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History of the Galil Rifle

The Galil rifle got its start during the late 1960's.  It was the Six Day War in 1967 that made it clear that a more low-maintenance, versatile and rugged service rifle was needed than the IDF when experiences using the local FN FAL proved to be less than satisfactory.  There was a request made for a new service rifle that would be able to survive Israel's arid desert conditions. 

Over the years the initial design of the Galil rifle has been viewed as having been directly copied from the Finnish Valmet series of rifle.  However, that isn't completely accurate.  The initial Galil prototypes started out as basic modifications by Yisrael Galil of Soviet AK-47s that had been captured.  They include several features that were implemented later on in the final design.  Named the Balashnikov, they included a folding stock; an enlarged/modified handguard for accommodating the bipod in a folded position and for sustaining fire; a bipod directly mounted on the gas block; and a modified fire-selector for using with the shooter's fingers or thump when holding the grip.  

Uziel Gal (Uzi creator) designed prototype service-rifle replacements of his own in 7.62 and 5.56 NATO.

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The Life & History Of The Uzi 

Uziel Gal (1924-2002) developed the UZI (which was where the name comes from).  He was an Israeli army captain who was the winner of an internal competition for a new submachine gun design.  The initial prototypes made their appearance in 1950 and then soon after selected units were issued the first production batches for field testing.  Prior to the 1956 Sinai Campaign, an improved design came out, and it was during this desert war when the UZI emerged as the winner in very demanding surroundings.     

It turned out that the UZI was also surprisingly accurate in addition to being highly reliable for this kind of weapon, and quickly caught the attention of the international firearms community.  The original wood stock was replaced during the 1960s with a folding metal stock and also the UZI was licensed to be produced by the Belgian firearms company called FN.

UZI For Sale

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Call It A Comeback: Roller Locked Firearms Are Back In A Big Way

Though you don't normally think of firearm design as being subject to trends and fads, it's an idea that gains greater weight when you look at the rapid rise and fall and recent resurgence in the popularity of roller locked guns. The design became nearly obsolete by the end of the 1990s, but today roller locked firearms are making a big comeback and earning the admiration of a new generation of shooters. How did roller locked weapons earn a second look, and where might they be headed in the future.

A good place to start is by getting a firm handle on the difference between roller locked firearms and ordinary direct blowback guns. The latter design setup sees the bolt pushed backward by the pressure of expanding gases at the same time as the bullet moves down the barrel. This blowback action is delayed in a roller locked design. The critical roller locking mechanism acts to keep the bolt closed for a few vital milliseconds after firing. This reduces the pressure in the chamber before the bolt opens and the gun comes out of battery. The advantage? A roller locked gun can have a lighter bolt group assembly and operate more smoothly.

This analogy should make the difference in the two systems clear. Imagine what it would feel like to strap into the passenger seat of an offroader competing in a grueling Baja race. That's direct blowback. In contrast, operating a roller locked gun is like piloting a German sedan down the Autobahn at 160 mph. 

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Best Tactical Shotguns For Home Defense Part 2

One of the reasons why this shotgun is such a great choice for tactical home defense is because of the sights. The front sight offers fiber-optic options and visibility, unlike many others. In a similar way to the M4, it has the Picatinny rail so you can always mount your own sights if desired.

It is a very comfortable design that can be felt in both the pistol grip and the way that the action pumps. In other words, you can handle the weapon easily. One of the benefits that this weapon has over the M4 is the adjustable stock. You will also find it easier to handle because it is lightweight.

Tactical Shotguns To Look Into (Continued)

As far as shotguns are concerned, this one is at the top of the list. It fits within most budgets and it is easy to handle and shoot.

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Best Tactical Shotguns For Home Defense

Most gun owners have a favorite gun, and they'll tell you all about it if you ask. Many different guns are considered "fun", but most of them don't do much for me. I prefer my guns to be functional, which is why I keep a shotgun around the house just in case of trouble. 

I've seen a number of tactical shotguns for sale, and I've bought many of them. I have no issues spending money on a solid tactical shotgun. They work great for close-range situations, which is exactly what you want for home defense. 

Handguns have too much range. If you shoot and miss, you're liable to hit someone in the next house over. Shotgun pellets won't get that far, so you have less chance of killing something you don't want dead. 

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