IWI ARAD : Yawn.


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.


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

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

Retractable polymer stock
Highly ergonomic pistol grip
Fully Ambidextrous weapon
4 points along the rifle for QD or Cord attachments
Caliber: 5.56X45mm
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.


  1. I’d like to know how often combat units are changing calibers? What calibers? Why?

    I want something designed for the Home Guard (I’m not Infantry, or Special units, or Law Enforcement).

    • Yea, one thing I never see brought up is when they are always touting the quick change barrel they never seem to mention, you also have to re-zero optics or irons sights with that quick change barrel. so what time save or use is it really?

      • You’re right, this is something that’s never really addressed. Being able to change a barrel quickly without specialized tools or jigs or excessive wear on mating surfaces has benefits from a maintenance standpoint but you’re never going to solve the BZO issues. If someone thinks they’ll just hump a DMR barrel in their ruck to swap out for their CQB length rig and be off to the races they’re in for a surprise.

        Logistically for agencies with multiple mission sets where only one rifle isn’t ideal the ‘one weapon and multiple barrel system’ *might* be beneficial. In theory, just a QD barrel assembly w/ bolt will be cheaper than, say, an entirely separate rifle or a complete upper receiver assembly in terms of an AR. You still have the BZO issue amongst others but you’re controlling the configuration in a more centralized way.

        • I know right once ArmaLite made their direct impingement rifle there was no reason for anyone to make another rifle there after all companies AR-15 piston and direct impingement rifle should stop immediately we only need one brand to hell with competition and keeping the prices down

  2. Remember that Israel has faced similar sanctions to South Africa previously. Domestic manufacture of firearms is important to their national security. There will be a time when Democrats have complete control of the US gov’t and US military aid is no more.

    That said, Israel makes solid weaponry and AFAIK, the Galil ACE is entirely manufactured in Columbia.

  3. I think it’s only for outside of the US. IWI-US didn’t post it.
    Their main market is foreign armies so probably some countries ask for AR platform.
    Don’t make any sense selling it in the US. Unless the have contracts with law-enforcement in the US.


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