IWI Carmel assault rifle (Israel)

IWI Carmel assault rifle is a new prototype weapon, first displayed to public during LAAD 2019 exhibition that took place in Brazil in April of 2019. It appears that rifle is still in development and no date of initial production was announced as of yet. It is also obvious that this rifle is intended primary for export, as Israeli Defense Forces are buying bullpup style assault rifles from IWI, such as Tavor TAR-21 and X95.


IWI Carmel assault rifle

IWI Carmel assault rifle (image: IWI via EDR magazine)


IWI Carmel assault rifle is gas operated, select-fire weapon which uses short stroke gas piston. It has manual gas regulator and uses conventional rotary bolt locking. Its upper receiver is made from a;aluminum alloy, and lower receiver along with most furniture is made from polymer. Rifle is designed with easily detachable barrels, which are proposed in four lengths, from 27 to 41 cm (10,5 to 20 inches). IWI Carmel assault rifle is built with fully ambidextrous controls, and can use all types of STANAG-compliant (M16-compatible) magazines. It features adjustable side-folding shoulder stock with adjustable cheek rest. Any type of sighting equipment can be fitted to integrated Picatinny rail. Optional 40mm grenade launcher can be mounted below the barrel.


Specification Value
Full text name IWI Carmel assault rifle (Israel)
Caliber cartridge 5.56x45 NATO, .223 Remington
Action type select-fire
Trigger type sa
Overall length, mm 721-806 (with 267mm barrel)
Length, folded, mm 526 (with 267mm barrel)
Barrel length, mm 267, 305, 368, 406
Weight empty, kg 3.3 (with 267mm barrel)
Magazine capacity, rounds 30
Cyclic rate of fire, rounds/min 850