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 pistol with be available in the first quarter of 2018.
Israel Weapon Industries (IWI), located in the center of Israel, is a world leader in small arms for over 80 years. IWI is a member of SK Group, which comprises companies that develop and manufacture a wide array of defense products for governmental entities, armies, and law enforcement agencies around the world. IWI’s best-known products include the TAVOR, X95 (MICRO TAVOR), and GALIL ACE Assault Rifles, the GALIL Sniper Rifle, the DAN.338 Bolt Action Sniper Rifle, the NEGEV Light Machine Gun 5.56 & 7.62 mm, the legendary UZI SMG in its latest evolution – UZI PRO, the JERICHO pistols, and the new MASADA striker-based pistols. The company’s firearms are developed in close collaboration with the Israel Defense Forces (IDF): IWI and the IDF join forces in developing these weapons, whose final configurations are the product of ongoing interaction, field tests, and modifications, resulting from combat requirements and experience. All IWI weapon systems comply with the most stringent military standards (MIL-STD) and ISO 9000 standards.
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