IWI Begins Making…AR-15s?
Israeli-based IWI has been making inroads to establish a serious U.S. operation for years. In 2017, this included moving to a new Pennsylvania facility with increased “space for manufacturing, assembly and warehousing areas.”
It turns out that the facility is going to make AR-15s.
Dubbed the ZION series, they use a 16-inch 4150 chrome moly vanadium HB barrel with a 15-inch free-float M-LOK Handguard, along with an adjustable B5 Systems stock and grip. The rifle uses a mid-length gas system, includes a top Pic rail and ships with one 30-round Magpul PMAG.
It is thought the new plant will help provide a hedge against any future import bans on semi-auto rifles from Israel, as the facility here in the U.S. can roll their own.
Of course, I don’t know why IWI would come to the U.S. from Israel and open up a McDonald’s franchise when everyone wants a Roladin.
What they should have done is start cranking out legit U.S.-made Galils. Give the people what they really want!