SHOT 2023: IWI US Carmel Rifle

The new hotness from IWI (Israel Weapon Industries) is the United States version of their popular Carmel rifle. The original Carmel is a weapons system made for combat overseas while the US version is a semi-automatic designed for public use here in the States.  The IWI US Carmel is chambered in 5.56 NATO and has a bevy of features that are fantastic for tactical applications but also useful for range use and even hunting.

IWI launched a US version of their popular Carmel rifle. (Photo credit: IWI)

IWI’s US Carmel rifle is a semiautomatic, short-stroke, gas piston platform chambered in 5.56 NATO with a locking, rotating bolt system. This is a fully ambidextrous platform that is excellent for both right- and left-handed shooters and also those shooting mirror. Thanks to MLOK slots at the 3, 6 and 9 positions and a full-length Picatinny rail it’s easy to add optics and whatever aftermarket accessories the user desires.

The rifle is machined from durable steel and aviation-grade aluminum for superior longevity and resistance to use-related wear. Some parts are made using high-impact modified polymer designed to stand up to the elements and withstand the expected bumps and scrapes of serious use.

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The rifle has a full-length Picatinny rail so it’s simple to mount an optic. (Photo credit: IWI)

Features of the IWI US Carmel rifle include:

  • 5.56 NATO chambering.
  • Ambidextrous controls for versatility.
  • Two-position gas regulator to better suit suppressed use.
  • Cold hammer forged, free-floating barrel for greater accuracy.
  • Full-length Picatinny rail for the addition of optics.
  • M-LOK compatible slots for aftermarket accessories such as lights and lasers.
  • Corrosion resistant.
  • Compatible with any standard AR-15 magazine.
  • Fully adjustable side folding stock to fit the gun to the user.
  • Enlarged trigger guard for easy access even while wearing gloves.
  • Ships with Magpul PMAG Gen 3 30-round magazine.
  • Empty weight of 8 Lbs., 2 Oz.
  • 1 in 7 twist rate.
  • 16-inch barrel length, making the gun more maneuverable in close quarters.
  • Three attachment points for the addition of a sling.
  • Designed for tactical applications, range use, and hunting.

MSRP for the IWI US Carmel rifle is set at $1799.00.

Kat Ainsworth Stevens is a long-time outdoor writer, official OGC (Original Gun Cognoscenti), and author of Handgun Hunting: a Comprehensive Guide to Choosing and Using the Right Firearms for Big and Small Game. Der Teufel Katze has written for a number of industry publications (print and online) and edited some of the others, so chances are you’ve seen or read her work before, somewhere. A woman of eclectic background and habits, Kat has been carrying concealed for over two decades, used to be a farrier, and worked for a long time in emergency veterinary medicine. She prefers big bores, enjoys K9 Search & Rescue, and has a Master’s Degree in Pitiless Snarkastic Delivery.