The Best Sources for Buying Israeli Guns and Parts

My firearms dealers will freely tell you that I have rather unique and eclectic taste in firearms. I often get asked by people “where did you get THAT?” Well, the answer is “a few different places”. After the jump, my favorite sources for Israeli guns and parts…

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Meprolight Tru-Dot RDS Review

 

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One of the exciting new entrants to the “combat grade but affordable” optics arena is the new Meprolight Tru-Dot RDS (Red Dot Sight). The Tru-Dot is an interesting combination of form factor and features, and retails at an MSRP of $400.

I purchased one for use on my Tavor. How did it go? More after the jump.

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Black Friday Deal Alert: Mepro Tru-Dot for $280

I have a review of the Israeli-made Meprolight Tru-Dot pending (just need to get some pictures put together), but believe me when I say that it’s a great deal even at the $400 MSRP.

The IDF Holsters website (run by Mako Group) is going to be selling the Meprolight Tru-Dot for $280 starting on Thanksgiving morning when you use the “TAKE30” coupon code. That is not just a deal, that’s like the best damn deal on a combat-grade optic I’ve seen all year.  If you’re looking at buying a nice new reflex sight for your AR or Tavor, this is a deal you should be taking advantage of.

IDF M16 Variants: Menusar

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As I mentioned in a previous post, “standardization” is not a virtue the IDF seems to put a lot of stock in as a military.  It is not uncommon to see many different sorts of Colt M16s in the IDF, ranging from model 603 M16A1s and model 653 CAR-15s to M16A2s and relatively-new M4 carbines.

But one common M16 variant in the IDF was never sold by Colt at all, and is a product of Israeli experiences with urban warfare: the Menusar.

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The KSN Kareen Mks II and III

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Inevitably, upon looking at the Kareen MkII or MkIII, the knowledgeable gun owner will pronounce it to be an Arcus 94 clone. “Look at the beaver tail! Look at the squared off trigger guard!” And, in fairness, this is a reasonable assumption to make. They really do look similar… but only at first glance. Read on for more about this interesting piece of Israeli firearms history.

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Upcoming IWI-US Releases

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I regard the entry of IWI into the US civilian market as one of the biggest firearms stories of the decade – and, yeah, that’s with half the decade to go. Michael Kassnar deserves a huge amount of credit for making this happen, and the entire IWI-US organization should be lauded for what is the most flawless roll-out of a totally new product in recent memory with the Tavor (and accompanying 9mm conversion kit).

Their execution after the Tavor, however, hasn’t been as fast and clean as I’d like. The 5.45×39 conversion got cancelled for somewhat dubious reasons (no reliable US made magazines? Really.), the .300AAC conversion barrel has been MIA, and the Uzi Pro Pistol was delayed due to its propensity to stop being semi-auto. Don’t even get me started on the spare parts situation. The Tavor is great, and still selling well, but you can only rest on your laurels so long.

Thankfully, IWI-US seems to have made some moves lately, and they have some great products in the pipeline!

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