Since 2005, the Galil is an assault rifle first manufactured by Israel Military industries in the 1970’s. The Galil is now manufactured by Israeli Weapons Industry (IWI) – a privately owned Israeli light weapons manufacturer.
Historically the Galil was used in the Salvadoran Civil War, the Lebanon War, the Apartheid government, First Congo War, the Congo Civil War, the War in Afghanistan and Iraq War, the Guatemalan Civil War, the Central African Republic Civil War and many more.
It is still sold and used across the world. In the past few years, it was sold for Duterte’s “war on drugs” in the Philippines, used by Haitian police against protestors, and by South Sudan forces during ethnic cleansing.
Variations: Galil AR, Micro-Galil, Galil SAR, Galil ARM, Sniper Version, Galil ACE.
Use by Israeli Forces
The Galil was used by the Israeli regular military from 1974 to 1993, and by reserved services for years after. The assault rifle was used by Israel in the 1882 was with Lebanon, and throughout the suppression of the First Intifada against Palestinians. It is also the rifle used by Baruch Goldstein, an Israeli reserved service medical doctor who in 1994, off duty, murdered 29 Palestinians in the Ibrahimi Mosque massacre in Hebron.