IWI announced the return of the Galil rifle to the United States with two 7.62x39mm-chambered models—a 16-inch-barreled rifle called the ACE 32 and an 8-inch-barreled SBR called the ACE 31. Importation of the Galil to America ceased in 1993, however, the firearms manufacturer has continued to modernize the AK-47-based design—it just hasn’t been available to us until now.
Roughly similar to the original Galil, the ACE is a new, redesigned modernized version. The ACE, like the old Galil, has the same gas system, bolt carrier group and trigger as the AK-47. However, IWI has enhanced the rifle to incorporate many new features making shooting and adding accessories easier.
One incredibly important change is the machined aluminum upper receiver with a polymer pistol grip and mag well housing that cuts down the overall weight of the rifle to less than 8 pounds. Another noticeable difference is the left-side charging handle with a spring-loaded dust cover that moves with the operation of the rifle keeping dirt out.
There is an ambidextrous safety mounted behind the trigger on top of the integrated pistol grip; it is accessible with your thumb without requiring movement of the rifle to switch from safe to fire.
The ACE has adjustable sights; with the new upgraded rail system, you can add a light, laser with pressure pad switch and any other optic of your choice. In three places along the forearm of the rifle are Picatinny rails with rail covers removable by a small button on the handguard.
Fully extended, the Galil ACE is 35 inches long. The rifle has an M4-style adjustable length of pull stock that also folds to the right side of the gun’s receiver.
The 16-inch barrel is chrome lined and hammer-forged with a 1:9.5-inch twist and threaded for 5/8×24 .30 caliber muzzle brakes or suppressors.
Breaking down the ACE for cleaning and maintenance is almost identical to an AK-47. Those familiar with the AK platform will have no problems. The ACE also accepts standard AK-47 magazines, including PMAGs.
The enhancements and improvements of the Galil Ace make it fun to shoot. It is more modular than the original Galil. Its brand new redesigned buffer assembly helps manage recoil better.
IWI reps said to expect the Galil Ace to hit the shelves in the second quarter of 2015, without mention of price. However, I hear rumors that the Galil ACE will retail for less than the Tavor. The Galil ACE pistol press release from October 2014 says the ACE 32 will begin shipping in February with an MSRP of $2,149.00.