Welcome to the first issue of the IWI US monthly email newsletter, Close Quarters.
While we launched in 2012, our story first began more than 80 years ago in Israel with the design and manufacturing of some of the world’s most iconic firearms. The unique dynamic of close collaboration between firearms designers, engineers and the elite Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has resulted in the development of the game-changing brands you’ve come to know, including the Tavor®, NEGEV®, Galil® ACE, UZI® Pro and Jericho®.
In every newsletter, you'll receive a piece of our company’s history, as well as updates, product highlights, videos and more. At IWI US, we know our customers and fans are responsible for our success, so we will also be offering exclusive promotions and contests just for subscribers. Look for opportunities to send us photos of and stories about your favorite IWI US firearm for your chance to win and be featured in a future newsletter.
Thank you for your continued patronage and loyalty, we hope you enjoy Close Quarters.
Sincerely, Michael Kassnar
VP, Sales & Marketing
IWI US, Inc.
In the 1960’s, the Israeli military was searching for a weapon to replace the Fabrique Nationale Fusil Automatique Léger, better known as the FN FAL. The FAL was too hard to maneuver in the confines of a vehicle and would frequently jam due to the heavy dust and sand of the desert. The gun had to be stripped and cleaned before it was usable again. It got so bad that there were reports of Israeli soldiers actually exchanging their FAL’s for AK-47’s taken from dead or captured enemy combatants.
It was clear a new issue rifle was needed and Israel put out a request for gunmakers to bring them their best. The M16, AK-47 and HK-33 were all considered, but ultimately an ingenious weapon designed by Yisrael Galil was chosen. It was born from the best traits of its mother and father, the Finnish RK 62 and the legendary AK-47.
FN FAL (1953)
Enter the Galil®. It had a folding stock that made it easy to use in close quarters or vehicular combat. Like the AK-47, the Galil® was as reliable as they come and could keep on fighting through any dust, grime or abuse that the battlefield could conjure up. Unlike the AK-47, the Galil® featured a milled receiver, had better sights, a flash hider and accuracy the AK-47 could only dream of. It was essentially an AK-47 that had evolved into something far greater.
The Galil® worked so well that the Israeli army used it as its standard issue fighter of terror and its defender of freedom for 30 years. The Galil® was an excellent gun; however, it hadn’t reached perfection yet. While the milled steel receiver made it tough and accurate, it was heavy; the gun weighed in at 9.6 pounds. IWI decided to modernize the gun.
IWI Galil (1972)
The new Galil® kept the machined steel upper receiver but added a lower housing made out of high impact polymer. This helped reduce the gun’s weight to a trim 6.2 pounds. The internal mechanism of the gun was then sealed with a cover, adding additional protection from sand and dirt. A Picatinny rail, folding adjustable stock and iron sights with tritium were also added. The new Galil® ACE features a sniper trigger and an improved gas tube that decreases barrel vibration and increases accuracy.
With the modernized and refined Galil® ACE, the Galil®’s evolution is finally complete and has achieved a long sought after perfection. The world has noticed and the Galil® ACE is quickly being adopted by nations and militaries around the globe.
A civilian model is also available; learn more about the modernized rifle here.
PRODUCT HIGHLIGHT: TAVOR® SAR BOLT PARTS KIT
You plan a day at the range with your buddies and your Tavor®; everyone is excited to have the opportunity to shoot your bullpup. You have plenty of ammo, a firing line reserved and the day is beautiful, but while setting up you notice something is not right. Sound familiar?
Whether it’s a spring gone bad or a missing pin, the lack of the smallest part can be the biggest pain; however, you came prepared and ready to resolve any problem with the IWI US Tavor® Bolt Parts Kit, affectionately known as a “survival kit.” It contains all the essential spare bolt parts you need for your Tavor® SAR 5.56 NATO. All parts are factory made and available online for $49.99.
The Tavor® SAR 5.56 NATO Bolt Parts Kit includes:
(1) Firing pin
(1) Firing pin spring
(1) Bolt guide pin
(1) Extractor spring
(1) Extractor pivot
(1) Ejector spring
(1) Ejector spring guide
(1) Ejector securing pin
SEND US YOUR PHOTO AND WIN
Do you want to win a hat from IWI US? Send us a photo of you and your Tavor® or Jericho® and you could be a winner! We’ll also feature your photo in next month’s issue of Close Quarters for everyone to see. Please send all photos to email@example.com with subject line ‘IWI US Contest’ no later than Wednesday, June 10, 2015 to be eligible to win. Winner will be contacted directly by email.
IWI US, Inc. is the USA-based subsidiary of Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) Ltd. of Ramat Hasharon, Israel and a member of the SK Group, a leading defense and security group of companies that operate in the global defense and security markets. Products include Tavor®, NEGEV®, Galil® ACE, UZI® Pro and Jericho®.