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Posted: 1/11/2006 9:36:20 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/11/2006 9:38:28 AM EDT by Darkest2000]
Does anyone know where I can find information for the number of Galils and variants imported by each importer (AA, Magnum Research, Springfield),

and a guide to different model numbers and variants (model 386, 372, 329...), and perhaps the design changes (i.e. separate bayonet lug to integrated bayonet lug)

Also, how come the majorit of 5.56s have 16" barrel instead of the standard 18" barrel?
Link Posted: 1/11/2006 10:09:39 AM EDT
This info is from Yog, it was posted at the old valmet weapons site

Magnum Research imported Galil rifles with a rather unique feature. MR models incorporated a "M-16" style flash suppressor, instead of the normal "Galil" type flash suppressor.

Magnum Research "M-16" style flash suppressors

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Another unique feature was that MR rifles did not have the tritium night sights installed. After approval by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Magnum Research contacted owners of these rifles and offered the tritium night sights.

The Galil night sights differ from Valmet sights in the number and location of tritium capsules used. Galil sights use two capsules on the rear sight, (one on the left and right side each), and a single capsule on the front sight. Valmet sights have one tritium capsule on the rear sight, (located under the sight window), and one capsule on the front sight.


Original Magnum research Sight Kit


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5.56mm Magnum Research Rifles

MR no model # (appears to be a Model 361 but is not marked) - 5.56mm AR, 18" bbl., bayonet lug on barrel, no bipod or bipod attachment point, M-16 style flash suppressor, has spring loaded firing pin, rifle is stamped Galil above scope mounting notch. Serial # in MR0051x range. (1 rifle reported)

MR 361 - 5.56mm AR, 18" bbl., 1-12" twist, bayonet lug on bbl., bipod lug milled off gas block, M-16 style flash suppressor. Early models had a "straight trigger" as found on Valmets. Serial # in MR00064xrange. (1 rifle reported)

MR 372 - 5.56mm ARM, 18" bbl., 1-12" twist, bayonet lug on bbl., bipod, M-16 style flash suppressor. Serial #s from MR0028xx to MR003xxx. (3 rifles reported)

7.62mm Magnum Research Rifles

MR 331 - 7.62mm AR, 20" bbl., 1-12" twist, bayonet lug on barrel, bipod attachment milled off gas block, M-16 style flash suppressor. Serial# in MR04xxx to MR046xx range. Caliber is marked &ldquo 7.62/.308&rdquo. (2 rifles reported)

MR 332 - 7.62mm ARM, 20" bbl., bayonet lug on bbl., M-16 style flash suppressor. (0 rifles reported)

MR 332 - 7.62mm AR, 16.5" bbl., no bayonet lug, no bipod or attachment, plastic handguard, M-16 style flash suppressor. Serial # in MR069xx range. Appears to have been a "Special Run" of rifles. (1 rifle reported)

It appears that all MR Serial #s are located behind the rear handguard (vertically) on the "left" side of the rifle.

There appears to be transitional variants of Model 331, 332, 361, and 372 rifles during the MR/AA change over period. The Model 331,332, & 361 rifles as imported by AA hold true for the descriptions listed under their MR brethren. The only difference is they contained milled out areas on the receiver where the MR importation marks and serial # prefixes have been removed and the AA data added.

Some Model 372 ARM rifles have been reported with more noticeable differences. They appear to be an AR/ARM combination. Their features are as follows: Model 372, 5.56mm, 18" bbl., 1-12" rifling twist, black plastic handguard, bayonet lug, bipod attachment point w/o bipod, Galil style flash suppressor, and no carrying handle. Additionally, they have a shallow "milled out area" on the left side of the receiver where the MR importation marks and serial # prefixes have been removed and the AA data added. It appears these rifles were originally MR rifles, but were "redone" to have AA markings. The Serial #s are in the AAL3xxx range and are located behind the rear handguard (vertically) on the "left" side of the rifle.

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Action Arms Galil Rifles

5.56mm Models
7.62 x 51mm Models

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5.56mm Action Arms Models


Galil AR Model Rifles

AA 361 - 5.56mm AR (transitional), 18&rdquo bbl., 1-12" twist, bayonet lug on barrel, no bipod, Galil style flash suppressor. Serial # in AAL000xxxto AAL011xx range and located vertically behind the rear handguard. These rifles are not marked Galil and have milled out areas on their receivers. (3 rifles reported)

AA 372 - 5.56mm ARM, 18" bbl., 1-12" twist, bayonet lug, bipod, M-16 style (early) flash suppressor or Galil style (later) flash suppressor. Serial # in AA03xxx to AAL207750x range. Early rifles had bayonet lugs on a ring pinned onto the bbl. and later rifles have them attached to the front end of the gas block. (6 rifles reported)

AA 386 - 5.56mm AR, 16" bbl., 1-12" twist, no bayonet lug, no bipod attachment point, Galil style flash suppressor. Serial # in AAL207765x to AAL209xxxx range. (4 rifles reported)

AA 392 - 5.56mm ARM, 16" bbl., 1-12" twist, no bayonet lug, Galil style flash suppressor. Serial #s in AAL207910x to AAL207947x range. (3 rifles reported)

AA 392S - 5.56mm "ARM Sporter", 16" bbl., 1-7" twist, wood handguard,carry handle, no bayonet lug, no bipod, but has bipod attachment pt., no night sights, threaded muzzle. (1 rifle reported)

