Plenty of toys are produced with the sole purpose of providing hours of fun. But there are also toys that are both fun and educational. Okay, I realize that this description has not started out in a very interesting manner, but stick with me here. Legos are a toy that we all know and love. Why? Well, because your imagination is your only limit. Sure, stepping on them with bare feet is enough to make you reconsider how much fun they actually are, but it is not enough to get rid of them. Legos are also educational. So are Lincoln Logs, Tinker Toys, Erector sets and all the other building play sets that can aid in the development of spatial concepts as well as cause-and-effect and fine motor skills. But since you are likely past your Lego-laying prime, this information probably seems useless to you. It is not.
Yeah, you may be an adult now, but there is no reason to avoid sparking your creativity and firing up the old hippocampus to brush up on your spatial awareness. You could also probably stand to flex your frontal lobe and practice some fine motor skills – typing is not enough. If I have your attention, then you will be overjoyed to find that building a new firearm is a perfect task to accomplish it all.
The Galil is a weapon system designed in the 1960s by Yisrael Galil and Yaacov Lior and produced by Israeli Military Industries (IMI). There is a line of Galils chambered in 5.56x45mm NATO and a line chambered in 7.62x51mm NATO. Now, you can build your very own Galil chambered in 5.56x45mm NATO with the IMI factory Galil barrel – now available from Keepshooting.com. This 18-inch barrel is an original factory barrel produced by IMI. It is profiled for either the AR or the ARM configuration and is your first building block for what can become an excellent assault rifle.
You do not see many Galils around, nor do you see many places selling barrels for this cheap. The IMI factory Galil barrel is available for only $69.45.
As noted, the Galil is a series of rifles designed by Yisrael Galil and Yaacov Lior in the 1960s. It was not until 1972 that it entered service with the Israel Defense Forces, effectively replacing the FN FAL. This was only after it was subjected to a battery of tests and won a competition designed to field a new service rifle for the IDF. The Galil was selected over several competing models, including the M16, Stoner 63, AK-47 and the HK33.
The design of the rifle is such that it can maintain a high performance in arid conditions and was based on the Finnish RK 62, among several other rifles. The Galil is a selective-fire rifle with a gas operation that features a Kalashnikov-pattern piston system. Additionally, it features a rotating bolt. The typical Galil also features a pistol grip, plastic handguard and a side-folding skeleton stock and is capable of sustaining a rate of fire of 630-750 rounds per minute at an effective range of about 300m.
There are generally four configurations for the Galil: AR, ARM, SAR and MAR. The AR (assault rifle) is a standard model that is as previously described. The ARM (assault rifle and machine gun) builds on the AR with a carrying handle, folding bipod and wooden handguard. It is better suited for sustained fire. The SAR (short assault rifle) is a carbine-length variant of the aforementioned AR configuration. The MAR (micro assault rifle) is a compact carbine with even further reduced dimensions. The IMI factory Galil barrel is profiled for either the AR or the ARM configuration as it is an 18-inch barrel.
Why buy a Galil when you can build your own? Start out with an IMI factory Galil barrel. Our Galil barrels are chambered in 5.56x45mm NATO. They are early production models, as seen in their 1:12 rifling twist. This rate is optimal for M193 ammunition. Modern barrels are produced with a 1:7 rifling twist and are optimized for SS109/M855 ammunition. These barrels are constructed entirely from steel and feature a blued finish for protection against corrosion and pitting. They all feature a threaded muzzle for the attachment of a flash hider or similar devices. They are not, however, ready for firing. After the rifle is installed, several modifications must be made. In addition to the need for a gas port, notches must be cut for the gas block, front sight and handguard retainer. Similarly, the extractor clearance cut will need to be made once the barrel is timed to the receiver. Each IMI factory Galil barrel is proofed to CIP (Commission Internationale Permanente) standards and includes proof marks. Other manufacturing specifications include:
- Material 15 230
- Fortress 950-1050 Mpa
- Nitration 01-02mm
- Hardness min. 29 HRC
Whether you are building a Galil or need a replacement barrel, the IMI factory Galil barrel is sure to serve you well for years to come.
Israeli Military Industries
Israeli Military Industries is an Israeli arms manufacturer specializing in firearms, ammunition and military technology. It was founded in 1933 and is today headquartered in Ramat HaSharon, Israel. They provided goods and services for a number of Israeli security forces, primarily the Israeli Defense Forces. IMI was responsible for the production of the UZI, what is arguably the most popular submachine gun in the world.
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