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Galil ARM: Light Machine Gun



Country of origin Israel
Entered service 1972 (?)
Caliber 5.56 x 45 mm NATO
Weight 4.35 kg
Length 979 mm
Length (with folded stock) 742 mm
Barrel length 460 mm
Muzzle velocity 950 m/s
Cyclic rate of fire 650 rpm
Practical rate of fire 40 - 120 rpm
Magazine capacity 50 rounds
Sighting range 500 m
Range of effective fire 500 m

  The Galil ARM is a light machine gun version of the baseline Galil AR assault rifle. It has a bipod and carrying handle. Also it uses larger magazines. Otherwise it is similar to the baseline Galil. The ARM light machine gun was adopted by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) in the 1970s. It was a standard issue squad automatic weapon until the early 1990s. The Galil ARM light machine gun has been exported alongside the Galil AR assault rifle. It is still used in some countries, including Chile, Estonia and Portugal.

  The Galil ARM is a gas operated, selective fire weapon. It employs the same action as Kalashnikov assault rifle, but uses a modified gas system of the Finnish M62, which reduces the recoil. Version adopted by the IDF was chambered for a standard NATO 5.56x45 mm ammunition. There is also a version chambered for a standard NATO 7.62x51 mm ammunition.

  Fire mode selector has 3 positions for "safe", "semi-auto" and "full-auto". A charging handle is located on the right side, but it is bent upwards, so the weapon can be charged with either hand.

  The 5.56 mm version of Galil ARM is fed from 50-round curved box magazines, but can also use 35-round magazines of the Galil AR assault rifle. It seems that there was also a 75-round drum magazine. The 7.62 mm version uses 25-round straight box magazines.

  This light machine gun is fitted with a side-folding aluminum stock.

  This weapon is fitted with a bipod. When not in use the bipod folds into the foregrip. It can be used to cut barbed wire.

  The weapon has diopter-type sights. Sighting range is 500 meters. This weapon can also mount scopes or night vision sights.

  The Galil ARM can mount a bayonet. This weapon is capable of launching riffle grenades. For this role a special 12-round magazine with blank cartridges is used.


  Bernardelli VB-STR is an Italian clone of the Galil AR and ARM.

  Vektor R4 is a South African license-produced version of the Galil ARM. Its stock and magazines are made of polymer materials. Also the stock is longer in order to suit an average South African solider.
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