The story of IWI US begins more than 80 years ago when Israel Military Industries (IMI) Ltd. began firearms production in Israel under the British Mandate in 1933. The unique combat conditions experienced by the IDF required a new paradigm in firearms development. The results included the most innovative and legendary firearm brands used by militaries, law enforcement agencies and security personnel around the world. In 2005 the Israeli government decided to spin off and privatize the small arms division of IMI and the new owners christened the new company Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) Ltd.