About the Handgun:
Originally intended as a military pistol for the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), the Barak was supposed to replace in Israeli service the older Jericho 941 pistols of domestic origins, as well as the popular Glock pistols. Although the future of the Barak as an IDF service pistol is currently uncertain, IWI decided to introduce this pistol to the international market.
About the Manufacturer:
It is said that this Israeli company dates back as far as 1933 during the British Mandate in Palestine, when the Jewish underground at the time resorted to manufacturing illegal weapons. IWI is actually a recent (2005) privatization of the former Israel Military Industries (IMI) Small Arms Division, which has been a leading weapons manufacturer for over 60 years. This company is widely known for developing the UZI automatic pistol. They developed the 9x21mm pistol cartridge for world markets where civilian use of the 9mm NATO cartridge is not permitted. Additionally, for over ten years IWI(IMI) also manufactured the components for Magnum Research's Desert Eagle Pistols.
About the Cartridge:
This cartridge was developed as a joint venture between Winchester and Smith & Wesson. It was an effort to to create a cartridge with the same power as the 10mm Norma round that the FBI had just started using, but in a shorter case. The shorter cartridge would facilitate accuracy and allow use of a smaller, more comfortable grip frame. The .40 S&W has become the cartridge of choice for many law enforcement agencies in the United States.