Israel Weapons Industry (IWI) representatives provided further details of the company's new ACE Sniper rifle at the Eurosatory 2022 defence exhibition.
Announced in April, the ACE Sniper is the successor to the company's Galil Sniper SA self-loading sniper rifle. Based on the ACE-N 52, the ACE Sniper brings all the improved features of the ACE series over the Galil pattern rifles, including steel and polymer receiver; left-hand side cocking handle with spring-loaded dust cover; redesigned ambidextrous fire-selector levers; side-folding stock; and modern optics and accessory rail capability.
The ACE Sniper is a long-stroke gas piston-operated weapon, with a semi-automatic only mode of fire. It is fitted with a 584 mm long, heavy profile barrel, featuring a double baffle muzzle brake. The barrel features six grooves, with a right-hand turn every 241 mm.
The traditional ACE quad-rail handguard has been replaced with a new, hard-anodised aluminium forend, which sports a continuous length of MIL-STD-1913 rail for the mounting of optical sights on the 12 o'clock position. A shorter lenght of MIL-STD-1913 rail is mounted on the 6 o'clock position of the forend. M-LOK mounting interface points are present on the 3 and 9 o'clock positions of the forend.
A new, heavier buttstock is fitted to the rifle and the stock has an adjustable cheek rest and length of pull. An optional monopod can be fitted to the underside of the buttock.
The ACE Sniper features a two-stage adjustable trigger and feeds from AR-10 pattern detachable box magazines. The weapon has an overall length of 1,080 mm and an empty weight of 5.7 kg. It is issued with a soft carrying bag and an adjustable bipod.