7.62x51 mm NATO
1 115 mm
Length (with folded stock)
12, 20, or 25 rounds
Range of effective fire
into the IDF in 1983, the IMI Galatz is an Israeli tactical rifle
derived from the
Galil AR assault rifle. The name is a contraction
of "Galil Tzalafim", meaning "Galil Sniper" (another common name for
this weapon). As with weapons such as the M21 and
the Galatz is not a sniper rifle in the purest sense, but rather a
designated marksman rifle. It is designed to be issued to a
designated marksman in a rifle squad, in order to extend the overall
range, firepower, and accuracy of that formation, as opposed to
traditional sniping missions.
The Galatz is a self-loading rifle employing the same action
as the Galil AR; gas operation with a rotating bolt. However, it is
not a selective fire weapon, and is only capable of semi-automatic
fire. The magazine well accepts the same 12 or 25 round detachable
box magazines designed for the Galil AR.
Though the IDF only adopted Galil variants chambered in
5.56x45mm NATO, the Galatz was chambered in 7.62x51mm NATO.
Specialized match grade ammunition may be used to increase accuracy
or special missions, as machine gun grade ammunition is
comparatively very poor in quality.
The Galatz replaces the Galil AR's barrel with a heavy
"match" design for increased accuracy and stability. The muzzle is
threaded and fitted with a silencer, but a combined flash hider and
muzzle brake is usually fitted instead. Though more accurate than
the Galil AR at 1.5 MOA with match grade ammunition, it is
appreciably lower than the M21 (at 1 MOA). Lackluster accuracy was
considered an acceptable compromise, in light of the ruggedness and
reliability of this weapon.
The scope mount is mounted to the side of the receiver rather
than the top, with the scope rings positioned above and to the left
of the receiver. This allows the iron sights to be used without
removing the scope, which is impossible on many weapons in this
class. Another reason is that the high front post of the iron sights
would interfere with a telescope overhanging the receiver. The rings
are designed especially for the Nimrod 6x40 telescopic sight, which
has a 6x magnification.
The original skeleton buttstock from the Galil AR is replaced
by a wooden folding buttstock, with an adjustable pull and
cheekpiece. The new stock folds only for the purpose of making the
weapon more compact, as it blocks the trigger group when folded. The
original shape of the pistol grip is retained, though the Galatz its
made of plastic, with a rubber coating. The wooden foregrip is a new
and simpler, more rectangular design. A Harris bipod with an
adjustable height is fitted, and though not the same model of bipod
used on the Galil, it nonetheless retains the famous wire cutters
and bottle opener of the original bipod. Unlike the ubiquitous SVD,
the Galatz lacks a bayonet lug.
The carrying case for the Galatz holds the weapon on its
right side, and has compartments for two 25-round magazines, a
cleaning kit, and a container for anti-glare polish for the scope
The only known military users of the Galatz are Indonesia and
Israel, and it is likely used by Israeli law enforcement
organizations as well.
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