[IDEX 2021] EMTAN Israel Small Arms Industry

    IDEX has always been an important event for the defense industry players across the globe. Few countries never attended, and one of these was Israel. In 2021, thanks to the Abraham Accords, this has changed. Here we’ll see a few products of EMTAN, short for EMTAN Karmiel Ltd, a name not so familiar for most readers, yet OEM of thousands of commonly available components.

    EMTAN – The Ramon Pistol

    EMTAN Ramon 9mm

    [IDEX 2021] EMTAN Israel Small Arms Industry – The Ramon 9mm Luger pistol, Army Green frame.

    EMTAN Ramon 9mm

    [IDEX 2021] EMTAN Israel Small Arms Industry – The Ramon 9mm Luger pistol, Navy Grey frame. Note the metal sights with real tritium dot inserts.

    EMTAN Ramon 9mm

    [IDEX 2021] EMTAN Israel Small Arms Industry – The Ramon 9mm Luger pistol, Army Green frame.

    Sliencer ready EMTAN Ramon

    [IDEX 2021] EMTAN Israel Small Arms Industry – The Ramon 9mm Luger pistol, silencer ready model with RDS mounting cut on the slide.

    The Ramon is a striker-fired, polymer-framed 9mm pistol with a very familiar external shape. It is made in Israel mostly for local military / LE use. It sports a 4.02″ (102 mm) long barrel, replaceable tritium night sights and it is available in a wide variety of different combinations. These may involve a longer, threaded (metric or imperial), barrel or a ported one, or simply the choice among 4 different frame shades.

    Most TFB readers probably have never seen the Ramon, as its marketing is “excluded in the USA, Canada and other selected countries” (quote from the product brochure). Probably anyone can guess the reason. However, an export version is in the works, with enough changes to make it marketable globally. Stay tuned.

    EMTAN – MZ Assault Rifles Models

    EMTAN MZ-4P

    [IDEX 2021] EMTAN Israel Small Arms Industry – MZ-4P FRB piston operated, 5.56x45mm NATO assault rifle, 11.5″ barrel length. The carbine is designed for unsuppressed operation, with a single-position gas port. The piston guide tube can be easily disassembled for cleaning; in the photo, it is unlocked and partially slid out. (The weapon in the bottom right corner kills 99% of its enemies…)

    EMTAN MZ-47

    [IDEX 2021] EMTAN Israel Small Arms Industry – MZ-47 direct gas impingement, 7.62x39mm assault rifle, 14.5″ barrel length. Note the AK47 magazine with mag release paddle within the extended trigger guard.

    EMTAN MZ-47

    [IDEX 2021] EMTAN Israel Small Arms Industry – MZ-47, right side view.

    EMTAN monolithic upper model

    [IDEX 2021] EMTAN Israel Small Arms Industry – MZ-4 model (not currently on the catalog) with a monolithic upper receiver with M-LOK slots on the handguard area.

    EMTAN MZ models

    [IDEX 2021] EMTAN Israel Small Arms Industry – Selection of MZ models.

    TFB in the past had a look at these assault rifles. However, a few interesting features were shown in IDEX. Possibly the most peculiar is the FRB (Folding Retractable Buttstock) that marries a retractable stock to a short buffer tube, via a left-side folding hinge.

    Given the fairly limited competition, the MZ-47, feeding 7.62x39mm from AK magazines, could probably gain a decent share in the civilian market.

    EMTAN – MZ-9 SMG

    EMTAN MZ-9

    [IDEX 2021] EMTAN Israel Small Arms Industry – MZ-9 submachine gun, simple blowback feeding from CZ Scorpion magazines.

    TFB first had a look at this model, a simple blowback AR-style SMG, back in 2018. The model comes standard with 5″ or 7″ barrels, although a 16″ model is available as well. It feeds from CZ Scorpion magazines and, according to the company representative, it’s very accurate within a range of 100 meters.

    Stay tuned for more IDEX 2021 coverage.

    Giorgio O

    Italian firearm enthusiast now living in an even more restrictive country, Giorgio has a passion for innovative or plainly unusual mechanical solutions. He’s also interested in manufacturing technologies with a recent focus on additive manufacturing.

    You can contact him at giorgio_o at zoho dot com and you’ll find him in the comments section as Giolli Joker.


    Advertisement