The IMI Galil (Hebrew: גליל‎) is a family of Israeli-made automatic rifles designed by Yisrael Galili and Yakov Lior in the late 1960s. Initially produced by the state-owned Israel Military Industries, they are now exported by the privatized Israel Weapon Industries. The design is closely based on the Finnish-made RK 62 assault rifle, which is itself an improved version of the Soviet-made AK-47. The first Galils were manufactured using RK 62 receivers. Most Galils are chambered for either the 5.56×45mm NATO or 7.62×51mm NATO cartridges. The Galil family of weapons are in use with both military and police forces in over 25 countries.
The Israeli Army used the 5.56×45mm NATO-caliber Galil in three basic configurations; the Automatic Rifle Machine-gun (ARM) with a bipod, wire cutter and carrying handle would become the standard service rifle issued to frontline infantry troops—this is the version that is well-known for featuring a bottle opener in the front hand-guard; the Automatic Rifle (AR) without the bipod, wire cutter and carrying handle was issued to support troops and military police units; the Short Automatic Rifle (SAR), with a shortened barrel, was issued to vehicle crews, army staff and specialty troops.
A modernized version of the Galil is currently in production in multiple calibers, called the Galil ACE.

View More On Wikipedia.org
Top