The Galil ACE assault rifle
|Place of origin||Israel|
|Used by||See Users|
|Wars||Colombian armed conflict
Mexican drug war
|Designer||Israel Military Industries|
Israel Weapons Industries
|Variants||ACE 21, ACE 22, ACE 23, ACE N (5.56mm)
ACE 31, ACE 32 (7.62×39mm)
ACE 51, ACE 52 (7.62×51mm)
|Weight||2.80 kg (6.2 lb) (ACE 21)
3.30 kg (7.3 lb) (ACE 22)
3.44 kg (7.6 lb) (ACE 23)
|Length||730 mm (29 in) / 650 mm (26 in) collapsed (ACE 21)
847 mm (33.3 in) / 767 mm (30.2 in) collapsed (ACE 22)
975 mm (38.4 in) / 895 mm (35.2 in) collapsed (ACE 23)
|Barrel length||215 mm (8.5 in) (ACE 21)
332 mm (13.1 in) (ACE 22)
460 mm (18 in) (ACE 23)
|Cartridge||5.56×45mm NATO (ACE 21, 22, 23)
7.62×51mm NATO (ACE 52, 53)
7.62×39mm (ACE 31, 32)
|Action||Gas-operated, rotating bolt|
|Rate of fire||700 rounds/min|
|Muzzle velocity||710 m/s (2,300 ft/s) (ACE 21)
850 m/s (2,800 ft/s) (ACE 22)
915 m/s (3,000 ft/s) (ACE 23)
|Effective firing range||300 to 500 m|
|Feed system||25/30-round detachable box magazine|
The Galil ACE or IWI ACE is an Israeli assault rifle developed and manufactured by IWI and also produced under license by Indumil, RPC Fort and FAME S.A.C. It is produced in three calibres: 5.56×45mm NATO, 7.62×39mm, and 7.62×51mm NATO.
The ACE family assault rifles are based upon the mechanism of the IMI Galil, but using a modernized design and materials to increase its accuracy and lower its weight, while maintaining the Galil's ergonomics, ease of maintenance and reliability under battle conditions. Emphasis was placed in particular in increasing its reliability under adverse and extreme conditions.
It is the main assault rifle of the Colombian army and the Colombian police, for whom it is manufactured locally under license by Indumil. In addition, it has been selected as the future standard assault rifle of the Chilean Army and the Vietnamese army.
The original IMI Galil had weighed up to 4.35 kg (9.6 lb) depending on its variant, and this weight was criticised by the Israel Defense Forces. The heavy weight was a result of IMI having built the Galil rifle from a machined all-solid steel billet action in order to increase the structural integrity and survivability of the weapon.
The Galil Ace has a significantly reduced weight. IWI redesigned the action to integrate the steel with polymer, which is much lighter than the fully steel receiver of the original Galil. While the upper receiver is machined steel, polymer has been introduced to the lower receiver of the weapon to reduce the gun's weight.
Last round bolt catch
Another addition by IWI to the original Galil is the last round bolt catch, for the versions of the ACE in 5.56mm. The bolt hold-open feature is a common request of military customers, to reduce reloading times during combat.
Long-stroke piston system
The rifle uses the Galil's long-stroke piston system. The long-stroke system is found in the M1 Garand, AK 47 (upon which the Galil's internal mechanism design borrowed heavily) and more recently in the Tavor.
The gas tube, unlike the AK 47 system, is mounted on the rifle via a dovetail slide machined on the receiver upper-front block. This avoids any movement of the gas block that can influence barrel vibration and thus degrade rifle accuracy.
IWI have sealed the internal mechanism of the gun, by the addition of a sliding vertical cover. As a result, the internal mechanism of the Galil is sealed and protected from the accumulation of dirt or sand.
The IWI Ace adopts the Galil Sniper trigger instead of the original Galil trigger, in order to improve accuracy compared to the standard Galil. This is a two-stage trigger, which IWI have modeled on the two-stage trigger of the M1 Garand.
The barrel is chrome-lined, cold hammer-forged, with a 1:7" twist.
