By David Crane
defrev (at) gmail (dot) com
March 12, 2012
As if a new lightweight select-fire belt-fed 7.62x51mm machine gun isn’t enough, the hard-working little elves at Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) have also introduced a select-fire (full-auto/semi-auto) 7.62mm NATO battle rifle/carbine called the IWI ACE 52/52L/53 “Assault Rifle”, which is based on the combat-proven/battle-proven Galil assault rifle (i.e., Kalashnikov AK-47/AKM/AK-74) design. The new battle rifle is fed by a 25-round box mag (box magazine) and comes complete with Mil-Std-1913 “Picatinny” quad rail system/forend rail tube/tactical handguards, telescoping buttstock, back-up iron sights (BUIS) and various optional tactical accessories, including an “assault grip” with integral pressure switch for a tactical white light (tactical weapon light), Meprolight MEPRO 21 Reflex Sight/red dot sight/combat optic, and Meprolight MX3-3X Magnifier optic.
Hopefully, when DefenseReview (DR) eventually runs the IWI NEGEV NG7 at the range, the company will be kind enough to also bring along an ACE 52 for T&E. DR is particularly interested in the weapon’s accuracy, since it’s a gas-piston/op-rod-driven gun.
According to The Firearm Blog, the Guatemalan National Civil Police (GNCP) have reportedly purchased 3,000 ACE 31 7.62x39mm Russian assault SBRs (Short Barreled Rifles)/sub-carbines for 4.6M (4.6 Million) USD, as well as 8,000 IWI Jericho high-capacity semi-auto 9mm pistols for 3.2M (3.2 Million) USD. That’s a lot of denero for Guatemala.
That’s all well and good, but Defense Review is more concerned about whether or not the IWI will offer a semi-auto version of the ACE 52 7.62mm NATO/.308 Win. rifle for the American civilian tactical shooting market/commercial market. Assuming the gun comes in at the right price point, civilian tactical shooters will most likely eat this gun up. Nom, nom, nom.
IWI ACE 52/52L/53 Battle Rifle (7.62mm NATO) Features (from Data Sheet):
• Short, lightweight assault rifle that comes in two lengths
• 7.62x51mm ammunition
• 4 picatinny rails
• Modern streamlined design
• Standard 25 round magazine capacity
• 2 fire modes: automatic and semi automatic
• Exceptional trigger
• Muzzle brake / jump compensator
• Air cooled, gas operated weapon
• Combat proved, reliable under adverse and extreme conditions
• Easy to use by right or left handed user
• Simple maintenance, no tools are required when stripping the weapon
• Combat night sight
• Telescopic and / or foldable butt
• Rubber butt plate
IWI ACE 52/52L/53 Battle Rifle Specs (from Data Sheet):
Models ACE 52 ACE 52 L ACE 53
Mechanical Operation: Gas-Operated (Gas Piston/Op-Rod), Rotating-Bolt Lock-Up
Caliber: 7.62x51mm NATO (7.62mm NATO)/.308 Win.
Firing Modes: Semi-auto, Full-Auto
Ammo Capacity and Feeding: 25-Round Box Magazine
Barrel Rifling: 4 RH grooves, 1:12” twist
Weight (Kg) (w/o magazine): 3.65, 3.71, 3.85
Length (mm): (extended) 935, 992, 1043; (retracted) 855, 912, 963
Barrel Length: 406 (16″), 457 (18”), 508 (20″)
Muzzle Velocity (approx.) (m/sec): 800, 830, 860
Cyclic Rate of Fire (ROF) (approx. rds/min): 650 RPM
Optics/Sight: Combat Sight (Including Night Sight): Front post / Rear aperture, Optional sights Accessories Mounting: Picatinny rail for various optical sights as reflex sight / telescopic /
other optical accessories. Attachment for easy fitment of compatible
night sight without re-zeroing (optional)
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