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Assault rifle

ACE

The ACE is an updated version of the popular Galil assault rifle

 
 
ACE 23
Country of origin Israel
Entered service 2008
Caliber 5.56x45 mm
Weight (without magazine) 3.4 kg
Length 975 mm
Length (stock collapsed) 895 mm
Barrel length 406 mm
Muzzle velocity 915 m/s
Cyclic rate of fire 700 rpm
Practical rate of fire 40 - 120 rpm
Magazine capacity 35 rounds
Sighting range ?
Range of effective fire 500 m

 

   The ACE is a new-generation version of the Galil assault rifle. It was developed by the Israel Weapon Industries (IWI). Formerly it was marketed as Galil ACE, however currently it is known simply as the ACE. This weapon has some modifications and uses new materials in its construction. As a result this weapon is lighter and more accurate than the original Galil. The ACE is available in various versions. Soon after its introduction in 2008 this weapon began gaining orders. Currently it is in service with more than 10 countries. It is used by army and law enforcement forces. It is a standard-issue infantry weapon in Chile, Columbia and Vietnam. Also it has been selected as a standard issue weapon by Peru. The ACE is license-produced in Columbia, Peru, Ukraine and Vietnam.

   The ACE is made of new polymer materials. Lower receiver was redesigned. Essentially it employs the same action as Kalashnikov assault rifles, but with improved gas system, which reduces recoil. This weapon maintains ease of use and reliability in extreme and adverse conditions of the original Galil.

   This weapon is available chambered in three types of calibers, including 5.56x45 mm NATO, 7.62x51 mm NATO and 7.62x39 mm Russian ammunition.

   This assault rifle retains Galil-style safety and fire mode selector switches. Safety is located on one side of the receiver, while the fire mode selector is located on another. It has settings for "semi-auto" and "full-auto" firing.

   Versions chambered in 5.56x45 mm NATO are fed from 35-round magazines. Yet these are compatible with standard M16-type magazines. Versions chambered in Russian 7.62x39 mm ammunition accept all AK-47, AKM and other 7.62-mm Kalashnikov-type magazines. The 7.62x51 NATO versions are fed from 25-round magazines. These accept Galil and other standard NATO magazines.

   This assault rifle has got a new collapsible M4-style buttstock. It is adjustable for length. However it is also available with a side-folding buttstock. This version with a side-folding stock is used by Vietnamese armed forces.

   The ACE has got a Picatinny-type scope rail and new iron sights. It seems that early versions had two shorter scope rails, while most current versions have a single full-size scope rail. This assault rifle can mount various red dot sights, scopes or night vision sights.

   There are additional accessory rails, built into the foregrip. When not in use, these accessory rails are covered with covers. A carrying handle is proposed as an option. The ACE assault rifles can mount an M203, or other 40-mm underbarrel grenade launchers.

   The IWI ACE has been developed as a whole family of infantry weapons. Different variants of these weapons are listed below.

 

Variants

 

   ACE 21 compact assault rifle, chambered for a standard NATO 5.56x45 mm ammunition. Its range of effective fire is 300 meters.

   ACE 22 carbine, chambered for a standard NATO 5.56x45 mm ammunition.

   ACE 23 full-size assault rifle, chambered for a standard NATO 5.56x45 mm ammunition. Its range of effective fire is 500 meters.

   ACE 31 compact assault rifle, chambered for Russian 7.62x39 mm ammunition.

   ACE 32 is a full-size assault rifle, chambered for Russian 7.62x39 mm ammunition.

   ACE 52 is a full-size battle rifle chambered for 7.62x51 mm NATO ammunition. It is fed from 25-round magazines.

   ACE 52L is a battle rifle with a longer barrel and a full-size Picatinny-type scope rail. It is mainly intended to be used in conjunction with various optics as a designated marksman rifle. It is chambered for 7.62x51 mm NATO ammunition. This weapons is fed from 25-round magazines.

   ACE 53 designated marksman rifle with even longer barrel. It is chambered for 7.62x51 mm NATO ammunition. It is fed from 25-round magazines.

   Fort 227 is a Ukrainian license-produced version of the ACE 22 carbine. It is chambered for 5.56x45 mm standard NATO ammunition.

   Fort 228 is another Ukrainian license-produced version of the ACE 31 compact assault rifle, chambered for Russian 7.62x39 mm ammunition.

   Fort 229 is Ukrainian license-produced version of the ACE 52 battle rifle. It is chambered for 7.62x51 mm NATO ammunition.

 

 
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