Israel Weapon Industries is keeping busy these days with its latest launch of the MASADA line of Striker-fired pistols for military, law enforcement, and civilian markets.
The first model, the full-size 9mm MASADA, will be exhibited at Defense and Security Thailand, Milipol (Paris) France, and Expodefensa Colombia.
It has several advanced safety mechanisms including a firing pin block safety, a clean and crisp trigger reset with a built-in trigger safety, and a fast, easy and safe takedown – with no need to pull the trigger, according to an IWI press release.
The pistol can be provided with or without manual safety. It has an easy racked slide with improved front and rear cocking serrations, enhanced ergonomics with the IWI grip angle, and a low barrel axis for reduced recoil.
The body has a glass-reinforced polymer frame as well as a polygonal cold hammer forged barrel with a 1:10RH twist rate.
“We are proud to launch this new line of pistols – the MASADA – following a development process that took several years, based on requests from our customers,” said Shlomi Sabag, IWI’s CEO. “The new Striker-based line places special emphasis on operational safety and simplicity of maintenance, as well as a high level of ergonomics and ease of use.”
Additional features include fully ambidextrous operating controls and fixed 3-dot tritium illuminated Meprolight night sights.
The pistol has an overall length of 6.6 inches with a barrel length of 4.1 inches, and with a trigger pull weighing 5.5-7.0 pounds, and a weight without the magazine of 22.9 ounces.
IWI has not released a price yet. The MASADA will be available in four colors: Sniper Gray, OD Green, Black, and Flat Dark Earth.