Israel Weapons Industries (IWI) has finally released the short-stroke gas piston rifle, the Carmel, chambered in 5.56, to an American audience. This rifle has been teased via pictures and videos in Israel for a while, but we are finally going to see the grand entrance into the U.S. market.

This rifle is an exciting addition to the black rifle market, as it conjures up memories of the Bushmaster ACR and the H&K XM8 rifle designs. Who doesn’t want a lightweight duty rifle that is reliable and utilizes a lot of polymer in its construction. 

The Carmel is ready to run suppressed right out of the box. (Photo: Seth Rodgers/

As is the trend with many modern rifle designs, the Carmel is well-suited for suppressed fire. The short-stroke gas piston is optimal for the addition of a can, and it features two settings, suppressed and unsuppressed. 

Over-sized controls, M-LOK forend, and an ambi charging handle, the Carmel delivers. (Photo: Seth Rodgers/

The rifle is fully ambidextrous and is lightly based on standard AR controls. The rifle will also utilize M-LOK attachment points to cut back on weight while still retaining the option to mount many different accessories.  The non-reciprocating charging handle can be swapped from side to side in under a minute without the need for tools. 

Note the multiple attachment points for a sling. (Photo: Seth Rodgers/

The Carmel also sports a 6-position stock with an adjustable cheek riser. The stock folds over easily with the press of a button and can fire while collapsed, making it a versatile and compact firearm.

The Carmel will have an MSRP of around $1,800. 

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