Each country has a Glock. Israeli pistol IWI Masada


Today, many countries of the world have produced their own pistols based on the classic Glock. Glock 17 with a polymer frame was the first such pistol with an impact trigger. Later, many pistols around the world began to be compared precisely with the brainchild of designer Gaston Glock, simply for the reason that his pistol was the first. At the same time, Glock 17 is already legendary weapon, which is in service with the army and police in more than 30 countries and is well represented in the civilian market. It would be strange if other states did not try to bite off their portion of this weapon pie, offering their own versions of a pistol similar in technical characteristics to the market. Israel did not stand aside either, in which IWI introduced the compact 2017 mm IWI Masada pistol in 9.


Choosing a name for his new pistol, IWI continued its practice of borrowing historical and geographical names. "Masada" is the name of an ancient impregnable fortress, which was located on the southwest coast of the Dead Sea. The fortress was built during the reign of King Herod. For residents of Israel, this fortress is a symbol of heroism.

Israeli striker will compete for its market share


For the first time, an Israeli pistol, dubbed Masada, was presented at gun shows back in 2017. By 2020, the model is already well "mastered" in the international market. Israel Military Industries (IWI) competes with this model of short-barreled weapons not only with numerous Austrian Glocks, but also with Beretta, SIG-Sauer, Heckler & Koch and other well-known manufacturers, who introduced their own models of plastic strikers or hammer pistols on the market (Striker - drummer).


The Israelis themselves do not feel too modest when promoting their new pistol, which, in principle, is absolutely true. So the representative of IWI US, Inc. (American division of the arms company), calls the new pistol under the eternal cartridge 9x19 mm Parabellum "a serious competitor in the international market for state and civilian arms customers." According to representatives of the developer company, the new gun was created in accordance with all modern requirements of the military, and the technical characteristics of the Masada model were formed on the basis of feedback from the rifle community: processing feedback from military personnel, law enforcement officers, as well as shooting athletes . Involvement in the creation of small arms athletes involved in practical shooting, is becoming an increasingly common practice in the modern world.

True, not all experts share a similar approach to creating weapons. For example, the editorial board of the Kalashnikov magazine believes that the development of a pistol that takes into account the interests of such diverse consumers can lead to the creation of an average model that will be lost in the lineup of the same Glock strikers, which are very well adapted for solving various problems.

At the same time, the use of modern collimator sights can be an additional advantage of Israeli Masada pistols. The manufacturer claims support for the Trijicon RMR, Vortex Venom, Leupold Delta Point Pro and Sig Romeo1 sights. The success of the Masada pistol version with such “optics” can be facilitated by the reasonable price and the fact that the fashion for pistols with collimator sights has not yet passed. The cost of a gun for the American market at the moment is $ 480 (approximately 29 rubles at the current rate).


Technical features of the gun IWI Masada


The IWI Masada pistol is a weapon chambered for a 9x19 mm Parabellum cartridge. The cartridge, created back in 1902 by Georg Luger (hence the second name “Luger”), is still manufactured and is widely used in a huge number of small arms around the world, feeling fine in the 17st century. The standard for the gun is a box magazine, designed for 10 rounds. A version with a 10-charge magazine is also available. XNUMX-charge versions of the store are designed primarily for the civilian firearms market. For example, in some US states there are restrictions on the number of rounds in a magazine.

The new Israeli gun is quite compact. The total length of the weapon is 188 mm, the barrel length is 104 mm. The barrel of the IWI Masada pistol is cold forged. The mass of the gun without a magazine is 650 grams. For comparison, the founder of the genre, the classic Glock 17 is equipped with a 114 mm barrel, the total length of the weapon is 204 mm, and the mass without a magazine is 625 grams. At the same time, the barrel of the new Israeli pistol is specially located very low. This solution reduces the toss of weapons during firing and allows faster and more efficient to conduct aimed fire.


By the principle of operation, the new Israeli Masada pistol is no different from other modern compact self-loading pistols. It is based on automation with a short stroke of the barrel. At the same time, Masada, like the numerous followers of the Glock 17 model, is an impact pistol with a frame made of high-strength, impact-resistant reinforced polymer material, which reduces the weight of the model. A characteristic feature of such pistols is the absence of a trigger and a safety switch (manual fuse is available only as an option). The principle “snatched and shoot” is implemented in the pistol. One of the features of the model is an interchangeable trigger made of stainless steel. If necessary, this solution makes it easy to disassemble and maintain weapons, as well as change the mechanism itself.

