SAR-1 AK or Golani Sporter....Your Choice?


March 7, 2009, 08:51 AM

The other day I got to see and handle one of the Golani semi autos for the first time. It was pretty nice, nothing to write home about though.

Right now I have an SAR-1 that I really don't like. It's because of the furniture set. To keep it I would HAVE to change it out to something that was longer and more comfortable to shoot and looked better. Just a bit of checking and i found a replacement furniture set from K-Var that sold for about $115 or so. It would make a HUGE difference in my opinion of it for sure. But then I thought that there may be something out there that I would rather have and I could trade it or sell mine and buy it.

That's where the Golani comes in at my local shop. I thought it came in 7.62 x 39 but just found that it is in .223. Not really that big of a deal though. I already have a Colt AR so I guess that would prompt me to have more ammo on hand.
I have also thought about a Saiga 12 gauge. Or maybe one of the new Ruger Mini-14 rifles. So many possibilities.....

So what would you do, upgrade the stock on the SAR-1 and keep it, or find something else better or one that you liked more and try to get a deal to get it?
Do you have any thoughts on the Golani?

I'd like to hear your thoughts. Is there something else in that general price range that I should also consider?

Thanks for your time and help. I appreciate it.


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March 7, 2009, 09:02 AM
I'd keep the SAR 1. From all the bad press I've read about the Galil, I don't think I'd trade. You can also get a nice wood stock set from or Ironwoods have to be finished, but a 4 piece set runs $88.00 in either walnut or laminate. If its a Galil you really want, make sure you get an IMI Galil, but they are high dollar.

March 7, 2009, 02:49 PM
The SAR is probably more practical and there are a lot more accessories for it (and if you are changing the furniture anyway, you can get the Command Arms forend with the rails if you want to put a light on there eventually), an ultimak for a red dot, etc.

The Golani is neat if you want something different or would rather have a .223, though.

March 7, 2009, 03:26 PM
The only Galil style rifle I've heard negative things about is the Century ones. I want one just because I don't have one yet. They are AK's without crappy sights, yes I know the recievers are different and a few other things but they are really cool rifles and are pretty accurate. I would never get rid of any gun for another one but I am a collector so I would personally keep the SAR and get the Golani also.

March 7, 2009, 04:56 PM
I'd keep the SAR1, especially if shoots worth half a darn and you know its history after import.


March 7, 2009, 07:02 PM
Keep the SAR1, the Century Golani are not that good.

March 7, 2009, 08:23 PM
I would definitely throw some K-VAR furniture on the SAR-1 and keep it. I definitely wouldn't bother with a Golani, but an IMI Galil would be totally different.

March 8, 2009, 08:28 PM
The Sar-1 is a better rifle............:cool:

March 8, 2009, 09:09 PM
I have a brand new Golani want to buy or trade? Of course you will have to wait until it come back from the factory, it's out for repairs after 50 rounds.

March 8, 2009, 09:38 PM
SAR 1 is my choice. I leave it the way it is.

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