Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) produces a number of solid firearms; perhaps none more popular than the IWI Tavor. The most recent iteration of that Tavor line is the IWI Tavor 7, which is a serious alternative to ARs and AKs. The manufacturer, however, recently made headlines for something different — well, at least for IWI. It announced its very first M4-style carbine: The IWI Zion 15. Sure, the rifle comes a little late to the party and enters an extremely crowded field. But at first glance, there’s a lot to like about the Zion.

IWI Zion 15 Details

The Zion sports a 16-inch barrel constructed of 4150 chrome moly vandium, along with a 15-inch free float handguard. A B5 System Stock and grip come standard, as does a 30-round Magpul PMAG. The stock collapses down to 33 inches and pushes out to 36.25 inches fully extended.

Known for the Tavor, UZI and even the Jericho and Masada pistol, the Zion presents an interesting turn for IWI. A product clearly focused on American market, it opens the door for so much more development in this realm.

Any way you cut it, the AR-15 remains the most popular rifle type in America. So IWI, welcome to the party. You seem off to a solid start. For more information, visit For a review of the popular Jericho 941 from IWI, please visit

IWI Zion-15 Specs

  • Caliber: 5.56 NATO
  • Action: Semi-Auto
  • Operating System: Direct Impingement
  • Magazine Type: Polymer NATO STANAG
  • Overall Magazine Capacity: 30-round
  • Barrel Material: 4150 Chrome Moly Vandium HB
  • Overall Barrel Length: 16 inches
  • Overall Length: 33 inches (stock collapsed), 36.25 inches (stock extended)
  • Weight: 6.5 pounds (without magazine)
  • Gas-Length: Mid-Length
  • Rifling: 6 RH Grooves, 1:8 Twist
  • Stock Type: Adjustable B5
  • MSRP: $899.99

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