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IWI has long been a purveyor of innovative and rugged weapons for civilian and military use. From its early, literally underground origins before Israeli independence to its modern and futuristic designs, IWI has catapulted some iconic designs onto the world stage of weaponry.
IWI models range from the basic but reliable UZI platform to futuristic bullpup rifles and shotguns.
The UZI platform is a stamped metal telescopic bolt submachine design. Chambered primarily in 9mm, .22lr and .41AE versions also exist. Beginning with the original open bolt full size stamped metal UZI in 1950, the line expanded to include the compact closed bolt Mini-Uzi in 1980, the subcompact Micro-Uzi in 1986, and the Uzi “PRO” in 2010, with corresponding semiautomatic carbine and pistol models along the way.
Designed by Magnum Research for IMI. Next to the Uzi, the Desert Eagle is one of IMI’s most iconic products. The Desert Eagle is a massive semiautomatic handgun chambered in powerful cartridges, such as .44 Magnum and .50AE. The most distinguishing design feature of the Desert Eagle is it operates via a gas piston driven slide and rotting multi lug bolt-much more like a semiautomatic rifle than a pistol.
The Galil is an Israeli designed traditional magazine fed rifle, designed to have design aspects that emulated the ruggedness of the AK-47. Primarily chambered in 5.56 Nato, 7.62×51, 7.62×39, and .30 carbine versions also exist. The main variants were the ARM (Automatic Rifle Machinegun), SAR (Short Automatic Rifle), AR (Automatic Rifle), and the modernized ACE. Various other compact and Sniper configurations can be found.
The Negev is an open bolt belt fed LMG, chambered in 5.56. Variants include the compact SF in both belt fed and magazine fed versions, and the newer NG-7 chambered in 7.62×51 which was introduced in 2012.
The Jericho is a CZ-75 based pistol, designed in collaboration with Tanfoglio and available in both steel and polymer frames. It’s main distinction from the CZ-75 is that its barrel has polygonal rifling. Despite various “Eagle” monikers being put on it for marketing purposes, it does not operate the same way as a Desert Eagle.
The Masada, introduced in 2018, is IWI’s striker fired polymer frame pistol chambered in 9mm.
A bullpup rifle designed in the mid to late 90’s the Tavor family of weapons has had a great deal of military and commercial success. The Tavor is chambered in 5.56×45, .300 Blackout, and 5.45×39. The X95 is the product improved version of the Tavor introduced in 2009. The X95 includes a 9mm chambered variant. The newest rifle of the Tavor family is the Tavor 7, chambered in 7.62x51mm.
The Tavor line now also includes a shotgun. The Tavor TS12 is a bullpup gas operated shotgun, with three 5 round rotary tube magazines for a total of 15 rounds capacity when using 2-3/4″ shells.
IWI’s CARMEL is a traditionally laid out gas piston rifle with a polymer frame. The barrel is free floated, and it features a side folding stock with adjustable LOP and cheek riser. Other notable features are a non reciprocating charging handle and a full length top rail.
The DAN is a bolt action rifle chambered in .338. It has a free floated barrel than can be changed without the use of tools and a fully adjustable stock.
IMI/IWI have also developed cartridges such as the .50AE, .41AE and .429DE, as well as a line of suppressors from 9mm all the way to .338 Lapua Magnum.
IMI was founded in 1933, producing firearms and ammunition while still under British mandate. They are still the main weapons manufacturer for the state of Israel. One of its early projects was a secret underground ammo plant called the Ayalon Institute, built in 1945 near Rehovot. (Breaking Bad fans would recognize the plant design, as it was hidden under a laundromat, down to the giant washing machine that would slide out on rails to expose the entrance.)
Over the years, IMI closely coordinated with the IDF to design weaponry for military use, with an eye towards optimization for desert and urban combat. Technicians, designers and engineers with combat experience are the rule, not the exception within the Israeli defense industry. The first organically designed product, the Uzi, was designed and produced in the early 1950’s. Early foreign military and police customers of IMI’s designs were Portugal, Rhodesia, South Africa, and the United States.
