Caliber(s): 7.62mm NATO (.308Win)
Operation: gas operated, rotating bolt, semi-auto
Barrel: 508 mm
Weight: 8 kg loaded (20 rounds), with scope, sling and bipod
Length: 1115 mm
Feed Mechanism: 20 rounds detachable box mag.
The Galil sniper rifle (also known to the Israeli Defence Force as GALATZ) is essentially an improved Galil assault rifle, redesigned to fire a 7.62mm NATO (.308win) cartridge. The new changes made to the original rifle were as follows:
– two stage trigger with semi-auto only mode of fire
– heavy ‘target shooter style’ barrel with flash-hider and threads to accept optional suppressor
– folding wooden buttstock, adjustable for length, with adjustable 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.
The Galil sniper rifle was manufactured by Israel Military Industries (now IMI Systems), and widely used by the IDF. Tactically, GALATZ is much more similar to a ‘tactical support rifle’ such as the famous Russian SVD or German G3-SG1, rather than to a true “sniper” rifle such as US M24/M40’s, or Mauser 66 and 86’s, also used by the IDF.