Texas Gun Fest to one very lucky winner. It’s a truly great firearm, in essence a modernized AK-47 (read our review here). But for those who don’t feel like 7.62×39 has enough oomph, well, IWI US just announced that they’ve begun shipping the ACE chambered in 7.62×51/.308 Winchester. Their press release follows…
Harrisburg, Pa. (October 2016) – IWI US, Inc., a subsidiary of Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) Ltd., is pleased to announce that the new Galil ACE® Rifle in 7.62 NATO (7.62x51mm/.308 Win) is now shipping to distributors everywhere.
“The 7.62 NATO (7.62x51mm/.308 Win) is an extremely accurate cartridge with a lot of knock-down power and penetration. It’s a fantastic round for everything from big game hunting to long-distance shooting. It’s a cartridge that is worthy of the Galil ACE and we know gun enthusiasts everywhere are going to be excited to get their hands on this just in time for hunting season,” said Michael Kassnar, vice president of sales and marketing for IWI US.
Many improvements have been made since the original Galil was first developed. Weight has been reduced due to the use of high-impact polymers. Reliability has been improved by sealing the internal mechanism with a reciprocating charging handle cover, adding additional protection from sand and dirt. A full-length 2-piece Picatinny top rail has been added and a tri-rail has found its way under the plastic foregrip. Plus, slide on/slide off rail covers with pressure switch access have been incorporated. The Galil now has a folding adjustable stock with a 2-position removable cheek comb. The charging handle was moved to the left side of the receiver and the magazine release was made ambidextrous so that a shooter could change magazines without having to take the gun off target. The Galil ACE geometry was modified so that it could accept standard SR25 style PMAG®s. It features a trigger borrowed from the Galil sniper rifle and an improved gas tube that decreases barrel vibration and increases accuracy. The barrel is chrome lined and cold hammer forged.
Galil ACE Rifle in .308 Specifications:
Caliber: 7.62 NATO (7.62x51mm/.308 Win) Operating System: Closed rotating bolt, long stroke gas piston Magazine Type: MAGPUL LR/SR25 GEN M3 PMAG® Magazine Capacity: 20 rounds Barrel Material: Cold hammer forged, CrMoV, chrome lined Barrel Length: 16″ Overall Length: 36″ (Buttstock Unfolded and Collapsed) Weight: 8.7 lbs. w/o magazine Rifling: Right Hand, 1:12 inch twist Sights: Adjustable with Tritium front post and 2-dot Tritium rear aperture. MSRP: $2,099.00 Restricted States: Sales of this rifle may be restricted in certain states and the District of Columbia. Please check with your local authorities regarding your local firearms laws.
About IWI US, Inc.
IWI US, Inc. is the USA based subsidiary of Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) Ltd. of Ramat Hasharon, Israel and a member of the SK Group, a leading defense and security group of companies that operate in the global Defense and Law Enforcement markets. The IWI US line of products includes several configurations of the TAVOR® X95™, TAVOR® SAR, Jericho® 941™ pistol, UZI® PRO pistol and Galil ACE® rifles and pistols.