Author prepares to fire one of Para State Military Police's…

Author prepares to fire one of Para State Military Police’s Magal Carbines. It’s fitted with a Meprolight MEPRO 21-day/night illuminated reflex sight on the forward Picatinny mount


Very little is known about the Magal, a Galil cousin. Its story dates back to around 1998, and its design is credited to IMI Special Projects Manager Efraim Yaari. Yaari used IMI’s 5.56x45mm Micro Galil Assault Rifle (MAR) as a starting point and re-dimensioned it to fire the .30M1 Carbine 7.62x33mm cartridge. Israel had used this ammo since the World War II era, and Israeli police had long used the corresponding M1 Carbine since it minimized bullet over-penetration in urban areas, a problem with the 5.56x45mm rounds of the M16 rifles widely used in Israel’s internal security applications. The Magal was a supposedly less intimidating weapon (a frequently quoted requirement for the gun intended to replace Israel’s M16s). An initial production run of 4,000 Magals was anticipated, with a similar number to follow. An early batch of roughly 1,000 Magals was delivered and put into intense service in the Israeli-Palestinian conflicts from 1999 to 2000, but many negative field reports started coming back.

Most reported operating failures due to the Magal’s very short barrel, which produced insufficient gas pressure (this only worsened when riot control accessories were added), as well as barrel overheating during continuous fire. The weapons were sent back to the factory for improvements—
no additional orders were ever made. It is generally believed that those Magals have since been kept in Israeli Police Force depots for emergency use.


The Magal carbine did obtain at least one export order: in Brazil, the Polícia Militar do Pará (PMPA or Pará State Military Police) had evaluated the weapon and made an order in 2001. A reported 555 units were produced the following year. Shortly thereafter I had a chance to fly from Rio de Janeiro to Belém, Pará State’s capital city, for a brief hands-on encounter with the Israeli gun courtesy of longtime friend and then IMI Local Representative Rafael Vulej. Note that the Magal had previously been tested, approved and certificated (ReTEx No. 1711/00, November 8, 2000) by the Brazilian Army Marambaia Proving Grounds, prior to its adoption by the PMPA.

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  • SrA BMadden

    Interesting that they went with .30 carbine. Is it a full auto?

  • BlackLion