If you want to mess some stuff up and need a small package to do it, the Galil ACE GAP39SB fits the bill. This thing is freaking awesome. At this point with only around 300 rounds through it, it was fast targeting, 100% reliable, quick handling, and impressively accurate for an AK-47-style pistol with a tiny 8.3-inch barrel. Loud? Oh yes, but not nearly as bad as the Century Arms AK pistols. Notably the recoil was much more controllable than the AK pistols I have shot. I love this pistol and format. Immediately I started thinking of my friends at S.W.H.A.T – Special Weapons Hogs and Tactics, because this would be a great option for the backup guy responsible for managing charging boars.
A simple and inexpensive Bushnell TRS-25 adorned the integrated picatinny rail on the bolt cover. Generally, this never works, however IWI managed to engineer the top cover in a way that it is rigid and still hold zeroes shot after shot. I had no issues painting a 1-inch ragged hole at 25-yards with the little pistol off sand bags or hammering the 300-yard 12-inch gong shot after shot.
Beyond less recoil and improved accuracy over typical AK variants, other refinements include:
- Adjustable tritium sights with a 0-300 and 300-600-yard AR-style aperture flip sights
- Integrated picatinny handguard rails and covers
- Integrated light switch hole on the covers
- Ambi-safety selector
- Standard muzzle RH threads with a lock nut
The Galil GAP39SP is lighter, softer recoiling, more accurate, and much more ergonomic than many of the AK pistols I own and have tested in the past. It should be at twice the price with an $1850 MSRP.
For those not familiar with the original Galil line, it came to fruition in the 1960s and IWI tuned and tweaked it over the years. The original design was an adaptation of the AK platform. In this case, IWI’s Galil ACE GAP39 pistol outfitted it with a new-style Sig Brace with folding adapter and now dons the GAP30SB model name. The ACE GAP39 pistols are all fed using AK-compatible magazines and IWI includes a Magpul AK PMag with the pistol.
Drawing inspiration from the legendary Russian AK-47 and the Finnish Valmet RK 62, the IWI Galil ACE continuously improved over the last 40+ years, resulting in today’s extremely reliable and highly accurate Galil ACE. Improvements made since the original Galil first arrived on the market include:
- Charging handle (reciprocating) moved to the left side of the milled steel receiver allowing for weak hand operation
- Weight reduction with the use of modern polymers
- AKM/AK-47 magazine compatibility
- Full length 2-piece Picatinny top rail
- Picatinny tri-rail forearm with built in, slide on/ off rail covers with pressure switch access
- Fully adjustable iron sights with Tritium front post
Caliber | 7.62x39mm
Action | Semi-auto
Operating System | Closed rotating bolt, Long stroke gas piston
Magazine Type | MAGPUL MOE AK/AKM PMAG
Magazine Capacity | 30 Round
Barrel Material | Chrome lined, Cold hammer forged, CrMoV
Barrel Length | 8.3″
Overall Length | 26.75″
Weight | 6 lbs w/out Magazine
Rifling | 1:9.45 inch twist, Right hand
Sights | Adjustable with Tritium front post and 2-dot Tritium rear aperture
Have you shot the Galil Ace? Would you own a Galil Ace? Why or why not? Share your experience with this pistol or similar AK-style pistols in the comment section.