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IWI Galil Sniper `Galatz`

Galatz, shown here with the bipod extended

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Galatz (Galil Sniper Rifle)

Galil sniper rifle (also known in IDF as GALATZ) is, basically, an improved Galil assault rifle, redesigned to fire 7.62mm NATO (.308win) cartridge. The changes made to original rifle made were:
- two stage trigger with semi-auto only mode of fire
- heavy target-style barrel with flash-hider and threads to accept optional silencer
- folding wooden buttstock, ajustable for lenght, with ajustable cheekpad
- fixed power 6X telescopic sights (quick-detachable mount is fixed on the left side of the receiver). Iron sights are kept in place for backup purposes.

GALATZ is manufactured in Israel by IMI (Now IWI), and is widely used by Israeli Defence Forces.
Tactically, GALATZ is much closer to "tactical support rifles" such as famous Russian SVD or German G3-SG1, rather than to true "sniper" rifles such as US M24/M40`s, or Mauser 66 and 86`s, also used by IDF (Israeli Defence Forces).

Semi Automatic Rifle (Sniper)

Former IMI, Now IWI: Israel Weapon Industries, P.O Box 63 Ramat Hashron 47100 Israel, Phone: 972-3-7606000 Fax: 972-3-7606001 E-mail:

gas operated, rotating bolt

7.62mm NATO (.308Win)

8 kg (17.63 Lbs) with scope, sling and bipod

(stock closed/open): 845/1112 mm (33.26/43.77 in)

508 mm (20 in)

4 grooves, rh 1:305 mm (1:12 in)

Magazine Capacity:
12 or 25 rounds

Feed system:
detachable box magazines

Nimrod 6x40mm plus iron sights

Muzzle Velocity:
800 m/s (2624 fps)


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