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Gallant Rifle by James River Armory - 5.56 NATO Caliber - Semi-Auto With Side Fold Stocks, Assembled from Original Israeli Galil Parts Sets - These rifles feature Brand New U.S. Made Billet Steel Receivers and New U.S. made barrels. Each rifle ships in a nice heavily padded rifle case for maximum protection, value, and convenience. The carry cases may vary in type from order to order based on availability, but they will always work great for carrying and storing the rifle as well as adding tremendous value to the purchase. Ships with 1- 30 round Tapco magazine. This model also comes with the original polymer forend and a deluxe pistol grip by Phoenix Technology and the bayonet lug. We carry 2 variations of this rifle, one with a bayonet lug and one without. This SKU does have the bayonet lug. All rifles feature a new Gen II billet cut and heat-treated receiver from James River Armory with original Israeli markings and a beautiful Shield Of David logo.
Note - Rifles ship with a U.S.-made Tapco magazine but original Israeli 35 round steel magazines fit and function flawlessly as well. This is nice since original mags are plentiful and inexpensive. In fact, you can find them on our site HERE!
Note - All Gallant rifles are manufactured with an original Galil style optic mounting port. New, U.S.-made optic mounts can be seen and purchased HERE!
Important Note - Our parts kits came to us from Israel in several different configurations. Some with wood furniture, some with polymer furniture, some with bayonet lugs, some without.... etc... Choosing your Gallant rifle under this particular item number will get you our black polymer handguard Gallant rifle with the bayonet lug. All items will ship in a case for maximum protection. * We originally sold this model as a shooters package with the bi-pod and bayonet included. None of our original kits came with bi-pods but early on we were able to find some bi-pods and bayonets at a pretty good price which allowed us to offer rifles with bayonets and bi-pods for some time as a package deal. We have since run out of the original lot of bi-pods and bayonets that we had purchased and as such, we can no longer include them with the gun. However, we were able to purchase some bi-pods and bayonets separately ( albeit at a much higher price ) that will fit the rifles and we do have them for sale on the site HERE and HERE. Rather than include them and raise the price of the rifle, we have decided to keep the rifle price as low as possible and sell these accessories separately, while supplies last, allowing the buyer to decide whether or not they want to pay for the bayonet and bi-pod.See the extended description below for more complete details on the Gallant. Also, see the important notes below-concerning handguards and other original components of this amazing rifle.
What an amazing rifle and one of our proudest achievements to date. Classic Firearms has partnered on this rifle with our good friends at James River Armory to offer one of the most impressive and high-quality Galil platform rifles ever to hit the U.S. Market. These rifles started out as select-fire Galil rifles straight out of the Israeli arsenals. They were then carefully disassembled and rebuilt utilizing a new U.S.-made barrel and receiver and enough other U.S parts to make them 922r compliant. This rifle features the new Gen II U.S.-made billet steel receiver from James River Armory along with a brand new U.S.-made 1 in 9 twist rate barrel. Rifles are beautifully finished. for a nice cosmetic appearance and each rifle has been test-fired for performance. Careful attention to detail has been taken with both the internal dimensions and the external appearance of the receiver and the receiver markings pay homage to the Israeli battle rifle it represents with a beautiful logo celebrating its heritage. The receiver also features the original select-fire markings ( although it is semi-auto ), and the original scope mounting port has been meticulously replicated. Rifle is chambered in 5.56 Nato but has been test-fired extensively with various brands of .223 Remington as well as 5.56 Nato and has performed flawlessly with any .223 or 5.56 rounds that we have tried. James River Armory built these rifles and they have done a fantastic job of capturing the essence of the original Galil rifle in a semi-auto form, while also incorporating an improvement that we feel has resulted in a rifle that is even better. For all practical purposes, our Gallant rifle looks and performs like its original Galil predecessor however the Gallant features a unique upgrade over the original. The original Galil rifle utilizes a free-floating firing pin within the bolt body which is typically fine for military purposes when using hard primer ammunition but could create a problem with soft primer commercial