The 9 mm IWI Masada pistol received an effective automatic fuse, which is integrated into the trigger to increase the safety of the shooter. The fuse is a key on the front of the trigger. The manufacturer claims an average downhill effort of 5,5 to 7 pounds (2,5 to 3,18 kg). The gun will never fire unless you pull the trigger. At the same time, the user’s safety is also enhanced during maintenance and cleaning of the weapon, since disassembling the gun does not require pressing the trigger.

Open sights are standard on the gun. The model received an open mechanical sight with a large front sight and the whole. Optionally, models of collimator sights of certified manufacturers can be installed on the gun. Also available as an option for shooters is the option with three tritium dots glowing in the dark, making it easier to aim and shoot from a pistol in low light.


Advantages of the IWI Masada Pistol


Like almost all models of modern pistols, the new Israeli hammer pistol with a polymer frame is a model with good ergonomics and the ability to adapt to a specific shooter. For better retention of weapons on the pistol grip there is a finer corrugation. Especially for this model, the IWI gunsmiths provided three interchangeable pads on the handle sizes: S, M and L. The shape of the handle and the ability to change pads make it easy to adjust the weapon to any grip depending on the size of the hand. It is worth noting that this is a very important feature for the army pistol model, especially when you consider that a large number of women serve in the Israeli army.

In addition to improved ergonomics, the IWI Masada pistol is an ambidextrous weapon, both right-handed and left-handed can be used. The weapon is equally convenient for those and for others, since the gun controls are duplicated: the magazine latch button and the slide stop lever are double-sided.

Returning to the ergonomics of the model, it can be noted that the 9-mm Masada pistol received an increased trigger guard. Such a bracket allows the shooter to confidently use weapons even with gloves on. At the same time, enough space is left on the model to accommodate a standard Picatinni type underbarrel bar (integrated element), which can be used to place a tactical flashlight or laser target designator.


Another important small detail of the new Israeli pistol is the bottom of the store, which has recesses on each side. Such recesses allow the shooter to easily reach the store in difficult operating conditions. For example, when the store is dirty, bent or with slippery hands (gun grease, sweat).

For many models of modern pistols, all of the above is in the order of things. But at the same time, these are very important details that are designed to increase the competitiveness of the model in the market. Much today is tied precisely to the ergonomics and ease of use of weapons, because the basic technical solutions were invented decades ago. It is no coincidence that while promoting the Masada pistol, IWI focuses on ease of maintenance and safety in handling, as well as a high level of ergonomics and ease of use.
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  1. Alexfly 21 January 2020 18: 17 New
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    Of course, the company is located in the USA, where the developed consumer arms market, consumers vote in rubles, or rather, another unit of green. In Russia, this is only a crap.
    1. Zeev Zeev 21 January 2020 18: 37 New
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      The company is located in Kfar Sheba, State of Israel. In the US, there is a subsidiary company that sells Israeli weapons.
      1. Alexfly 21 January 2020 18: 41 New
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        In order to sell products in the United States, you need to have your own production there, although incomplete ..
        1. Zeev Zeev 21 January 2020 18: 54 New
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          This is to sell to government agencies in the United States, you must have your own production. Now, if some federal structure adopts Masad, then a room will have to be added to the office and warehouse where the pistols will be assembled from kits supplied from Israel.
  2. Terenin 21 January 2020 18: 21 New
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    The model received an open mechanical sight with a large front sight and the whole.
    Are the edges of such a large fly too sharp? Maybe in turmoil, injuring ...

    1. Zeev Zeev 21 January 2020 18: 38 New
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      It can’t injure, but it’s easy to break a holster.
      1. Terenin 21 January 2020 18: 42 New
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        Quote: Zeev Zeev
        It can’t injure, but it’s easy to break a holster.

        A holster on whom? At the cyborg?
        With a shallow fly on the Makarov, there were injuries ...
        1. Zeev Zeev 21 January 2020 18: 50 New
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          How can a fly be injured?
          1. CTABEP 21 January 2020 19: 02 New
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            Foolishly, as they say, can be broken :). But you can shoot yourself with a gun in the confusion, I don’t think that the fly will play a big role there.
          2. AUL
            AUL 21 January 2020 19: 06 New
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            And you don’t know why some cut down the front sight on revolvers? wassat
            1. Zeev Zeev 21 January 2020 19: 32 New
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              And someone cuts the flies on revolvers? Did not know
              1. AUL
                AUL 21 January 2020 20: 18 New
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                Well, this is from an old joke about fans grabbing the trunk.
                “Joe, why did you cut the fly on your colt?”
                - And so, when they will shove it into me ... Well, in general, shove it, it was comfortable! laughing
                1. Zeev Zeev 21 January 2020 22: 25 New
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                  OK, I'm somehow not special on this topic ...
          3. Sandor Clegane 21 January 2020 20: 54 New
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            Quote: Zeev Zeev
            can a fly get injured?

