from @sammythedwarf - IWI Galil ACE 21N - The Israeli Weapon Industries (IWI) ACE is the latest evolution of the original Israel Military Industries (IMI) Galil whose heritage traces back to Israel's independence in 1948. At the time, Israel was armed with British Enfields and German Mausers left over from World War II. Israel quickly adopted the Belgian FN FAL as their battle rifle in 1955 which was used along with the Israeli Uzi submachinegun in the 1967 Six Day War. The Israelis quickly discovered the limitations of the FAL and the success of the Kalashnikov AK47 used by the Arabs seeking to create a new rifle. Adopted in 1972, the Galil was designed by Uziel Gal and inspired by the Valmet RK62, a Finnish evolution of the AK47 Type III milled-receiver with a FAL side-folding stock, rear peep night sights, upwards swept charging handle, ambidextrous selector (combination of Uzi and AK47), bipod, carry handle, bottle-opener, and chambered in 5.56mm NATO. Ironically Valmet later integrated the many of these features with their M76 - minus the bottle-opener. The Hebrew Hammer as it was known was determined to be an overbuilt tank and with the United States giving Israel Colt 653 M16A1 Carbines, the Galil was quickly left in the dust. Interestingly, in the 1986 Alaska State Troopers Extreme Cold Weather Testing, only the Galil survived every test. Introduced in 2008, the Galil ACE weighs two-thirds as much as the original design, which was as heavy as it's FAL predecessor. The forerunner of the Galil in the Israeli trials was an evolution of the FAL based on the AK47 known as the FNC. The modernized Galil ACE integrates major features from the FN including a left-side charging handle and dust-cover sealing the firearm from dust and debris. The Galil ACE further integrates features from the Colt M16 including a collapsible stock and use of STANAG magazines as well as the now standard Picatinny rail system. Special thank you to Tom Alibrando of IWI. Photography by Oleg Volk.
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