ammo. The Gallant rifle has addressed that potential issue by modifying the bolt to house a spring-loaded firing pin. These have worked great in extensive test firing sessions and substantially reduce the risk of any unintended slam fire. All rifles feature the traditional Galil-style side-folding butt stocks and receiver-mounted safety levers. Rifles also feature a brand new 1 in 9 twist U.S. manufactured 18" barrel. This is the correct twist rate for this barrel weight and length and these rifles have shown tremendous accuracy while being able to handle a wide variety of bullet weights effectively. The Gallant barrel also incorporates the original muzzle brake/compensator to reduce recoil and upward muzzle climb. All rifles incorporate an ergonomically enhanced pistol grip by Phoenix Technologies which makes this rifle extremely comfortable to shoot. More about the Gallant Rifle - Just like the original Galil our Gallant rifles are chambered in 5.56 Nato ( 5.56 x 45 ). They feature the original all-steel side-folding buttstock that locks up tight in both the folded and the extended position. Rifles also feature the original long-stroke ( AK style ) piston-driven gas system which is full-auto rated and has proven to be one of the most reliable operating systems in the world. The receivers are made from very high-quality 4140 tool steel billet which is properly heat-treated, polished, and then meticulously blued to a really nice semi-gloss hue. These receivers are dimensionally identical to the original Galil receivers and even incorporate the slot for the Israeli side rail scope mount which has been milled into the forward left-hand side of the receiver. Each Gallant receiver also features a beautiful and unique Sword Through Star Of David emblem that pays homage to the great heritage that these fine rifles represent. The Gallant utilizes the original Galil safety lever on the right side of the receiver as well as the safety thumb selector switch that sits above the pistol grip on the left, and both safety selectors are functional. All Gallant rifles incorporate the original Galil sight system which consists of a post front sight and a select-able dual aperture rear peep sight. All rifles will accept the original Galil bipods but do not ship with the bipod. Also, depending on the kit that the rifle was built from the rifle may or may not feature a bayonet lug. We offer options both with and without the lug. If the rifle has the bayonet lug it will accept the U.S. M16 style M7 bayonet just like the original Galil. We could go on and on but in a nutshell, the Gallant rifle is the most faithful reproduction of a classic military rifle that we have ever seen and we are proud to be able to offer it into the market. Each Gallant rifle ships with one original Tapco brand 30 round Galil magazine. Rifles carry a one-year warranty for function from James River Armory. Note - With the exception of the stocks all of the metal components on the Gallant rifle are either new or refinished with a nice blued finish. However, the stocks and original furniture sets are as used and will show some carry wear and character on both the wood and the polymer models. If choosing the wood please know that unlike the polymer forend models, the wood forend furniture was more easily carved and whittled on by Israeli soldiers in the field so you can expect typical dings and digs and possibly even some occasional trench art in the forends of this model. In addition to this, since releasing the rifles for sale we have had a few questions regarding the fact that there is some amount of side-to-side play in the handguards. It is certainly not a function issue, and no one has claimed it as such, but folks want to know if this is normal. The answer is yes. Galil military rifles in their original state were prone to a certain amount of play in the lower forearm. This is due to the retaining method that both locks the forearm into place around the barrel ( a retaining lever ) and the fact that the forearm is held in place by retention springs that simply provide back pressure against the retainer. While the amount of side to side play varies from rifle to rifle most have very little movement and none have been to such an extent that it would negatively impact the function or accuracy of the rifle when firing. Still, please know that a certain amount of " play " in the forearm is normal in this rifle, and consider this when ordering. About the Original Galil Rifle - The Galil rifle represents a perfect combination of AK and AR platforms. Imagine an AK that has the advantage of being chambered in the western standard 5.56 NATO but with an accurized barrel and enhanced features. One of the significant military benefits of the Galil's lightweight 5.56 NATO round is that it could nearly double the number or rounds that a soldier could comfortably carry. The