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The Latest Wonder Nine, Reviewing the IWI Masada

The American pistol scene is awash with polymer-framed, striker-fired handguns. In a boringly homogeneous market, the advent of pistol-mounted miniature red dot sights (RDS) is a real game-changer. Folks have custom milled their pistol slides for miniature red dot sights (RDS) for some time. Most companies listened to the plight of their customers and now offer optics ready handguns. Pistols equipped with RDSs are the new “Wonder Nines” of the 21st Century.  

Design Characteristics

Israeli Weapons Industries (IWI) has released its long-awaited Masada handgun as of the publication of this article. Made in Israel, the 9mm Masada is polymer-framed and striker-fired. The Masada primarily follows the lines of traditional striker-fired pistols along with modern touches. The pistol utilizes a low bore axis and an ergonomic grip. These features should make the Masada a very comfortable shooter.

Specs and Features

The IWI Masada ticks all the boxes: 

  • Short Recoil Dropping Barrel Action
  • Cold Hammer Forged Barrel with Polygonal Rifling 
  • Optics Ready Slide Supporting Most RDSs
  • M1913 Picatinny Accessory Rail
  • Front and Rear Slide Serrations 
  • 17 Round Magazine (Ships with Two 17 Round Magazines) 
  • Loaded Chamber Indicator 
  • Interchangeable Backstraps, Small, Medium and Large
  • Blade Style Trigger Safety with Additional Internal Safeties 
  • Sig Style Take Down Lever 
  • Ambidextrous Controls 
  • 5-7lb Trigger Weight


  • Barrel Length: 4.1 inches
  • Total Length: 7.4 inches 
  • Weight: 1.4 pounds

One Frame, Many Options

Similar to other modern striker-fired polymer handguns, the Masada uses a modular internal steel frame. This serialized frame is the actual “pistol”. The frame holds the trigger and makes up the frame rails for the slide. Other pistols that use this setup often offer additional frames in different sizes that can use the same frame. One could surmise that IWI will do this with future products as well. 

A Tradition of Quality

IWI is known for making famously rugged, nearly soldier proof firearms. Also, the company is not new to the handgun game. IWI produces the Jericho line of pistols, which are derived from the iconic CZ75. IWI is a world-famous arms manufacturer, known for making firearms for the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) and various other nations' militaries. The Masada is intended for military, law enforcement and prepared civilians. IWI distributes the Masada to the American market through its subsidiary IWI US.

Ready to Buy?

We are delighted to be one of the first retailers to offer the Masada. This handgun represents an amazing value with the most up to date, desirable features. IWI’s quality is legendary and we think the Masada will carry on that proud tradition. Get your Masada now!


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