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Sep 20 2023
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IWI Masada Slim Review: Will It Climb The Ranks Of Most Popular CCWs?


I’ve heard many positive things about the full-sized IWI Masada, but I’ve admittedly never shot one. It’s not that I didn’t want to, I just don’t have any shooting buddies that have one, and I never went to the length of searching for one.

But once IWI released the Masada Slim in 2022, it piqued my interest much more than its full-sized sibling. Being interested in all things concealed carry, I’m always excited to try a new CCW contender.

So when I heard that IWI was sending us this Masada Slim to test and evaluate, I threw my hand up and volunteered to “put in the hours.” I put that in quotes because we get to shoot guns for a living, so those hours don’t really feel like work!

Anyways, without further ado, here is our IWI Masada Slim review.

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If you need backup while doing yard work, the Masada Slim will be there for you.

IWI Masada Slim Review

IWI Masada Slim For Sale

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Barrel Length3.4 inches
Overall Length6.3 inches
Width1.14 inches
Height4.9 inches
Weight1.27 pounds (w/out mag), 1.4 pounds (w/ mag)
SightsThree Dot

Pros & Cons

  • Optic cut slide 
  • Consistent flat-face trigger
  • Affordable even at MSRP
  • 13+1 capacity 
  • Reliable with a variety of ammo
  • No ambidextrous controls
  • No accessory rail
  • Minimal aftermarket support
  • Not fun to take apart

First Impression & Range Report

Us unboxing the Masada Slim for the first time.

I was pleasantly surprised to find a custom-cut foam insert within the cardboard box that the Masada Slim came in. As you can see below, nestled within the foam were two 13-round magazines: the pistol and the standard lock and literature.  

masada 9s slim unboxing
That space cutout for an optic within the foam insert is begging to be filled with a Holosun EPS Carry.

Picking it up out of the box instantly reminded me of an M&P Shield Plus. That’s not a bad thing to note, either. It’s a great size to carry while not being too small, making it challenging to maintain a solid grip and consistent accuracy.

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It feels great in hand with the excellent grip texture and slight trigger guard undercut.


I would up putting 250 rounds through the Masada Slim with zero malfunctions. 20% of that ammo was defensive rounds, while the other 80% was your basic FMJs.

It didn’t matter what ammo I was shooting or how fast I was shooting; the gun didn’t miss a beat.


Mainly shooting between 7 and 15 yards, it was evident that this was a solid gun at defensive distances. That’s not to say that it wouldn’t be suitable at farther distances, but within 7 and 15 yards, the groupings were tight and repeatable, and I became confident with it after only a couple of magazines.

Through the first couple of magazines, I had some outliers on target, but I’ll take the blame for them. Those outliers diminished once I slowed down and focused on my grip and trigger finger placement.

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My first ten rounds through the gun. The lowest shot was my first, while the highest was my second, where I overcorrected.


Optic-Ready Slide

On the slide, there is a standard white dot front sight and blacked-out serrated rear sight. The slide is also factory-cut with a RMS Shield footprint. For example, many of your popular sights, from Sig Sauer, Holosun, and Swampfox, are compatible.  

Of course, if you choose not to run an optic, the included optic cover plate gives the slide a nice finished look.

masada 9s slim hands on review rear sights
I’ve grown fond of the blacked-out rear sights over the years.

Flat Face Trigger

The trigger on this gun surprised me in a positive way. It’s light, smooth, and has a crisp break. I found it easy to be consistent with my follow-up shots.

On the other hand, I could barely feel the reset which is my only complaint about the trigger. It didn’t cause any issues, but I typically like to be able to pinpoint the reset much easier.

masada 9s slim hands on review trigger and slide
A built-in trigger safety helps to prevent any accidental discharges.

13-Round Magazines

I love the fact that these small subcompact and micro-compact-sized pistols come with capacities in the “teens.” The Masada Slim comes with two 13-round magazines, so you’ll have 14 rounds (13+1) at your disposal if you should need them.

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13 rounds is not too shabby for a pistol of this size.

Basic Controls

You won’t find any ambidextrous controls on the Masada Slim, but there is at least a reversible mag release. The mag release and slide stop lever are well-placed and sized appropriately. I found them both very easy to find and manipulate quickly during reloads.

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I especially like the mag release on this gun, as it was very easy to find during reloads.
masada 9s slim loaded chamber indicator
The loaded chamber indicator adds an extra safety feature that is visually and physically able to be identified.

How We Tested

The indoor range was my venue of choice since I wasn’t planning on shooting the Masada Slim at 100+ yards. I mean, that would be fun, but I decided to keep it within 25 yards.

