MANUFACTURER(S): Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) (fmr Israeli Military Industries (IMI)) - Israel
ACTION: Gas-Operated; Rotating Bolt
CALIBER(S)*: 5.56x45mm NATO
SIGHTS: Adjustable Iron; Optional Optics
Detailing the development and operational history of the IWI Galil MAR (Micro Assault Rifle / Micro-Galil) Compact Assault Rifle / Carbine.
Entry last updated on 10/20/2017.
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The Galil MAR (Micro-Assault Rifle) is nothing more than a highly compact form of the excellent Galil automatic rifle system. The MAR was introduced in 1995 and intended for use by special forces operatives who could appreciate a compact, close-in fighting weapon system based on a proven action. Like the Galil rifle before it, the MAR utilizes the widely-accepted 5.56x45mm NATO standard cartridge and fires from a 35-round curved detachable box magazine. The internal workings of the MAR mimic the function of the full-size Galil to a tee making it an economical development. Categorically, the MAR is more akin to a submachine gun system though still firing a rifle-caliber cartridge in the 5.56mm.
Compared to the standard Galil, the MAR utilizes a much shorter barrel assembly measuring just 7.68 inches over that of the original's 18 inch form. As such, the foregrip is also made much shorter, producing a design that measures no more than 27 inches in length. With its foldable steel stock, the MAR can see its overall length reduced to 17.5 inches. All other functionality remains the same - the charging handle, fire selector and ejection port are all set to the right side of the gun body. The trigger unit, pistol grip and magazine functions remain faithful to the original. Optics and accessories are optional.
The MAR features a cyclic rate-of-fire nearing 650 rounds per minute with a muzzle velocity of approximately 2,330 feet per second.