IWI has built an impressive reputation in the firearms world with guns like the Masada and Jericho pistols, UZI, and Tavor, each of which features unique, ground-breaking designs. New for 2020, the company expanded its reach into the American market with the Zion-15, an AR-15-style rifle built in Middletown, PA. 

While it’s hardly as sexy as previous firearms from IWI, the Zion-15 makes good, practical sense for the company. First, since the Zion-15 is produced stateside — and is very unsurprisingly chambered in 5.56 NATO — IWI is able to avoid complications arising from import restrictions, thus giving the company a sure footing in the American market for years to come. Second, the introduction of a base-model AR-15-type rifle allows the company to expand its offerings in the future.

It’s great news for consumers, who get a budget-friendly rifle with IWI quality. The Zion-15 carries an MSRP of $899 and, like Henry Ford’s Model T, comes in any color so long as it’s black. In terms of other features, the Zion-15 runs off the standard direct-gas-impingement system, has a 16-inch barrel with 1:8-inch twist and 15-inch free-floated handguard with M-Lok attachment points. 

The Zion-15 ships with a B5 adjustable stock and grip. Other features include righthand controls and forward assist.

The upper receiver features a full-length Picatinny top rail,