Im finally off the fence. I am going to build a Galil. First off everyone should know that Im am not a person that knows all about building firearms and I have not built a Galil before. I have built several AKs of various models and calibers including a milled receiver model and Im hoping that the experiance gained on those projects will help. Feel free to make comments as I go here. Im confedent that I will complete this and learn alot in the process.
I will start by showing the parts kit. I spent around $700 for all of this as a package and received a spare buttstock, spare bolt, spare carry handle, new night sites, spare flash hider, new handguard, USA made gas piston, USA pistol grip and a new barrel with the deal. I think I did ok considering todays market on these parts. I plan on selling off the spares after completing the build to make the overall build cheaper.
The first thing I needed to do was remove the gas block from the old barrel. I have pressed components off of ak barrels before but from everything I've read, the Galil gas blocks can be very tough to remove. Many gunsmith are willing to do the work but its my understanding that quite a few gas blocks are broke in the process. I chose to use 1 inch alum. plate as a jig backed up by steel press plates. I split the alum then drilled a 11/16 hole through the center of the cut.
I then drilled a larger hole for the gas tube end of the block to sit in.
Keep in mind that the gas tube end of the block only passes throught this hole and no pressure is placed on it during the press. Heres what the parts looked like prior to pressing the block off.
You may notice that I have the ram directly on the muzzle. The old barrel is in poor condition for the last inch or two of the bore so Im not too concerned about damage to the crown. I do think that this barrel could be cut down and recrowned into something usable. So I took hold of the press handle and began to put pressure on the thing. Now, I've heard some popping and snapping from something being pressed before and I'll say this gas block was on tight. I don't doubt for one minute that these do break during this process. In the end I won.
Notice the gas hole. It has two different hole sizes. One of them is quite large butt very shallow. The through hole is centered in the first but smaller.
Heres a photo of the 1" alum. plate after the press. Check out the indentation the gas block left on it. I was'nt looking at the pressure gauge when the gas block began to move, but from looking at the plates, I think it was alot of pressure.
Next up will be the receiver. I am using an ORF. I know, Im well aware of the Gunplummer review and I will be comparing the issues raised in the review to my receiver to see if things have been corrected as ORF has stated they have. My choice to use the ORF was based on pure economics. Parts kit + $350 ORF receiver = Galil for $1050ish. Parts kit + $800 IMI receiver = Galil for $1500ish. Thats if you can find an IMI and one for $800, which would be on the low side these days. Why pay $1500-$1700 for parts and build it when you are approaching the $2000 range for buying an original. Just my opinion. I have the receiver at this time and I will be posting my observations about it early next week. I look forward to your comments between now and then.