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IWI Carmel Rifle

  • June 4, 2024
  • By Jared Daub
IWI Carmel Rifle

The IWI Carmel Rifle is a unique mix between controls of an AR15, and something that feels very “spaceship” like. It’s an interesting platform, one that I wanted to talk about just a bit.

A Few Specs of the IWI Carmel Rifle:

  • Factory 2-Stage Trigger
  • Folding, Length-of-Pull, and Cheek Comb Adjustable Stock with Hook Sling attachment points
  • AR Compatible B5 Systems P23 Grip
  • Short Throw, Ambidextrous, Reversible Safety Selector Levers
  • Reversible Non-Reciprocating Charging Handle
  • 1/2×28 Standard Muzzle Threading
  • Receiver QD and M-LOK QD Sling Sockets
  • Side folding stock with variable length of pull and comb height – the weapon can be fired with a folded stock
  • Fully ambidextrous: safety lever, magazine release, bolt catch, non-reciprocating charging handle
  • Enlarged trigger guard for easier access for glove use
  • 3 points of sling attachments QD or Cord

Not an AR15, Something VERY Different.

The IWI Carmel is not to be confused with a standard AR15. It is vastly different. Sure, the controls are similar, but the action, stock, layout, and rail are very different in feel and function. Is this a good or bad thing? That depends. It isn’t inherently better or worse than an AR15. It’s just…Different!

Initial Thoughts and opinions.

Lots of folks asked us what we think about this rifle. We still have not run the rifle much since our initial range day, but we are planning on getting it out again soon. For that reason, we cannot give a long term review of it yet. Our initial impression of this rifle was that it’s unique and interesting, but the “thickness” of the rail and the “clunkiness” of the stock had us slightly concerned. Aside from those two negatives, it truly is a VERY smooth shooting rifle. It has one of the softest recoil impulses of any rifle in the armory. For that reason, it has our interest. We will certainly run it more in the future and give you a bit more input.

Recall / Aftermath

The IWI Carmel was subject to a recall, but we never had ANY issues with our rifle to date. We will be sending it in for the service, but we have zero inclination that it would have future issues. That being said, better safe than sorry when it comes to recalls.

Next Steps:

Give our initial impression video (embedded above) a watch and let us know what you think! Is the Carmel a good fit for you? Do you own a Carmel? If so, drop a comment so others can see your experiences. Expect more content soon!