The Firearm Blog website reported that IWI USA recently introduced a limited edition Galil Ace with a 5.45x39mm configuration. The weapon that the company calls an "extremely limited edition" comes with either a 16″ or 8.3″ barrel. Only 545 units have been produced in both barrel lengths.
In a statement, the company said, "IWI is excited to introduce an extremely limited edition of Galil’s chambered in 5.45x39mm with barrel lengths of 8.3” and 16”. The modernized Galil ACE is based upon the reliable mechanism of the original Galil rifle first developed by IMI in the late 1960s. Drawing inspiration from the legendary Russian AK-47 and the Finnish Valmet RK 62, the IWI Galil ACE has been continuously improved over the last 40 years."
According the company, improvements made since the original Galil was first developed include: charging handle (reciprocating) moved to the left side of the milled steel receiver allowing for weak hand operation; AK-74 magazine compatibility; weight reduction with the use of modern polymers; full length 2-piece Picatinny style top rail; Picatinny style tri-rail forearm with built in, slide on/ off rail covers with pressure switch access; side-folding adjustable telescoping buttstock with two-position removable comb on all rifle models; and fully adjustable iron sights with Tritium front post.