Pennsylvania-based IWI U.S. continues to expand its new ZION series of AR-15s with a 12.5-inch mid-length Tactical Pistol.
The Z15TAC12 model doubles down on the company’s new 5.56 NATO AR platforms which were only introduced earlier this year and are fully manufactured at the new IWI US facility in Middletown, Pennsylvania. Direct gas impingement with an 11.5-inch free float handguard, adjustable SB Tactical SBA3 stabilizing brace, and a B5 Systems grip, the pistol weighs 6.5-pounds.
The first M4-style rifle from IWI US, the ZION 15 was developed as an anchor of sorts for the company to ensure their products will be available here in the states should future restrictions shut the door to imported guns of certain types.
More in my column at Guns.com.
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.
The IWI USA ZION 15
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!