            it's easy! you do not know? the old Bandera man explains to young followers that when they walk with arms and pose in front of television cameras throughout Kiev, it’s better to cut the fly, why not? he answers that the Russians will definitely come, find and insert the barrel in the ass and crank it a couple of times, so it’s better to cut the fly !!!
            1. Zeev Zeev 21 January 2020 22: 25 New
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              See the answer above.
              1. Terenin 21 January 2020 23: 02 New
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                Quote: Zeev Zeev
                See the answer above.

                Colleagues, I do not evaluate your posts, everyone has their own opinion hi
                Only those who performed the “turmoil” exercise high-speed shooting at emerging targets ... (running out a gun) -reloading-lifting-aiming-descent ... (for a 4-second series - 1,5 seconds ... he will understand what I am interpreting
          4. Talgat 148 22 January 2020 03: 46 New
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            You can shoot a foot at the same time!)))))
            Clumsy and with a front sight and anything to get hurt!
  3. Theodore 21 January 2020 18: 40 New
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    And he will not refuse to shoot Shabbat? And while wildly apologize? what
    1. Zeev Zeev 21 January 2020 19: 02 New
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      If the enemy poses a threat to life, then it can be eliminated on Shabbat and Yom Kippur.
    2. Firelake 21 January 2020 19: 03 New
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      It was hard to imagine a dumber joke
  4. Reserve buildbat 21 January 2020 19: 24 New
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    An interesting example.
    I have only a few questions at once:
    1. Is it as slippery as Glock? Without gloves, it is inconvenient to jerk the teflon-coated shutter.
    2. The store’s latch button will not appear like on the “Glock”, where our girls almost accidentally clicked on the store every third shot? (Their fingers are long).
    3. Why do such huge rear sight and front sight? I agree that this is more convenient when shooting at a growth figure from 5 meters, but for example from 15 meters from the Glock it’s more difficult to hit a square target 15x15 cm in size than from a PM, since the target is completely hidden behind the fly.
    1. Zeev Zeev 21 January 2020 23: 43 New
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      1. Strange, but I calmly jerked the Glock shutter without gloves. Sweaty hands in the middle of summer.
      2. If the girls, while holding the gun, push the magazine lock, it means they are holding the gun incorrectly. We need to train them.
      3. When aiming at the target, the upper edge of the rear sight and front sight should coincide with the lower edge of the center of the target. In Glock, the rear sight and front sight make up one solid line, not a semicircle with a dash.
      1. Avior 22 January 2020 14: 06 New
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        is it more convenient than a regular semicircle with a dash?
        1. Zeev Zeev 22 January 2020 14: 11 New
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          It's more comfortable for me. But I’m not an indicator, because I practically didn’t shoot weapons with such sights as the PM.
    2. Talgat 148 22 January 2020 03: 48 New
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      Glock is not slippery!)))
    3. Talgat 148 22 January 2020 03: 50 New
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      On Glock, you can install any sights that taste! And on the PM which is ...
    4. scriptguru 22 January 2020 09: 38 New
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      Is Glock covered with Teflon? There is some kind of coating of its own, completely non-polymer, and not so slippery. Without gloves, I shot from Glock without any problems, and more than once.
      Coverage - Tenifer / Melonite. Not plastic.

      About 15 meters is ridiculous. The aiming point at 5 and 15 meters will be approximately the same. If there is a problem with a hit - something with cartridges or with a grip, or with a shooting technique.
  5. Undecim 21 January 2020 19: 44 New
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    shock gun
    Another figment of the imagination of sofa Internet gunsmiths. Hammer-free pistols do not exist, the drummer is present in any pistol, except for silicon and capsule.
    An impactor is the trigger mechanism of a pistol.
    1. Golovan Jack 21 January 2020 20: 03 New
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      Quote: Undecim
      ... silicon ...

      ... there are no pistols ... what
      1. Undecim 21 January 2020 20: 41 New
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        There are even glass ones.
        1. Golovan Jack 21 January 2020 20: 57 New
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          Quote: Undecim
          There are even glass

          Yep ...

    2. mvg
      mvg 21 January 2020 21: 02 New
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      The drum trigger mechanism is a pistol

      Read ectopic, pah ... carefully, did not try?
      // ... became the first such pistol with a shock trigger system ... //
      1. Undecim 21 January 2020 21: 49 New
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        I tried.
        //... own models of plastic strikers or percussion pistols ... //
    3. opus 21 January 2020 21: 39 New
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      Quote: Undecim
      There are no hammerless pistols

      and this?

