IWI Galil Ace (GAP39) Recall

In an effort to be safe rather than sorry when dealing with BATFE intepretations, IWI is recalling their Galil Ace (GAP39) pistol. The issue is that its receiver has a 3-pin (holes) fire control group construction and the BATFE thinks that this by definition makes it a machine gun. Go figure.

The full press release and where to return the pistols is below:


IWI US is conducting a recall of all Galil ACE (GAP39) pistols that have a receiver with a 3-pin (3-hole) fire control
group construction. While these pistols cannot fire automatically, BATF&E has historically held that AK type
receivers with 3-pin (3-hole) fire control groups are, by definition, machine gun receivers.

Accordingly, all owners (FFL Dealers or Consumers) of a GAP39 pistol must return their firearms to IWI US, Inc.
immediately for either a full refund or you can opt for replacement with a 2-pin (2-hole) pistol within 90 to 120 days.

FFL Dealers and/or Consumers must include a copy of an invoice or receipt with the returned firearm. IWI US cannot
issue a refund without a receipt.

There are no safety issues involved with this recall.

FFL Dealers and Consumers should contact IWI US, Inc. at (717) 695-2081, email recall@iwi.us or write the
company at:

IWI US, Inc.
Attn. GAP39 Recall
P.O. Box 126707
Harrisburg, PA 17112

IWI US, Inc. will issue a Return Authorization number (RA#) and will issue a “Call Tag” for UPS to pick up the
firearm(s) at no cost to the FFL Dealer or Consumer. Returned firearms must have a RA# or they will be refused.
Please allow up to 4 weeks to receive your refund.

A picture of the Galil ACE pistol can be seen on page 7 of IWI’s US catalog.

Surprising Numbers From IWI About Tavor Sales

I will admit that I was more than a little surprised when I read the following press release announcing that IWI US (Israel Weapons Industries’ US subsidiary) had shipped their 20,000th Tavor SAR bullpup carbine. The market for a bullpup like the Tavor SAR or the Steyr Aug would seem a bit limited given the design and the price but obviously I’m wrong in my estimation. And reading their press release below, it seems I’m not the only one wrong in my estimation. Sales were three times greater than IWI US projected themselves.

The press release announcing this milestone:

Harrisburg, PA (March 2014) – IWI US, Inc. a subsidiary of Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) Ltd., proudly
announces the 20,000th TAVOR® SAR has been shipped. The IWI US facility was officially opened in December
of 2012 and began shipments to distributors of the highly anticipated; Israeli designed and built rifle in late
March of 2013.

2013 became the year of the TAVOR® SAR, with unexpected demand that tripled projected sales and garnered
the receipt of two coveted awards: American Rifleman’s Golden Bullseye Award for Rifle of the Year and the
popular blog, TheTruthAboutGuns.com, Rifle of the Year. IWI US doubled their employee base to meet the
demand for the TAVOR® SAR, as well as hired additional management as the product found a receptive
audience in the law enforcement community.

IWI US expects to expand its facility in 2014 to accommodate continued growth. Additionally, IWI US will
launch an online store with a variety of IWI US approved accessories for the TAVOR® SAR in the coming weeks.

“This is a watershed moment for IWI US and our employees,” Michael Kassnar, Vice President of Sales and
Marketing for IWI US commented. “We could not have met our goals without the enthusiasm, dedication and
the Pennsylvania work ethic of the IWI US

Unusual Choice Of Firearm For This Police Department

When it comes to choosing a long arm for use by its officers, most police departments recently have been going with some form of an AR-15. Thus, when the Pennsylvania State Capitol Police chose the IWI Tavor SAR for use by its officers, it caught my attention.

The Pennsylvania State Capitol Police is an 86 member department charged with providing security and protection at the Capitol Complex in Harrisburg as well as at state office buildings in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Scranton. They are also charged with investigating crimes that occur within its jurisdiction. Established in 1895, they were the first police agency in Pennsylvania to come under the jurisdiction of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and are the second oldest state police agency in the country after the Texas Rangers.

So why choose the Tavor when virtually all other departments are going with some form of AR-15?

According to the press release announcing the adoption, it was due to it close quarters capabilities.

“We ar
e honored that the Pennsylvania
Capitol Police have chosen
to be
with the TAVOR® SAR
,” Michael Kassnar, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at IWI US commented.

Capitol Police were looking for an extremely reliable rifle that was
built specifically for close quarter
the design of the TAVOR®
was a perfect
their requirements.”

There is no word on how many of these bullpup rifles were purchased nor is there any word on the exact configuration.

Prior to joining IWI USA, Mr. Kassnar had been president of Harrisburg-based Charles Daly and KBI as well as Trans World Arms LLC. Charles Daly and KBI went out of business in 2010. Given that Mr. Kassnar and IWI USA are Harrisburg-based as were KBI and Charles Daly, I would not be surprised to find out that he had a long standing personal and professional relationship with the State Capitol Police. Notwithstanding that, I do believe the Tavor should perform very well in close quarters.