AK's long-stroke gas system is legendary for reliable operation in all environments, and the Galil inherited this same operating system. As would be expected, the Galil proved to be very tolerant of the sandy conditions of the Middle East. On top of this, the Galil features a side folding stock for mechanized soldiers, or anyone needing a compact rifle. Note 1 - Israeli military Galil rifles were made both with and without bayonet lugs. Depending on the year of manufacture on the original rifles, or the military division they were produced for, the parts kit from that rifle may or may not have had a mounting point for a bayonet. Therefore some of our Gallant rifles will have bayonet lugs and some will not. Also, while all models will accept the original bipods, we are offering models both with and without the attached bipod. Other than that, there are absolutely no other differences in the base rifle. Note 2 - About the Bipod - The bipods that we have available to purchase for these rifles were not a part of the original kits that the rifles were built from. In fact, the bipods were purchased separately as surplus. They are not technically considered a component of the rifle itself since they do not enable or inhibit the functioning of the rifle. However, we did source them to make available in order to make the rifles as complete as possible for those buyers desiring a bipod. Please know that, unlike the rifles, the bipods themselves are not refinished, and will be in original turn in surplus-worn condition. As such, conditions will vary on the bipods and some may be in much rougher condition than the rifles, but do expect wear on these. For that reason, while we do guarantee them for function, we do not guarantee for cosmetic conditions on the bipods. Note 3 - About The Finish On Folding Buttstocks. The buttstocks on these rifles are the original Galil stocks. They are manufactured with a combination of components including plastic, aluminum and steel. Because of this combination of materials, the stocks cannot be traditionally blued. The originals were all painted and most had a lot of the finish worn off when they came to us in kit form. In fact, you can tell by looking at the originals that they were spray-painted multiple times, most likely during a barracks cleaning, and of course, any harsh bore solvent will remove paint. As part of the build process, J.R.A. does an extensive cleaning and then paints the stocks back with a flat black paint which is designed for plastic but is also good on aluminum. They cannot bake on a finish or process with bluing salts as that would destroy the plastic. Plus it would not be true to the original. In purchasing these please know that the side folding stock does have a painted finish and handle it accordingly when cleaning. Note 4 - About The Sights. We get questions about the sights from time to time and even had one gentleman telling us that his rear sight was frozen in place and would not move. Well, that is inherent of the Galil's. The rear sights are stationary and all adjustments for both windage and elevation are done by adjusting the front sight pin. The front sight can be adjusted up and down for elevation or drifted side to side for windage. It is also important to note that while some of these rifles may or may not have had flip-up night sight inserts originally, it does not mean that they were on the rifle when it was de-milled into parts. These builds will have whatever parts came with the kit which may or may not include the original night sights. If it is any consolation any luminescent properties that may have been in the night sights have long since been expired anyway. Note 5 - Correct Caliber or Cartridge- Like the original Galil rifle, our Gallant rifles are chambered for the 5.56 Nato military round. Much like an AR-15 chambered in 5.56, your Gallant rifle may chamber and fire .223 Remington caliber ammo as well and the likelihood of having any issues with either caliber is minimum. In fact, we use a variety of 5.56 Nato as well as .223 Remington ammunition when test firing and have fired with both successfully and with no issues even when utilizing steel-cased ammunition. Still, the correct chambering for this rifle is 5.56 Nato and that is what we warranty the rifle to fire. If you are attempting to use.223 Remington, and experience any issues, we would encourage you to switch over to the appropriate 5.56 Nato cartridge. The same may apply to commercial ammunition. We have a great deal of confidence in this rifle as to its ability to function with commercial ammunition and have even modified the firing pin to a spring-loaded design to accommodate soft commercial primers safely. However, the rifle was designed to fire mil-spec 5.56 Nato ammunition, and that is our recommenced load for the rifle.
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