      Pistols of the World / Authors: Claude Blair

      or P11 Heckler und Koch?

      Ignition of charges is electric, the power source (two 9-volt batteries) is located in a sealed compartment in the pistol grip. The effective firing range is up to 15 meters under water and up to 30 meters in the air.

      air gun? (Yes, not a gunshot, but a gun, right?)

      because the "drummer" is what breaks the capsule, there is no capsule, there is no drummer.
      ==============================================
      the truth is there is no "drummer", there is no weapon and no article (Definition of the Criminal Code in criminal cases of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation of September 13, 2012 N 69-D12-26)
      Due to the lack of a striker with a striker, this gun is not ..
      1. Undecim 21 January 2020 21: 55 New
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        In the gun of Lancaster, the drummer is present.
        1. opus 21 January 2020 22: 11 New
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          Quote: Undecim
          In the gun of Lancaster, the drummer is present.

          Claude Blair is a deceiver.
          and the rest?

          Well, if I understand correctly: the trigger (or rather the striking naa trigger) pricks the capsule right away - is it shockless SM?
          1. Undecim 21 January 2020 22: 32 New
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            The hammer is the part of the drummer that hits the capsule. Therefore, the drummer is present in any case.
            Although according to GOST 28653–90, the striker is also designated as part of the trigger. But this only applies to revolvers.
  6. Catfish 21 January 2020 21: 14 New
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    In Israel, at least someday they will do something of their own, and not licked from models already produced in other countries. I solely mean it, Merkava is Merkava ... hi
    1. Maki Avellevich 21 January 2020 21: 43 New
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      Quote: Sea Cat
      In Israel, at least someday they will do something of their own, and not licked from models already produced in other countries. I solely mean it, Merkava is Merkava ...

      there are a couple of pieces ...



      1. Catfish 21 January 2020 21: 49 New
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        Well, yes, especially Cesette 75, which in Israel was called "Jerechon." Yes, and the “Negev” is still the same Belgian “Mini-Mi”. I won’t say anything for Tavor until I see the locking system, and the top gun is nothing more than a seed extract from Jericho. request
        1. Maki Avellevich 21 January 2020 21: 51 New
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          Quote: Sea Cat
          Well, yes, especially Cesette 75, which in Israel was called "Jerechon." Yes, and the “Negev” is still the same Belgian “Mini-Mi”. I won’t say anything for Tavor until I see the locking system, and the top gun is nothing more than a seed extract from Jericho.

          always liking the similarities of all bicycles.
          1. Catfish 21 January 2020 21: 54 New
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            Especially the locking system. winked
        2. Zeev Zeev 21 January 2020 22: 28 New
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          Have you met with “Minimi”, or with the “Negev” in order to assert this?
        3. Undecim 21 January 2020 23: 07 New
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          Yes, and “Negev” all the same Belgian “Mini-mi”
          Well here, you, Konstantin, that ... not that ...
          Of course, there are general details, but both are machine guns. But these are different systems, even according to the automation system.
          1. Catfish 22 January 2020 10: 55 New
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            I admit, of course - that. smile Behind Kolek with Michal Timofeevich was offended. request
        4. Undecim 21 January 2020 23: 15 New
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          I won’t say anything for Tavor until I see the locking system.
          Tavor is an original development. And locking systems are not an indicator of copying.
          1. Catfish 22 January 2020 10: 58 New
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            And locking systems are not an indicator of copying.

            So, Vik Nikolaich, I correctly understood that Tokarev did not copy the Browning Locking System, but invented something original himself? smile
            1. Undecim 22 January 2020 11: 24 New
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              Why would he invent a new locking mechanism? To certainly go down in history? Or should each designer of each new weapon model invent a new scheme? Almost all locking schemes have already been developed and tested. And everyone uses them today.
              But Tokarev needed a gun, not the process of creating a gun.
              With the same success, we can say that Kalashnikov copied the locking mechanism of Lewis.
              Indeed, when a new internal combustion engine is constructed, they use the standard cycles of Miller, Atkinson, Diesel or Trinkler, and no one blames the creators for this. Fundamentally, all ICEs are the same. The difference in the nuances.
              The same is true for weapons. The Israelis did the right thing. They had no time to invent, they had to start producing weapons from scratch under the constant threat of war. They took proven solutions and applied them in their samples.
              1. Catfish 22 January 2020 11: 57 New
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                The same is true for weapons. The Israelis did the right thing.

