IWI Gets into the AR Game with New U.S.-made ZION Series Rifles
By Chris Eger
The ZION Z-15 will be IWI’s first U.S.-made rifle. (Photos: Chris Eger/Guns.com)
Augmenting their distinctive Galil and assorted bullpup rifles, IWI is now the latest gun maker to wade into the AR-15 pool with their new ZION series.
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. It will be fully manufactured at the new IWI US facility in Middletown, Pennsylvania.
The rifle, which uses a 16-inch 1-in-8 twist barrel and a mid-length gas system, will be made in Pennsylvania.
“IWI/SK Group has invested a significant amount of time and money into this process in order to have a long-standing business venture in the United States and to continue to serve the American public with high-quality firearms well into the future,” said Jeremy Gresham, Director of Sales and Marketing of IWI US in a statement. “The ZION 15 and the manufacturing equipment it brings, fully establishes IWI US roots here in the United States.”
The ZION 15 uses a 16-inch 4150 chrome moly vanadium HB barrel with a 15-inch free-float M-LOK