IWI US Expands Into the Cold Hammer Forged Barrel Biz

Galil ACE (courtesy iwi.us)

IWI US sells TTAG’s 2013 Readers’ Choice Rifle of the Year.” You may recall that Nick and the boyz are huge Tavor fans. We look forward to getting our hands on the Galil Ace like insert smutty reference here. Building on its success, IWI US is expanding its operations inside the Land of the Free, producing cold-hammer forged barrels for their own products and US OEM customers. [Full press release after the jump.] “The IWI US barrel producing facility is using brand new GFM cold hammer forging machinery producing barrels with tighter tolerances than many currently on the market today.” Made in America for Americans by an Israeli company. No complaints here . . .

 Harrisburg, Pa. IWI US, Inc., a subsidiary of Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) Ltd., and producers of the 2014 American Rifleman “Rifle of the Year” TAVOR® SAR, are now expanding their manufacturing capabilities by producing cold-hammer forged barrels for themselves and OEM customers in the United States. The IWI US barrel producing facility is using brand new GFM cold hammer forging machinery producing barrels with tighter tolerances than many currently on the market today. Barrel blanks are precision machined, drilled and honed to exacting standards on state-of-the-art deep hole drilling and honing machines. Having the benefit of IWI Israel’s over 50 years’ experience in manufacturing precision MIL-SPEC barrels, IWI US is already lined up to  start producing AR-15 and M4 barrels for several leading US firearms manufacturers.

“Barrel manufacturing is a key element of our long term strategy to have the capability to manufacture key components of our firearms in the United States.” Michael Kassnar, VP of Sales and Marketing at IWI US commented. “The combination of IWI’s experience with the latest manufacturing technology will allow us to produce the finest cold hammer forged barrels available.”

For additional information on IWI US OEM barrel program email [email protected] or visit IWI US at the 2016 SHOT Show, booth 15138

For more information, please visit www.iwi.us.

About IWI US, Inc.

IWI US, Inc. is the USA based subsidiary of Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) Ltd. of Ramat Hasharon, Israel and a member of the SK Group, a leading defense and security group of companies that operate in the global Defense and Law Enforcement markets. The IWI US line of products includes several configurations of the TAVOR® SAR, Jericho® 941™ pistol, UZI® PRO pistol and Galil ACE® rifles and pistols.


  1. avatar Bernard says:

    Still waiting for the Micro Tavor…

    1. avatar BillC says:

      That’s what she said.

  2. avatar Josh V. says:

    Aside from FN and Daniel Defense who else is producing chf barrels for the US market?

    1. avatar Raoul Duke says:

      Ruger and Rim Country Manufacturing I believe.

  3. avatar Reef Blastbody says:

    So when are they going to offer a .300BLK Tavor or a .300BLK barrel?

    1. avatar Jeff the Griz says:


  4. avatar BigBoy says:

    Is the new facility located in a gun friendly stafe? Otherwise, I won’t buy.

    1. avatar Dave says:

      Assuming they’re not moving anything out of PA, we’re pretty gun-friendly here.

      1. avatar Wade Garret says:

        Until our douche bag governor gets tired of destroying the gas, oil, and coal industries and moves on to guns. He has shown repeatedly that he is in perfect step with the president.

  5. avatar Tim U says:

    Great, but wouldn’t it be better to actually get the Galil ace right?

  6. avatar Sixpack70 says:

    Is that a third hole I see on that Galil? Ooops. I want one of the new Galils, but I think I’ll settle for the Galil kit I have sitting here and build it instead. It will take AR mags and be 5.56. Should be fun!

  7. avatar Geoff PR says:

    Can any of the gunsmiths here clue me as to how, after beating the crap out of the barrel with the mandrel inside, how the hell do they get the mandrel back out?

    Heat the barrel red and hope it drops out?

    1. avatar slow joe crow says:

      My understanding is that you just rotate the mandrel until it leaves the barrel, like unscrewing a bolt.The mandrel is an interference fit in the finished barrel so you don’t need a lot of force.
      My go to reference is here http://firearmshistory.blogspot.com/2010/05/rifling-manufacturing-hammer-forged.html?m=0

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