So big news today if you are a fan of Israeli guns. IWI has jumped into the AR market, not just any AR though. Get this. Its a piston AR!. Finally what the world has been waiting for. Obviously I am not impressed. Really nothing they have come up with in the shoulder fired small arms world has impressed me. Yeah the UZI was a big hit but since then.. The Galil is too heavy , the tavor.. Yeah. It’s a bullpup. Now we see them making an AR. Which is like when S&W started making 1911s. It’s a form of accepting reality of the market.
So now we see they have a piston AR. It does nothing other piston ARs can’t do. It is also just as unnecessary as all the other piston ARs.
HIGHLY & RELIABLE MODULAR BATTLE RIFLE
IWI ARAD Assault Rifle is designed for Infantry use, Special units and Law Enforcement units.
IWI ARAD is especially intended for all kinds of combat scenarios with it’s ability to change calibers.
IWI ARAD is equipped with a picatinny rail to enable the use of a variety of optics and other attachments. The picatinny rail is an integral part of the upper receiver of the rifle. In addition, M-LOK rails at the 3, 6 and 9 o’clock positions along the handguard. It includes a telescopic buttstock which allows the users to adjust the length individually for their particular needs.
The modular structure of the rifle enables the user to easily dismantle and replace the barrel. The weapon is fully ambidextrous with controls on both sides of the rifle.
IWI ARAD Assault Rifle is a short stroke gas piston operated, with a regulator which allows constant operation in all environmental conditions
Short-stroke gas piston
2 position gas regulator – Regular/Suppressor use
Optional: MIL-STD 1913/M-LOK accessory rails at the 3, 6 and 9 o’clock positions
Hard-anodized monolithic aluminum MIL-STD 1913 Rail in the upper receiver
ADVANTAGES AND BENEFITS
Designed for minimum operator and armorer level maintenance, thus reducing maintenance and life cycle costs
100% interchangeability, reducing the overall costs of the system
All the metal parts of the weapon are corrosion resistant
Hammer-forged, chrome-lined, free-floating barrel, for enhanced accuracy & life cycle
Quick detachable barrel – barrel can be replaced by a user in a matter of seconds
Uses any NATOMIL STD 5.56 Steel, aluminum or polymer magazines
OPTIMIZED ERGONOMIC DESIGN
Retractable polymer stock
Highly ergonomic pistol grip
Fully Ambidextrous weapon
4 points along the rifle for QD or Cord attachments
Rifling: 6 RH Grooves, 1:7″ twist
Barrel length (mm) : 292 (11.5″)
Total length, butt retracted (mm): 720
Total length, butt extended (mm): 800
Weight (pprox.. Kg) (w/o magazine): 2.85
Rate of fire (pprox.. Rd./min): 700~1100
Maybe next they will do something even more revolutionary like introduced a polymer frames striker fired pistol.