Israel Weapon Industries has been teasing us for awhile now about their upcoming products in 2018. I’m personally drooling over the Tavor 7 but IWI isn’t stopping on that rifle alone.
The MASADA family of striker-fired pistols for military, law enforcement and civilian purchase will be available in the first quarter of 2018.
Ramat HaSharon, Israel, (November 3, 2017)– Israel Weapon Industries(IWI), an SK Group member – a leader in the production of combat-proven small arms for law enforcement agencies, governments, and armies around the world – is proud to announce the U.S. introduction of the MASADA family of striker-fired pistols for military, law enforcement and civilian purchase.
The MASADA has passive safety mechanisms, including a firing pin block safety and a crisp trigger reset with a built-in trigger safety. It features a fast, easy and safe takedown mechanism with no need to pull the trigger for disassembly. The pistol comes in another variant which utilizes a thumb activated manual safety. The slide comes standard with improved front and rear cocking serrations and enhanced ergonomics with an improved grip angle. The low barrel axis reduces recoil and improves sight recovery. The body is a glass-reinforced polymer frame with a polygonal cold hammer forged barrel in a 1:10RH twist.
Additional features include fully ambidextrous slide stop and magazine release with standard fixed 3-dot tritium illuminated Meprolight night sights. The weight without the magazine is 22.9 ounces (650 g). The MASADA will be available in three colors: OD Green, Black and Flat Dark Earth (FDE).
Casey Flack, CEO of IWI US stated, “This is our first entry into the striker fired pistol market and we are very pleased with the results. Having a completely ambidextrous system, coupled with IWI’s famous performance, will make this a serious contender for civilian and government customers.”
The MASADA is entering a well contested field of striker fired polymer pistols but if their success with the Tavor rifles against the AR saturated market is any indication of their drive to succeed with the new pistol they will do just fine.