The The GALIL SNIPER S.A. (Semi-Automatic) 7.62x51mm – or “Galatz” – was brought about an IDF need for an accurate, long range version of its Galil platform. With the success of the IWI Galil within the Israeli Army and those of other participating foreign nations, it was only natural to continue to evolve the family line. This resulted in developments beyond the basic assault rifle and included a shortened carbine form, a submachine gun-like micro-assault rifle form for special operations and the Designated Marksman Rifle variant of 1996. The 5.56x45mm NATO chambering of the original Galil was changed in favor of the larger and heavier 7.62x51mm NATO cartridge which offered better performance at longer ranges.
The Galil Sniper fires up to 1000 meters, targeting small, mobile or concealed objectives. Its Semi-Automatic attribute supports a multi-target acquisition. The basic Galil gas-operated, rotating bolt function was kept, as was the receiver housing the charging handle, ejection port, fire selector and all important internal components. The gas cylinder was fitted over the barrel in true Kalashnikov style while the two-strut folding stock allowed for a more compact weapon when transporting. The firing action (through a two-stage trigger) was, however, limited to semi-automatic fire which played well with the precision side of the weapon. The stock also held an adjustable cheekpiece and recoil pad for added comfort.
Key additions to the design were a heavy duty precision barrel, an adjustable folding bipod and a standard telescopic sight (Nimrod 6×40). The barrel was heavier than in the base Galil and capped by a dual-use muzzle brake/muzzle compensator attachment. The bipod was fitted just ahead of the magazine feed, within easy reach of the operator. The bipod folded forwards up against the forestock when not needed. The scope mounting was found along the left side of the receiver while the stock folding over the right side – though not impeding gun functionality in any way. Iron sights were retained as a backup measure to the standard scope.
The IWI Galil Sniper Semi-Automatic Sniper Rifle empowers snipers, typically active members of fighting units, with proficiency and accuracy in long distances. The Galil Sniper fires up to 1000 meters, targeting small, mobile or concealed objectives. Its Semi-Automatic attribute supports a multi-target acquisition. The sniper comes with an adjustable folding bipod fitted ahead of the magazine feed within easy reach of the operator. The Galil is a family of Israeli made automatic rifles designed by Yisrael Galil and Yaacov Lior in the late 1960s, and produced by Israel Military Industries (now called Israel Weapon Industries (IWI)). A modernized version of the Galil is currently in production in multiple calibers, called the Galil ACE.