Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) has entered the slim compact pistol market with the Masada Slim. The Masada Slim continues the companies Masada line with similar features like the flat trigger with safety blade and modular, serialized high-grade steel trigger mechanism housing. Like the full-size Masada, that trigger mechanism is easily removed for cleaning and maintenance.
Features and Specifications
The IWI Masada Slim is a compact, polymer striker-fired pistol. Currently offered in 9mm, the Masada Slim comes with two 13 round magazines. It weighs 1.27 pounds without the magazine and 1.4 pounds with the mag inserted.
Like the full-size Masada, the Masada Slim also comes with interchangeable backstraps for shooters with larger or smaller hands. It also retains the ambidextrous magazine release button of the original model. A forward picatinny rail allows the addition of lights and other accessories. The barrel length is 3.4 inches. This looks to be IWI’s answer to the Sig Sauer P365XL, Springfield Armory Hellcat Pro, and Glock 43X.
The Masada Slim comes with a white front dot sight and a blacked-out rear sight. Sight cuts are the same on the Masada Slim as on the full-size Masada, while the slide utilizes the RMS Shield optics cut for direct optic mounting options. This footprint also allows the user to run the Holosun EPS Carry, 507K X2, Sig Romeo Zero, and similar optics.
The IWI Masada Slim is expected to hit dealer shelves in late Quarter 2 or early Quarter 3 of 2022. MSRP on the gun is $450.
William “Bucky” Lawson is a self-described “typical Appalachian-American gun enthusiast”. He is a military historian specializing in World War II and has written a few things, as he says, “here and there”. A featured contributor for Strategy & Tactics, he likes dogs, range time, and a good cigar – preferably with an Old Fashioned that has an extra orange slice.