With the success of IMI Galil in the Israeli military and other foreign militaries involved, it was natural to further develop the family tree. This led to the development of more than simple assault rifles, including a shortened carbine shape, a submachine gun-like miniature assault rifle shape for special operations, and a designated marksman rifle variant in 1996.
Back in 1983, the Galil was also expanded into a dedicated sniper platform based on the form and function of the Galil, which in turn was based on the Soviet AK-47 of the Finnish Valmet M62 series.
Galil Sniper - or "Galatz" - was developed in response to the IDF's need for an accurate, remote version of its Galil platform. The original Galil's 5.56x45mm NATO cartridge was changed to a larger and heavier 7.62x51mm NATO cartridge, which provided better performance at longer ranges. The basic pneumatic twist bolt functionality of the Galil was retained, as was the receiver, which houses the charging handle, ejection port, fire selector and all major internal components.
The cylinders are mounted on the barrel in true Kalashnikov style, while the double-barreled folding stock allows for a more compact weapon in transport. However, the firing action (via the two-stage trigger) is limited to semi-automatic fire, which works well with the precision aspect of the weapon. The stock also includes an adjustable cheek plate and stock for added comfort. The main additions to the design are the heavy precision barrel, adjustable collapsible bipod and standard telescopic sight (Nimrod 6x40). The barrel is heavier than the Galil base and is fitted with a dual-purpose muzzle brake/compensator.
The bipod is mounted in front of the magazine feed and is easily accessible by the operator. When not in use, the bipod folds forward against the front.
The scope is mounted on the left side of the receiver, while the stock is flipped on the right - although this in no way affects the functionality of the weapon. Iron sights were retained as a backup measure for standard sights.
Galatz has been modernized in the SR-99 model, adding a lighter adjustable skeleton stock and synthetic pistol grip and handguard.
- remote precision
1,115 mm (43.90 in)
508 mm (20.00 in)
Adjustable iron; optional optics
Gas powered; rotating bolt
2,674 feet per second (815 meters per second)
Galil Sniper "Galatz" - name of the base series; based on Galil ARM and used for 7.62x51mm NATO; semi-automatic fire only; two-stage adjustable trigger; folding stock made of wood.
SR-99 - Modernized variant of the original Galatz rifle; plastic pistol grip and handguard; skeletal stock.