Touching base with the classic IMI Galil rifle (VIDEO)

Tim Harmsen with the Military Arms Channel brings the beard out to play with one of the most desired vintage 5.56mm rifles around– the Israeli Galil.

Designed by Yisrael Galil (hence the name) and Yaacov Lior in the late 1960s after the IDF picked up a few thousand recently dropped Egyptian and Syrian Kalashnikovs and soldiers found them to work better than their FN FALs in sandy conditions, the gun borrows a good deal from the Finnish Rk 62 Valmet, which of course is a take off on the AK with a few tweaks.

Israel used them as standard issue rifle until it was phased out by the M4 and later the Tavor, as did South Africa as the R4 made by Denel.

MAC’s review version, of course, is a civilian-legal semi-auto variant that was one of the hottest imports in the Miami Vice-era.