Speaking of the Galil… the GAL Assault Rifle

Top to bottom: GAL assault rifle in 7.62x51, GAL in 5.56x45, Balashnikov (Galil prototype), Galil ARM
Top to bottom: GAL assault rifle in 7.62×51, GAL in 5.56×45, Balashnikov (Galil prototype), Galil ARM

Hot on the heels of my “Why the Galil Failed” post, The Firearm Blog has linked to a pair of videos showing the GAL assault rifle in some detail. I am blown away at the excellent condition of the GAL being shown at what appears to be Silver Shadow, and it’s really reinforcing my desire to take a research trip out there sometime soon. If you’re interested in more information on the GAL, the book “The World’s Assault Rifles” has a section on it.

It’s tempting to think that the GAL would have succeeded where the Galil failed, but I believe that would be a mistake. The GAL weighed about as much as the Galil, and shared its inadequacy in the areas of being an LMG/SAW and a DMR. There’s also no reason to think that the IDF would have adopted it in a lighter configuration.

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