Beginning in the 1980’s, IMI began working with various importers to bring semiautomatic firearms to market in the United States, beginning with the Uzi Model A.
In 2005, the Magen (Defense) small arms division of IMI was privatized and became IWI. With an eye to optimizing their business model for the US consumer, IWI US, inc. was established in 2013. Finally, the US could have the Tavors that our northern neighbors were enjoying for years before us. Today, IWI small arms are used by many militaries and police departments all over the world. IWI US, inc. is currently a member of SK group, a collection of Israeli Defense companies.
IWI Israel for a long time operated primarily from a factory in Ramat HaSharon. A new factory in Kiryat Gat is currently under construction. IWI also operates plants worldwide to fulfill foreign military production. IWI US’ factory is located in Middletown, PA.
5. TFB News
Many of us have been long awaiting the arrival and debut of the 7.62mm Tavor 7 and the 12 gauge TS12. Unfortunately there have been a few setbacks in getting the small arms in from Israel. In the case of the Tavor 7 the reason is that the rifle itself is a 4 MOA gun, […] Read More [Read More…]
Rumors that Israel Weapon Industries have discretely been developing a new 5.56x45mm assaultrifle/carbine have circulated for a couple of years now, culminating with a brief (since taken out) TFB post on leaked material in July 2018. For the last nine months or so, [Read More…]
If you haven’t followed our recent coverage of OSS Suppressors, the Millcreek, UT based company has undergone a near-complete transformation in the past few years. What used to be a hexagonal, multi-part suppressor that would confuse even veteran NFA owners, is now a [Read More…]
A YouTube channel called 45Snipers has published a video showing a very detailed 3D model of the IWI Tavor X95 rifle and demonstrating how different parts and assemblies of that weapon work. The animation starts with stripping the rifle down to the firing pin then [Read More…]
The IWI 40x46mm Low-Velocity UBGL/Standalone Grenade Launcher has been around for a few years but this is the first time we were able to actually get our hands on the launcher at TFB. Available for LE/Military customers worldwide, the launcher is designed to lock onto [Read More…]
6. TFB Reviews
Now don’t get me wrong. The AR-15 is an amazing platform and I own several. I love how ergonomic and modular the rifles are along with the availability of parts in the market. I have been trying to get away from the AR-15 control system and look at new options [Read More…]
In this episode of TFB TV, Edward O takes a look at the IWI Jericho 941 pistol. This Israeli handgun is built on the Cz75 design, and has seen many iterations and manufacturers over the years. It’s also found its place in popular culture, appearing in dozens of movies and tv shows, along with [Read More…]
Having used the IWI Tavor X95 for a while, one of the issues I had was the lack of a trigger guard. Like the Tavor SAR, the X95 has a cutlass style hand guard that acts as a giant trigger guard. The IDF use this hand guard as a point of contact when shooting off [Read More…]
In the photo above, you can see the 9mm Tavor laying down next to a Sig Sauer MPX SBR. My friend Matt B. and I went to the range last Friday. The MPX is his. I tried his MPX and the 9mm Tavor on a five target steel plate rack. There was no clear winner. […] [Read More…]
Pistols based on rifles or submachine guns are nothing new to the shooting world. They occupy a niche market, generally where collectors cross over with those who want something more compact than a rifle but without the paperwork of an SBR. Because these [Read More…]
I wouldn’t hesitate at all in saying the Tavor is one of the most anticipated guns to come down the pike in a good while. We have had a pretty good wait before they finally arrived on the market but as I write this distributors are beginning to get them in quantity. [Read More…]
Although soldiers in Israel Defense Forces (IDF) are most commonly seen carrying M16 rifles and M4 carbines made in the United States, the Israel Military Industries (IMI) Galil was their official rifle for almost two decades. During the Six Day War In 1967, the IDF [Read More…]
IWI’s Galil ACE series of firearms was highly anticipated by many throughout the firearms world. A series of unfortunate events with the introduction of the platform to the US market most cruelly resulted in pistols being recalled due to noncompliance of [Read More…]
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