                Yes, I really say what is wrong? That's right, when the house is on fire, the fire must be extinguished, and not a new pump invented.
      2. Okolotochny 22 January 2020 00: 27 New
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        By the way, Barak Avakov’s favorite gun, the earth is glassy to him.
      3. Talgat 148 22 January 2020 03: 52 New
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        Tavor and Negev - Veshchch !!!!!
        Great weapon !!!!
    2. san4es 22 January 2020 12: 51 New
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      ... Merkava is Merkava


      Hi Kuzmich hi
      1. Catfish 22 January 2020 12: 57 New
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        Sanya, hi! hi An interesting movie, "Jericho" with a sand - it's great. smile
        1. san4es 22 January 2020 12: 58 New
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          It was necessary to trample boots winked
          1. Catfish 22 January 2020 12: 59 New
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            It was necessary to trample boots


            But this is a mockery. laughing
            1. san4es 22 January 2020 14: 18 New
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              ... already a mockery.

              laughing ... a dust chamber, deep freezing and falling from a height, if you add.
              1. Catfish 22 January 2020 14: 27 New
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                Then whoever likes kirdyk will come, I think. wassat
                1. san4es 22 January 2020 14: 55 New
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                  1911 was frozen to -65F, and then shot with (4) various grades of firearm lubricant. The purpose of the experiment was to analyze the effect of extreme cold on firearms heavily lubricated with these lubricants.
  7. Jack O'Neill 21 January 2020 23: 30 New
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    Pff, real men have only been walking since 1911.
    1. Catfish 22 January 2020 11: 00 New
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      Real men do not carry their dignity between the legs and the armpit. drinks
      1. Jack O'Neill 22 January 2020 23: 23 New
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        Real men wear their dignity not between the armpit, but between their legs

        There’s another gun.)
  8. Sergey_G_M 22 January 2020 06: 24 New
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    Glock 17 with a polymer frame became the first such pistol with an impact trigger

    No Glock was not the first.
    Such a huge number of Glock, its modifications and clones are already being released that entering the market with its another clone is a rather pointless undertaking. IWI Masada already loses to Glock in advance, and most importantly, the US market has released such a huge number of Glock modules and body kits from flies to carabiner kits that it makes no sense to take a “gun like Glock” but not Glock at all.
    1. Passing 22 January 2020 16: 49 New
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      Quote: Sergey_G_M
      it makes no sense to take a "gun like Glock" but not Glock at all.

      For consumer goods, the main thing is three things - price, branding / credibility, design / personal taste. All sorts of technical nuances, body kits, this is for pros and geeks, of whom there are minuscule.
      For my personal taste, the Masada design is modern, expressive, but there is no Glock design, the remnant is plastic.
  9. scriptguru 22 January 2020 09: 31 New
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    Interesting article, thanks. Only here it is unlikely that this gun can be attributed to compact - the barrel is more than 4 inches long. Quite a full-size gun.
  10. KarabasBarabas 22 January 2020 09: 33 New
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    Advertising article.
    I do not even know where to start.
    The quality of this product is comparable to Taurus. Those in the subject understand that this is not a compliment.
    And in general it’s not clear what does Glock have to do with it?
    Masada is an exact copy (as I understand it is not licensed)
    Ruger All American. You don’t even have to be an expert, just compare the photo.
    Jericho, Bul and Tanfoglio, also copies of Cz, but everything is licensed there.
    Yes, everything is clear here, Cz has established itself as an excellent gun. A Ruger Allamerican
    maybe not bad but not the best.
    Plus, as we know, a copy will almost always be worse than the original.
    And of course, in terms of price-quality ratio, Massada is also not in the top.
    About the army is also funny. The Tsahal was never armed with Israeli pistols.
    Unfortunately, they do not reach the characteristics.
  11. Titsen 24 January 2020 17: 36 New
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    Quote: Zeev Zeev
    It's more comfortable for me. But I’m not an indicator, because I practically didn’t shoot weapons with such sights as the PM.


    And who are you talking about PM so strangely?
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    The important thing is not that the 17-seat local box-type store, but that it is two-row (judging by the ammunition). Rebuilding cartridges in one line or not is used, the author, apparently, does not know. It is enough to look at the photo of the shooter with a gun in his hand to understand that there is no particularly low location of the barrel. Donets store, where does this come from? The common name is heel. But the author does not say a word about the two-way reset button of the store (judging by the photo) and the two-way lever for removing the shutter delay (judging by the photo). Maybe the author change the subject in which he tries his hand?