First Look: IWI US Masada Pistol

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posted on November 13, 2017
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IWI US announced the introduction of its first-ever striker-fired pistol in 2017, entering a crowded US market with a gun that's loaded with a number of features designed to make it stand out from the pack.

This is our first entry into the striker-fired pistol market, and we are very pleased with the results," IWI US CEO Casey Flack said. "Having a completely ambidextrous system, coupled with IWI's famous performance, will make this a serious contender for civilian and government customers."

The IWI US Masada pistol, named for the famous ancient fortification in which Jewish rebels fought against the Roman army nearly 2,000 years ago, is built as a battle-ready handgun. The frame is constructed from glass-reinforced polymer made to withstand tremendous punishment, while the cold-hammer-forged barrel features proven polygonal rifling in a 1:10-inch right-hand rate of twist. The pistol weighs 22.9 ounces without a magazine.

Inside the pistol, users will find a number of industry-standard safety features, including a firing-pin block and a built-in trigger safety. The Masada pistol is designed to provide shooters with a crisp, clean trigger pull paired with a short reset that allows for accurate shooting with quick follow-up shots.

One of the other included safety features is a takedown mechanism that allows users to field-strip the pistol without pulling the trigger, eliminating the potential for a negligent discharge to occur during cleaning and maintenance. For those who prefer a manual safety, IWI US will provide models of the Masada pistol with thumb safeties, adding yet another layer of security.

The IWI US Masada pistol is purpose-built to allow for easy manipulation and shooting, thanks to front and rear cocking serrations located on the slide that ensure users can rack the gun without issue. The company also included an improved grip angle that's designed to promote more comfortable, intuitive shooting.

Other elements of the new Masada pistol include ambidextrous slide stops and magazine releases, making the pistol usable for both left- and right-handed shooters. All models of the Masada also include 3-dot tritium-illuminated night sights made by Meprolight.

IWI US will roll out the Masada pistol in early 2018, offering models in OD green, black and flat dark earth.

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