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IWI Galil MAR (Micro Assault Rifle / Micro-Galil)

Compact Assault Rifle / Carbine [ 1995 ]

The Israeli Galil MAR is similar in scope and function to the Soviet AKS-74U shortened assault rifle and based on the full-size Galil rifle.

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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.©MilitaryFactory.com
The MAR features a cyclic rate-of-fire nearing 650 rounds per minute with a muzzle velocity of approximately 2,330 feet per second.©MilitaryFactory.com
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Compact Assault Rifle / Carbine

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Automatic Function
Features a mechanical function to automate the firing action.
Assault Rifle
Modern class of long gun featuring select-fire properties, automatic internal function, and magazine feeding.

Overall Length
690 mm
27.17 in
Barrel Length
195 mm
7.68 in
Empty Wgt
6.50 lb
2.95 kg

Adjustable Iron; Optional Optics


Gas-Operated; Rotating Bolt

Rotating Bolt
System utilizes internal mechanism to lock the breech or rear barrel assembly prior to firing.
Gas-operated system is featured, typically involving a gas cylinder and rear-driven piston directing energy to the bolt component.
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5.56x45mm NATO

Sample Visuals**

Graphical image of a 5.56mm intermediate rifle cartridge
Rounds / Feed

35-round detachable box magazine
Cartridge relative size chart
*May not represent an exhuastive list; calibers are model-specific dependent, always consult official manufacturer sources.
**Graphics not to actual size; not all cartridges may be represented visually; graphics intended for general reference only.
Muzzle Velocity
2,329 ft/sec
(710 m/sec)

Galil MAR - Base Series Designation based on the original, full-size IMI Galil automatic weapon.

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Right side view of the Israeli IMI Galil MAR Micro-Assault Rifle


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