Galil ARM 762
Caliber7.62x51 NATOCyclic Rate650
The Galil is a line of Israeli-made automatic rifles designed by Yisrael Galil and Yaacov Lior in the late 1960s, and produced by Israel Military Industries (IMI). During the Six Day War of 1967, Israelis captured many AK-47s and considered this design more reliable and maneuverable than their FN FALs, which exhibited problems with the sandy and dusty conditions of the middle east. An FAL replacement was desired, with the reliability of the AK-47, but chambered in the lighter 5.56×45 NATO cartridge. Rising to the challenge, the Galil design features a gas-driven piston system similar to the Valmet RK 62, which itself was inspired by the AK-47.
The Galil ARM (Automatic Rifle Machine-gun) variant became the standard service rifle and is the largest of the Galil family. The ARM variant is equipped with a carry handle, wooden handguard and folding bipod, which also served as a wire cutter. ARMs were chambered in both 5.56mm NATO with an 18.1 inch barrel and 35 round magazine, and 7.62mm NATO with a 21.1 inch barrel and 25 round magazine. Famously, the ARM variant incorporates a bottle opener in the front handguard, to solve the issue of troops using magazine feed lips to open bottles, which damaged the magazines.
Police and military forces in 25 countries use the Galil series of firearms.
“A rifle with a bottle opener! You can tell which designs originate from practical experience.” -HeliBacon