[SHOT 2023] IWI US Carmel Rifle

Rusty S.
by Rusty S.
[SHOT 2023] IWI US Carmel

New for 2023 from IWI US is an American version of IWI’s Carmel rifle. With the same 2 position gas selector and cold hammer forged, chrome line free-floated barrel as the international Carmel, the US semiautomatic only version has some cosmetic differences that may be a better fit for the US market. Let’s take a look.

[SHOT 2023] IWI US Carmel

[SHOT 2023] IWI US Carmel Rifle

The standout features of the IWI US Carmel that I noticed was the MLOK fore-end, which gives the rifle a sleeker look than the international version. The vertical grip is also different, with the US version having a grip from B5 systems. The safety sector also requires a very short throw from safe to fire. The trigger group in the Carmel is specific to the platform and not interchangeable with AR15 triggers. Disassembly was very easy, and can be done from the rear of the rifle when the stock is folded.

[SHOT 2023] International version of the Carmel Rifle

The IWI US CARMEL rifle is a semiautomatic, short stroke, gas piston rifle. Made from superior steel, aviation grade aluminum and high strength impact modified polymer for outstanding performance in all environmental conditions. The rifle has a locking, rotating bolt system ensuring maximum safety for the user. IWI US CARMEL is fully ambidextrous and can be easily customized with MLOK rails at the 3, 6 and 9 position to allow compatibility with various accessories.

[SHOT 2023] IWI US Carmel
  • Short-stroke gas piston
  • Completely ambidextrous and can be converted easily in the field
  • 2 position gas regulator – (Regular, Suppressor)
  • Cold hammer-forged, chrome-lined, free-floating barrel, for enhanced accuracy & prolonged life cycle
  • Hard-anodized monolithic aluminum MIL-STD 1913 Rail
  • MLOK accessory rails at the 3, 6 and 9 o’clock positions
[SHOT 2023] IWI US Carmel

Advantages and Benefits:

  • Designed for minimum operator and armorer level maintenance
  • All the metal parts of the weapon are corrosion resistant
  • Body built with high strength impact modified polymer
  • Uses any NATO MIL STD 5.56 Steel, aluminum, or polymer magazines
[SHOT 2023] IWI US Carmel

Optimized Ergonomic Design:

  • Side folding stock with variable length of pull and comb height – the weapon can be fired with a folded stock
  • Fully ambidextrous: safety lever, magazine release, bolt catch, non-reciprocating charging handle
  • Enlarged trigger guard for easier access for glove use
  • 3 points of sling attachments QD or Cord
[SHOT 2023] IWI US Carmel
Model Number(s)CSR16
Caliber5.56 NATO
Operating System2 position gas regulator, Rotating locking bolt
Magazine TypeMAGPUL PMAG GEN M3 with Window
Magazine Capacity30 Round
Barrel MaterialFree-floating, Chrome lined, Cold hammer forged
Barrel Length16″
Overall Length26 3/4″ Stock folded, 33 3/4″ Stock collapsed, 37 1/4″ Stock extended
Weight8 Lbs 2 Oz without Magazine
Rifling1:7″ Twist, 6 RH Grooves (5.56 NATO)

For more information, please visit IWI US.

[SHOT 2023] IWI US Carmel
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Rusty S.
Rusty S.

Having always had a passion for firearms, Rusty S. has had experience in gunsmithing, firearms retail, hunting, competitive shooting, range construction, as an IDPA certified range safety officer and a certified instructor. He has received military, law enforcement, and private training in the use of firearms. Editor at Outdoorhub.com

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  • Lapus Lapus on Jan 20, 2023

    I think it's a bit over-engineered. Firearm should be simple are reliable.

  • Pissoff Pissoff on Jan 21, 2023

    What a bulky and ugly piece of shit. AND it's made by our greatest "ally"???

    Sign me up! /s