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Galil 7.62x51 model differences
Posted: Thu Jun 14, 2012 10:56 am
I am hoping the Galil collectors on this forum will take a moment to comment on the external and internal differences between these pre-ban Galil models in 7.62x51:
Also information on the comparative rarity/value of these models would be appreciated. Thanks.
Posted: Sat Jun 16, 2012 2:23 pm
Galil 329 is the 7.62x51 AR version with an 18" barrel, no bipod and synthetic handguard.
Galil 323 is the 7.62x51 ARM version of the 329 with an 18" barrel, bipod, wooden handguard with carry handle.
Galil 331 is the 7.62x51 AR version with a 20" barrel, bayonet lug, no bipod and synthetic handguard.
Galil 332 is the 7.62x51 ARM version of the 331 with a 20" barrel, bayonet lug bipod, wooden handguard with carry handle.
Internally there are really no differences between them. The 331 and 332 were initailly imported by Magnum Research and seem to have higher collector value. Some of the 331 and 332 models were remarked by Action Arms with their info when they took over importing Galils from Magnum Research, these are generally referred to as "transitional Galils". The 323 and 329 were imported exclusively by Action Arms.
323 big S
Posted: Fri May 10, 2013 8:42 am
Is there also a 323 big S? Does anyone know the differences between the 323, the 323 big S, and if there was a 323 little s?? I just saw a photo of a 323 (no S or s) with a plastic handguard??
Posted: Sat May 11, 2013 10:38 am
The "S" indicates it was sold as a "Sporter" model by Action Arms. There were 323S, 392S and 329S models out there. possibly others also (710S, 332S, etc). The common theory is that the "big S" models were already in the country in customs when the 1989 "Bush assault weapons ban" executive order went into effect, and were hand stamped here in the US with a "big S" and sold with a thumbhole stock to comply with the new laws. The theory about the "small s" models is that there were stamped at the factory and were imported after the 1989 Bush EO and again were sold with thunbhole stocks as sporter models to comply. Except for the "S" marking and the thumbhole stock, the 323S, 392S and the 329S are the same as the earlier non "S" marked Galils. I have heard that the Galils sold as sporters also had no flash hider and had just a thread protector screwed on instead, but I personally have never seen one of these. It was a confusing time for imported "assault" rifles.
Posted: Sat May 11, 2013 6:31 pm
Still confusing times. I saw a photo of a 323 which I thought should have wood hand guards but it had black plastic, maybe someone swapped them??
Posted: Sun May 12, 2013 7:38 am
Handguards can be swapped in a couple of minutes or less. Except for caliber (.223 vs .308) and markings, the receivers are the same. Really the only difference between the AR & ARM (and SAR for that matter) is the barrel and gas block differences.