The Israelis have been busy

Last week was a big one for IWI. The Israeli gunmaker responsible for the UZI, Jericho and Galil introduced both their Masada line of 9mm polymer-framed striker-fired pistols and Tavor 7 AR bullpup rifle in 7.62×51mm NATO.

The 7 AR is slathered with an M-LOK fore-end and a removable Picatinny rail for accessories and optics, the rifle comes in two barrel lengths (17 and 20-inches) and four color patterns (Sniper Gray, OD Green, Black, and Flat Dark Earth) for a wide array of options. Overall length is listed at 28.4-inches, though it is not immediately clear which barrel length that is based on.

On the Masada, some 7.49-inches long in its full-size introductory model complete with a 4-inch barrel, the combat-style handgun tips the scales at 23-ounces unloaded. Features include an integral MIL-STD 1913 Picatinny rail for accessories, front and rear slide serrations and a cold hammer-forged polygonal rifled barrel.

More on Masada here and the 7 AR Tavor here in my column, in case you are interested. I intend to check both out at SHOT Show in January.

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Let me introduce myself. I am a bit of a conflict junkie. I am fascinated by war and warfare, assassination, personal protection and weaponry ranging from spud guns and flame throwers to thermonuclear bombs and Soviet-trained Ebola monkeys. In short, if it’s violent or a tool to create violence it is kind of my thing. I have written a few thousand articles on the dry encyclopedia side for such websites as, University of Guns, Outdoor Hub, Tac-44, History Times, Big Game Hunter, Glock Forum, Firearms, and Combat Forums; as well as for print publications like England Expects, and Strike First Strike Fast. Several magazines such as Sea Classics, Military Historian and Collector, Mississippi Sportsman and Warship International have carried my pieces. Additionally I am on staff as a naval consultant and writer for Eye Spy Intelligence Magazine. Currently I am working on several book projects including an alternative history novel about the US-German War of 1916, and a biography of Southern gadfly and soldier of fortune Bennett Doty. My first novel, about the coming zombie apocalypse was released in 2012 by Necro Publications and can be found at as was the prequel, Chimera-44. I am currently working on book two of that series: "Pirates of the Zombie Coast." In my day job I am a contractor for the U.S. federal government in what could best be described as the ‘Force Protection’ field. In this I am an NRA-certified firearms, and less-than-lethal combat instructor.

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