DAN .338 Tactical Precision Rifle from IWI US

IWI, or Israel Weapon Industries Ltd., from Israel are perhaps most known for their bullpup Tavor models, UZIs and Galil rifles.

But they also produce a rifle designed by Dr. Nehemia Sirkis in co-operation with Israel’s Defense Forces.

It’s a sniper rifle called DAN, from the ancient city of Dan, chambered in .338 Lapua Magnum.

DAN-338-bolt-action-sniper-rifle

That’s a very long Picatinny rail.

What is not so commonly known is that the IWI DAN .338 Bolt Action Sniper Rifle is used by the British special forces unit Special Air Service (SAS).

The IWI DAN is said to have been used to snipe an executioner of ISIS, at least according to this source which also contains some interesting quotes.

IWI USA is now about to launch the DAN 338 into the US market.

DAN-folding-butt-stock

Foldable stock makes the rifle very compact during transportation. As you can see, the bolt-action is locked.


From the Press Release – IWI US Introduces the DAN® .338 Tactical Precision Rifle:

 

Harrisburg, Pa. (January 2017)IWI US, Inc., a subsidiary of Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) Ltd., proudly announce the arrival on the US shores of the first IWI bolt-action tactical precision rifle in the DAN® .338. Manufactured to the exacting qualities that define all of the Israel Weapons Industries (IWI) products, the DAN delivers the highest standards of performance in reliability, ruggedness and sub-MOA accuracy in the .338 Lapua Magnum caliber.

“Having the extraordinary DAN .338 in the IWI US catalog is a complement to our current product line-up,” Michael Kassnar, vice president of sales & marketing for IWI US explained. “Until now, we did not have a bolt-action rifle, but then IWI does not believe in filling in its product line-up with just any firearm. Every product that comes out of IWI is meticulously designed, seriously engineered and manufactured and put right into action on the battlefield as its final test. Only those firearm systems that exceed their expectations become an IWI firearm. For serious shooters and long-range competitors, the DAN is the ultimate rifle.”

Built on a one-piece, lightweight aluminum alloy chassis with a full-length, one-piece Picatinny top rail with 20 MOA built-in canted drop, plus a full-length bottom Pic rail. For additional accessory mounting, there are also two moveable, short Picatinny rails at 3 and 6 o’clock. The side-folding aluminum buttstock is skeletonized for less weight and has an adjustable length-of-pull, adjustable drop-of-heel and adjustable comb.

Adjustable stock with Picatinny rail, to be able to mount a supporting monopod from Accu-Shot.

DAN-Foldable-adjustable-mono-pod

Other features and accessories included are:

  • 28” heavy fluted, free-floating, cold-hammer forged interchangeable barrel
  • 1:10 twist with 5/8 x 24 TPI threaded muzzle
  • Two-stage adjustable trigger
  • Ambidextrous mag release and trigger block safety
  • Two 10-round steel magazines
  • Atlas BT46-LW17 PSR bipod
  • ACCU-SHOT BT13-QK-PRM adjustable folding monopod
  • Borka PTL precision torque limiter wrench
  • Dewey BRCCK-338L cleaning kit with .338 Lapua Magnum custom DAN bore guide and 44” one-piece rod
  • Heavy duty lockable case with custom foam insert

 

The IWI DAN has sub-MOA accuracy at range of 1200 meters, and comes without the scope pictured.

Unfortunately there is no price mentioned. I would like to think this rifle could be a nice competitor to the quite expensive (and rightly so) SAKO TRG M10.

 

TFB covered the DAN 338 already in 2014, now it’s time for the US customers to have their go.

IWI Releases .338 Lapua Bolt Action “DAN” Rifle

 

 



Eric B

Ex-Arctic Ranger. Competitive practical shooter and hunter with an European focus. Always ready to increase my collection of modern semi-automatic firearms, optics and sound suppressors. Owning the night would be nice too.


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  • PK

    Great looking rifle, but I worry that the MSRP (once announced) will have it firmly outside my reach. I’d still love to try one someday.

    • The MSRP on the Remington M2010 is $17,000. Unless you’ve got like $6k-$10k to spend on this rifle, I’d probably forget about it.

      • PK

        I hope you’re right about the price. If this rifle ends up being comparable to the Barrett .338 MRAD, I’m in luck!

      • MeaCulpa

        The M2010 seems a bit pricey I must say.

  • Alvar

    How do they now the SAS used this particular rifle and not an AI or a Barrett which i think they use? I mean, it’s the SAS, there are more photos and info about the Yeti then this unit which is not very keen on publicity.

  • Ευστάθιος Παλαιολόγος

    Why the SAS would use this rifle when they are already pretty happy with their AX338? Also, that story with the ISIS executioner, doesn’ it already circulates with an AI rifle…?
    I hadba chance to visit IWI when the DAN was being developed. They said we could see the prototype but not take pictures but… They didn’t keep their word…

    • GD Ajax

      Because everyone with an internet connection knows that AI is from Great Britain. So it makes it harder to guess who they are.

      • MeaCulpa

        And everyone with an internet connection knows that AI is perhaps the most popular sniper rifle in the world.

  • Holdfast_II

    Even if the price of entry isn’t TOO bad, it’s the cost of feeding . . .

    • Dan

      Which isn’t completely horrible if you make your own. Factory ammo prices definitely no way. Of course you don’t buy a .338LM and expect to shoot cheaply.