According to American Rifleman: "Although this rifle is clearly based on the AK design, it demonstrated a superior level of accuracy potential compared to several of its cousins. The best single group [at 100 yards] of 0.83” and five-group average of 0.98” was produced using the Federal Premium 123-gr. Power-Shok soft-point load”.
|Model||Caliber||Barrel length||Length (extended)||Length (retracted)||Weight (unloaded)||Feed system||Muzzle velocity||Range||Rate of fire|
|ACE 21||5.56×45mm NATO||215 mm (8.5 in)||730 mm (29 in)||650 mm (26 in)||2.80 kg (6.2 lb)||35-round Galil magazine||710 m/s (2,300 ft/s)||300 meters||700 rpm|
|ACE 22||5.56×45mm NATO||332 mm (13.1 in)||847 mm (33.3 in)||767 mm (30.2 in)||3.30 kg (7.3 lb)||35-round Galil magazine||850 m/s (2,800 ft/s)||_||700 rpm|
|ACE 23||5.56×45mm NATO||460 mm (18 in)||975 mm (38.4 in)||895 mm (35.2 in)||3.44 kg (7.6 lb)||35-round Galil magazine||915 m/s (3,000 ft/s)||500 meters||700 rpm|
|ACE 31||7.62×39mm||215 mm (8.5 in)||650 mm (26 in)||650 mm (26 in)||3.05 kg (6.7 lb)||30-round Kalashnikov magazine||600 m/s (2,000 ft/s)||_||650 rpm|
|ACE 32||7.62×39mm||406 mm (16.0 in)||815 mm (32.1 in)||815 mm (32.1 in)||3.40 kg (7.5 lb)||30-round Kalashnikov magazine||680 m/s (2,200 ft/s)||_||650 rpm|
|ACE 52||7.62×51mm NATO||406 mm (16.0 in)||935 mm (36.8 in)||855 mm (33.7 in)||3.685 kg (8.12 lb)||25-round magazine||800 m/s (2,600 ft/s)||_||650 rpm|
|ACE 52 L||7.62×51mm NATO||457 mm (18.0 in)||992 mm (39.1 in)||912 mm (35.9 in)||3.71 kg (8.2 lb)||25-round magazine||830 m/s (2,700 ft/s)||_||650 rpm|
|ACE 53||7.62×51mm NATO||508 mm (20.0 in)||1,043 mm (41.1 in)||963 mm (37.9 in)||3.845 kg (8.48 lb)||25-round magazine||860 m/s (2,800 ft/s)||_||650 rpm|
- Colombia - It serves as the standard issued assault rifle of the National Army of Colombia and the National Police of Colombia. Manufactured in Colombia by Indumil.
- Chile - Selected as the Chilean Army's new 5.56 mm standard-issue rifle. In 2014, the Galil ACE began to be deployed in the Chilean Army.
- Haiti: Used by certain Haitian police officers.
- Mexico: Used by certain personnel of the Mexican Federal Police 
- Peru: The Peruvian government has plans to license the Galil ACE, establishing a factory to produce up to 2000 rifles per month.
- Guatemala: 3,000 Model 31 versions used by Guatemala National Civil Police.
- El Salvador
- Honduras - Model 21 used by the army and air force.
- South Sudan: Used by the South Sudanese Armed Forces 
- Vietnam - ACE 31 and 32 have been selected as the standard-issue assault rifles in the Vietnamese Army, to gradually replace their current AK-47-derived weapons. IWI has established a $100 million factory in Vietnam, to produce an unspecified number of Galil ACE assault rifles for the People's Army of Vietnam.
- Ukraine - since August 2014 (under designation "Fort-227", "Fort-228", and "Fort-229")
- Штурмовая винтовка «Форт-227» / официальный сайт НПО "Форт"
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- IWI Galil ACE Semi-Automatic Rifle by B. Gil Horman - Monday, January 19, 2015
- Galil ACE 31, 32
- Galil ACE 52,53
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- FIDAE: Chilean Army Selects Galil ACE as New Standard Rifle - Defensenews.com, 26 March 2014
- The Chilean Army begins to deploy the new Galil ACE WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 24, 2014
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- Штурмовая винтовка «Форт-228» / официальный сайт НПО "Форт"
- Штурмовая винтовка «Форт-229» / официальный сайт НПО "Форт"