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IWI Galil ACE


Assault Rifle / Assault Carbine / Battle Rifle


Israel | 2008



"The IWI Galil ACE is a further evolution of the well-established Israeli Galil assault rifle series and represents a modernized version of the classic gun."



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The original Israeli military IMI "Galil" rifle of 1972 was a modified form of the Finnish RK-62 which itself was a local creation of the Polish copy of the famous Soviet Kalashnikov AK-47. A stout weapon, the Galil proved itself across the many regional conflicts involving Israel and went on to form the basis for several other related automatic weapons born from the original - these including a carbine, Light Machine Gun (LMG) and Designated Marksman Rifle (DMR) forms.

However, as good as the gun was there were critiques that followed the weapon after a period of practical in-the-field use. Chiefly, as a frontline standard infantryman assault weapon, the rifle proved heavy at just under 10 pounds and several internal design qualities threatened reliability under harsh battlefield conditions. With that in mind, Israel Military Industries (IMI) engineers (now Israel Weapon Industries - IWI) engineers went to work on fleshing out a modernized version of the storied rifle and this has become the Gaili "ACE".

The ACE marks a family of automatic weapons based on the reworked Galil concept - to include a full-length assault rifle form, a shortened carbine model and a sturdy Battle Rifle (to fulfill the sniping / Designated Marksman Rifle (DMR) role). The overall appearance of the weapon remains faithful to the Galil but certainly has been reworked with accessory rails support and liberal use of lightweight polymers. A "last-round" bolt catch has been implemented and the gas operation system relies on a proven long-stroke piston action with the gas cylinder affixed over the barrel assembly. An adjustable shoulder stock gives the operator some customizability and the barrel is finished with chrome-lining and is hammer-forged for robustness.

The resulting weapon is a lighter, more reliable and accurate frontline service rifle able to adopt to various battlefield roles - a plethora of variants are available which feature varying operational weights, barrel lengths and feed systems (operating from Kalashnikov, original Galil or NATO magazines) with slightly different performance specifications. Chamberings range from the widely-accepted 5.56x45mm NATO intermediate rifle cartridge to the 7.62x39mm and 7.62x51mm rifle cartridges depending on model in question.

The ACE has become the standard-issue service rifle of the armies of Colombia (with local production by Indumil), Chile (FAME) and Vietnam (Z111 Factory). Peru is also working up local production of the gun family. The weapon is known locally in Ukraine as the "Fort 227" and joins the "Fort-228" and "Fort-229" models produced by RPC Fort. Beyond its obvious military value, some global police forces have also adopted the type - as is the case in Haiti, Mexico, Philippines and Guatemala.

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Physical
The physical qualities of the IWI Galil ACE. Information presented is strictly for general reference and should not be misconstrued as useful for hardware restoration or operation.
Gas-Operated, Rotating Bolt
Action
5.56x45mm NATO; 7.62x39mm; 7.62x51mm NATO
Caliber(s)
20-, 25-, 30- or 35-round detachable box magazine.
Feed
Iron Front and Rear; Optional Optics
Sights
Performance
Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the IWI Galil ACE. Information presented is strictly for general reference and should not be misconstrued as useful for hardware restoration or operation.
1,650 ft
502.9 m | 550.0 yds
Max.Eff.Range
700
Rounds-Per-Minute
Rate-of-Fire
2,500 ft/sec
762 m/sec
Muzzle Velocity
Variants
Notable series variants as part of the IWI Galil ACE Assault Rifle / Assault Carbine / Battle Rifle family line.
ACE - Base Series Designation
ACE 21 - Chambered for 5.56x45mm NATO; Galil magazine; 2.95kg weight.
ACE 21N - Chambered for 5.56x45mm NATO; NATO magazine; 3.19kg weight.
ACE 22 - Chambered for 5.56x45mm NATO; Galil magazine; 3.25kg weight.
ACE 22N - Chambered for 5.56x45mm NATO; NATO magazine; 3.35kg weight.
ACE 23 - Chambered for 5.56x45mm NATO; Galil magazine; 3.4kg weight.
ACE 23N - Chambered for 5.56x45mm NATO; NATO magazine; 3.45kg weight.
ACE 31 - Chambered for 7.62x39mm; AK magazine; 3kg weight.
ACE 32 - Chambered for 7.62x39mm; AK magazine; 3.4kg weight.
ACE 52 - Chambered for 7.62x51mm NATO; 25-round magazine; 3.6kg weight.
ACE 52L - Chambered for 7.62x51mm NATO; 25-round magazine; 3.7kg weight.
ACE 53 - Chambered for 7.62x51mm NATO; 25-round magazine; 3.8kg weight.
Fort-227 - Ukraine local production model
Fort-228 - Ukraine local production model
Fort-229 - Ukraine local production model
Operators
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the IWI Galil ACE. Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national small arms listing.

Contractor(s): Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) (fmr Israeli Military Industries (IMI)) - Israel / Indumil - Colombia / RPC Fort - Ukraine / FAME - Chile / Z111 Factory - Vietnam
National flag of Chile National flag of Colombia National flag of Israel National flag of Mexico National flag of Peru National flag of the Philippines National flag of Sudan National flag of Vietnam

[ Colombia; Chile; Haiti; Mexico; Peru; Guatemala; El Salvador; Honduras; Israel; Philippines; South Sudan; Vietnam; Ukaine ]
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Image of the IWI Galil ACE
Image from official IWI marketing material.

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