Caliber5.56x45 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 SAR (Short Automatic Rifle) is a carbine variant with a shortened barrel (15.7 inches), piston, gas tube, and gas block; and was issued to vehicle crews, army staff, and other special forces. The bottle opener found on the larger Galil ARM is noticeably absent on the SAR.
Police and military forces in 25 countries use the Galil family of firearms.
“The SAR’s lack of an integrated bottle opener is offset by the development of the twist off bottle cap, also designed in the 1960s, an amazing decade, which featured other less noteworthy achievements, such as mankind landing on the moon.” – HeliBacon