Ammo Used

During my range time with the Masada Slim, I used two different types of ammunition. I put 200 rounds of 124-grain Blazer Brass FMJs and 50 rounds of 115-grain Hornady Critical Defense FTXs.

Both types of ammo cycled flawlessly, and I had zero malfunctions.

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The Masada Slim was not picky with its ammo.

Score Card

Reliability (10/10)  

It went bang every time I pulled the trigger.

Ergonomics (9/10)

The grip angle and texture are good, the controls are well laid out, and it’s well-balanced overall.

Customization (6/10)

With no accessory rail and limited aftermarket support, it’s not a highly customizable gun compared to the competition.

Appearance (7/10)

It has clean lines and nice serrations, but there aren’t really any standout aesthetic features.

Value (8/10)

With an MSRP of only $450 and the likely chance you’ll find it a bit lower online, it won’t break the bank.


Vedder LightTuck IWB Holster

Vedder LightTuck IWB Holster

The Masada Slim’s size makes it ideal for concealed carry. If you decide to carry it, you’ll need a quality holster.

The LightTuck from Vedder Holsters is a Kydex IWB holster with a minimal profile. It has adjustable cant, ride height, and retention, so you can find the most comfortable position to fit your style.

I suggest adding the claw attachment if you decide to pick one up since it helps push the gun/holster closer to your body to mitigate printing. With plenty of Kydex colors and prints to choose from, you can also make the holster reflect your personality.

Holosun EPS Carry MRS

Holosun EPS Carry MRS

It’s hard to beat Holosun’s feature-packed optics, especially for the price. The EPS Carry MRS (Multi-Reticle System) is one of its newer offerings and has everything you’d want in a carry optic.

Holosun EPS Carry Battery

If you have a hard time deciding what type of reticle you want, you’re in luck. This optic features Holosun’s Multi-Reticle System, which allows you to switch between a 2 MOA dot and a 32 MOA circle or use them together (my preference).

It also features Holosun’s Solar Failsafe and Shake Awake technology to keep your battery running looooong time.

Holosun EPS Carry

Check out our EPS Carry review for more information.


Not sure the Masada Slim is for you? You’re in luck; plenty of other comparable options are out there!

Smith & Wesson M&P Shield Plus

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The M&P Shield Plus is another smaller but very capable concealed-carry pistol.

It has a 13+1 capacity, a flat face trigger, and comes optics-ready. The grip angle is an optimal 18-degrees for a natural point of aim and has an enhanced texture to help mitigate recoil.

It’s reliable, accurate, and backed by Smith & Wesson’s lifetime service policy. You probably won’t have to use it, though. My own Shield Plus has performed great, and I’ve had no significant issues to note after the 1,000+ rounds I have through it so far.

Springfield Armory Hellcat Pro

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Another one of my favorite carry pistols is the Hellcat Pro from Springfield Armory (see our Hellcat Pro review here).

Springfield Armory Hellcat Pro
My current Hellcat Pro setup includes a Crimson Trace RAD Micro Pro and INFORCE Wild1 light. 

Even with a flush-fitting magazine, you get a 15+1 capacity. It also has one of the nicest grip textures (Springfield’s adaptive grip texture) I’ve felt. The slide comes optics-ready, with aggressive serrations and a quality set of U-Dot sights.

Springfield Armory Hellcat Pro

Unlike the Shield Plus and Masada Slim, it has an accessory rail to mount some of your favorite lights or lasers.


There is a lot to like about the Masada Slim, especially for the price point. Without putting at least a few hundred more rounds through it, it’s hard to speak to the long-term reliability personally, but I wouldn’t foresee any out-of-the-ordinary issues arising.

If you don’t mind the limited aftermarket support and want an affordable and accurate 9mm that’s a good size for concealed carry, consider checking out the IWI Masada Slim.

Additional Resources

Maintaining Your Masada Slim

To keep a pistol working well, it needs cleaning and care often. But first, you need to know how to take it apart. Check out this video from IWI for more help:

Resources From IWI

In addition, here are some helpful links from IWI about the Masada Slim –

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Written by Ryan Domke
Ryan Domke photo Ryan Domke is a freelance writer, photographer, and social media consultant with a passion for guns and tactical gear. He works with some of the largest manufacturers in the firearms industry, allowing him the opportunity to continuously learn from and knowledge share with the 2A community. Ryan has contributed his writing expertise to numerous reputable publications, including, Cheaper Than Dirt, Springfield Armory's 'The Armory Life,' Smith & Wesson's 'The S&W Bench', and The Mag Shack. When he’s not spending time with his family, you’ll likely find him at the range or starting a new DIY project.


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