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.