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VZ 58 VS galil

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by pvtmcd, Oct 10, 2008.


VZ 58 or Galil

  1. VZ 58

    57 vote(s)
  2. Galil

    19 vote(s)
  1. pvtmcd

    pvtmcd Member

    VZ 58 VS galil
    If you'd kindly compare the two, I'd appreciate it.
  2. kb308

    kb308 Well-Known Member

    Accuracy: probably VZ58
    Weight: DEFINATELY VZ58
    Ruggedness: Probably Galil (although the VZ is quite rugged)
    Reliability: Both are quite reliable, but I'd guess Galil because it's so close to the AK.
  3. SimpleIsGood229

    SimpleIsGood229 Well-Known Member

    Are we talking about genuine IMI Galils, or are CAI Golanis, ORF Galils, and whatever else included?

    If we're talking about IMI Galils, it seem to me that the choice between the Galil and Vz.58 would come down to personal preference (even though I'm sure nalioth is probably going to argue for the Vz.! ;))
  4. nalioth

    nalioth Well-Known Member

    Vz58 is chambered for 7.62x39
    Galil is chambered for .223/5.56x45

    Vz58 weighs 2.91 kg (6.42 lb) empty.
    Galil AR weighs 3.95 kg (8.71 lb) empty.

    Vz58 is 861 mm (33.9 in) in length (US version)
    Galil AR is 987 mm (38.9 in) in length.

    Vz58 has 30 round magazine capacity (10 in neutered version). 30 round mags are aluminum.
    Galil has 12, 35 and 50 round magazine capacity. Mags come in steel (12 & 50 rounders) and polymer (35 rounders).

    I can only recommend the IMI Galils. Buying one from another source is a crapshoot.

    If you can afford both, buy both. I prefer the light weight and small size and superior ergonomics of the Vz58.

    There really is no comparison, imho. They are apples and oranges.
  5. HorseSoldier

    HorseSoldier Well-Known Member

    Like SimpleIsGood noted -- real Galil vs real vz.58 is a different topic than commercially available Galil vs vz.58 here in the US. For the latter, I'd vote for the 58.

    PILMAN Well-Known Member

    that's a hard one, I don't have any opinions yet because I own a clone of a Galil and i'm buying a VZ58, i'll need an authentic Galil to be able to tell.
  7. SaMx

    SaMx Well-Known Member

    I would go for th vz.58 because it's lighter and the action is unusual and interesting.
  8. Evil Monkey

    Evil Monkey member

    Both of them are not exactly note worthy rifles. But the fact that the vz58 is lighter and exhibits features desirable that the galil doesn't have makes the vz58, in my opinion, the better rifle.

    Anything AK derived doesn't impress me, so the galil is no exception. With it's lack of a bolt catch, weight, backwards left side selector switch, rock in mag system, price per unit, it can't compete with the insane amount of modern designs with the same cost.

    PILMAN Well-Known Member

    The VZ58 is not AK derived, it's completely different.
  10. Evil Monkey

    Evil Monkey member

    I know that. I was talking about the Galil.
  11. stubbicatt

    stubbicatt Well-Known Member

    I know that...
  12. armoredman

    armoredman Well-Known Member

    I have never handled a Galil, so my opinion doesn't really count, but i will say my vZ-58 is outstanding, and beats many of the semi-auto military pattern rifles I have had.
  13. pvtmcd

    pvtmcd Member

    Thanks for all the info. I guess I'm more interested in the commercially available versions of these rifles.
    It looks like I'll be getting a vz 58 when I get back home...
  14. Artigas

    Artigas Well-Known Member

    I dunno... my opinion is essentially worthless, but just handling a Galil, it seems to fit. I can't really explain it. It just seems to all come together when you shoulder it. But maybe that's just me.
  15. Ed DCB

    Ed DCB Well-Known Member

    Having used both, VZ 58.
  16. Gunsby_Blazen

    Gunsby_Blazen Well-Known Member

    the VZ is freaking sweet!!!!
    if I could, I would buy one myself
  17. anymanusa

    anymanusa Well-Known Member

    I voted VZ, if for nothing else (which there is plenty of), the round it fires is superior imo. I have very little desire for the .223 round, although it does have its place.
  18. PILMAN

    PILMAN Well-Known Member

    Galils are made in .308 as well.
  19. nalioth

    nalioth Well-Known Member

    and 7.62x39, too.

    Those were commercial offerings, and whole different beasts than the military accepted .223 Galils.
  20. Wes Janson

    Wes Janson Well-Known Member

    Realistically though, on the current market between the Century .223 Galil and the VZ-58 offerings, there's no comparison at all. The VZ-58 is a far better rifle than the Century model.

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