The Mysterious Jericho-B

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One of the least-known modern pistols made by IWI is the Jericho-B, announced in 2010, discontinued in 2012. The Jericho-B appears to be an updated version of the IMI Barak pistol, the main difference being an updated slide design, removing the Barak’s characteristic (and unflattering) “rear sight hump” and making the slide more rectangular rather than cylindrical.

Want to know more? After the break!

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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.

Why the Galil failed

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The Galil is generally considered to be one of the best AK variants ever created, standing right up there with the Finnish Rk95. It was adopted by a number of Central/South American militaries, and South Africa. It even came rather close to becoming Sweden’s service rifle instead of the FNC. Yet, with regards to Israeli military service, it’s the equivalent of the US experience with the M14: phased in, and then phased out in rapid succession.

What happened? I’ve been shooting the Galil for a couple years now, and I have some thoughts on the subject…

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Upcoming Content

I know it’s been a little sparse around here lately, but I’ve got plenty of content in the pipeline:

  • Review of the IMI Barak
  • Review of the IWI Jericho-B
  • Review of the BUL Storm
  • Thoughts on the Israeli 98k Mauser
  • Thoughts on the Galil
  • The versatility of the Uzi magazine
  • More accessory reviews
  • Interviews with Israeli firearms and accessory manufacturers

I’ve bought the handguns, but they haven’t been transferred to me yet due to hassles with the MD handgun roster. This is kind of a shame, given how little US coverage that the Barak has gotten.