AA 397S - 5.56mm "AR Sporter", 16" bbl., 1-7" twist, black plastic handguard, no carry handle, no bayonet lug, no bipod attachment pt., no night sights, threaded muzzle. Serial # in AAL210xxxx to AAL21005xx range. (3 rifles reported)

AA 710S - 5.56mm &ldquoARM Sporter&rdquo, 16" bbl., 1-7" twist, wood thumb-holestock, wood ARM hand guard, no carrying handle, no night sights, threaded muzzle, bipod attachment point. Serial # in AAL 210022x range. (1 rifle reported)

7.62 x 51mm Action Arms Models


Nice pic thanks to D Schaferhund. The box has a Tenth Year Anniversary sticker on it (cannot see it in pic).
This is one of the LAST IMI Galils imported into the USA. Import dates were 1979 to 1989.

AA 331 - 7.62mm AR (transitional), 20" bbl., 1-12" twist, bayonet lug on barrel, no bipod or bipod attachment point, Galil style flash suppressor. Serial # in AAL049xx range and located vertically behind the rear handguard. These rifles are not marked Galil and have milled out areas on their receivers. (3 rifles reported)

AA 323 - 7.62mm ARM, 18" bbl., 1-12" twist, no bayonet lug, bipod, Galil style flash suppressor, Serial # in AAL2089xxx to AAL2094xxx range. (4 rifles reported)

AA 329 - 7.62mm AR, 18" bbl., no bayonet lug, no bipod attachment, Galil style flash suppressor, Serial # in AAL209094x range. (1 rifle reported)

AA 332 - 7.62mm ARM, 20" bbl., 1-12" twist, bayonet lug on bbl., bipod,Galil style flash suppressor, Serial # in AAL2078xxx range. (2 riflesreported) There is one unique transitional rifle reported with the following characteristics: Serial # in MR076xx range and located vertically behind the rear handguard, not stamped Galil, but imported by Action Arms. Yes, it has the MR prefix. Box and paperworkare dated 1992. The receiver does have milled out areas.

AA 329S - 7.62mm "AR Sporter", 18" bbl., black plastic handguard, thumbhole stock, no bayonet lug, no bipod attachment point, no night sights, threaded muzzle. Serial # in AAL209xxxx range. (2 rifles reported)


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Springfield ArmoryGalil Rifles


5.56mm Models
7.62 x 51mm Models

GS 386 - 5.56mm AR. Serial # in GS2095xxx. No "S" after Model #. (Only 1 riflereported).

GS 710-S - 5.56mm "ARM Sporter", 16" barrel, 1-7" twist, wood thumb-hole stock, wood ARM hand guard, no carrying handle, no night sights. Serial # in GS2100xxx range. (1 rifle reported) There is also a GS 710 rifle reported without the S stamped after the model number and without the GS Serial # prefix. Serial # in 210020x.

7.62mm Springfield Armory Rifles

GS 329-S - 7.62mm "AR Sporter", 18" barrel, 1-12" twist, wood thumb-hole stock, black plastic hand guard, no night sights. Serial # in GS2099xxx range. (1 rifle reported)


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Miscellaneous Notes

Serial Numbers and Markings
Scope Mounts
Magazines
Important Notes

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Serial Numbers and Markings

It appears that all AA (except for transitional models) & all GSSerial #s are located above the scope mounting "notch". All Magnum Research rifles are Pre-89. Most appear to be Kalifornia legal,but there is at least one documented MR rifle which is stamped Galil. Some Action Arms rifles are Pre-89 and some are Post-89. All Springfield Armory rifles are Post-89. (CDNN was a known vendor.) Springfield imported less than 1000 Galil rifles between 7-25-91 and 7-31-92.

The difference between Pre & Post rifles is as follows: Post-89 rifles have the letter "S" stamped (sometimes crudely) AFTER the model number. On some rifles the letter "S" was added after the rifle was imported and on other rifles the "S" was added when the rifle was manufactured. This is not to be confused with "S. Auto Galil" stamped onto the receiver. Post '89 rifles have thumbhole stocks, no bayonet lugs, no bipods, no night sights, and no flash suppressors.

Some Galil rifles (appear to be only Magnum Research imports) do nothave the word "Galil" stamped onto the receiver and these rifles are called "Kalifornia Legal" and bring a premium price. Early MR imported rifles did not come with Tritium night sights or spring loaded firing pins. Owners could send in their bolts for firing pin spring refit and request their night sights. It is believed that the U.S. Government was in the process of approving tritium for importation at that time.

Serial #s appear to start low in MR rifles and reach almost 7000. The reported low MR # is 005xx and the reported high MR # is 69xx. There have been no rifles reported in the MR5xxx range. Serial #s appear to be in prefixes: 2077xxx, 208xxxx, 209xxxx & 210xxxxfor AA rifles. Serial #s appear to be in prefixes: 2099xxx& 2100xxx for GS rifles.

The first 100 MR imported Galils arrived with commemorative paperwork signifying their special status to their owners. There is a 10 Yr.Anniversary commemorative sticker attached to the box of "appropriate"AA import rifles. Plastic handguards are now available for ARM stylerifles.

Link Posted: 1/11/2006 12:53:53 PM EDT
Does anyone know how to get in touch with Yog? I'd like to offer to continue to host the Galil info for the public, complete with the photos it used to have.

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