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The TWAW/LWRCI DI-ADEM AR-15 For Women: Frequently Asked Questions

Why would a woman want an AR-15?

An AR-15 or MSR (Modern Sporting Rifle) is the most modular and popular rifle system for many reasons. Because the military has adopted this platform: the ammunition used is easily sourced, cost efficient, and performs well. Therefore, the parts availability is endless. This platform is arguably the best all-around rifle for every shooter male or female.  This platform works well in any shooting situation – from the range to the woods to the battlefield.  Competitive shooting, personal protection, hunting or plinking, the AR-15 delivers reliability, minimal recoil, and ease of use. Read more bout the benefits of an AR-15 for women here.

Do AR-15’s hurt to shoot? Will I be able to handle a gun like this?

AR-15’s are actually some of the easiest rifles to handle. This is one of the many benefits of a 5.56/ .223 AR-15. LWRCI rifles have minimal recoil while still being able to deliver impressive ballistics and performance.

Why would a woman need something that is different from the standard AR-15?

Women do not necessarily need a different AR-15 than current standard models. There are so many variables and levels of experience shooting the AR platform.  Considering the confusion surrounding this program, this special rifle was initiated with The Well Armed Woman organization to take the guess work out of finding the right AR to meet the demands of the female shooter.

The Lady DIADEM model was designed with features and specs meticulously laid out by the group.  From highly experienced shooters to beginners- these woman shooters told us exactly what they wanted in an AR-15 rifle.  Overwhelmingly the response was to keep the basic look and feel of the standard line (no “girl colors”, no dialed down performance attributes) with a few key ergonomic alterations to enhance the shooting experience for woman shooters.  The result:  the LWRCI  Lady-DIadem is much lighter, slimmer design with enhanced buttpad and molded ergo grip ergonomics but with all the standard high-performance features found in a LWRCI rifle.

Why should I buy this rifle instead of building my own?

The LWRCI Lady-DIadem will come out of the box ready to shoot with no upgrades needed. Because each rifle is manufacturer assembled, tested, and constantly quality checked throughout the process you can rest assure your rifle is good to go and comes with a manufacturer warranty.

Although building your own rifle can be rewarding, the costs for individual custom parts mount up potentially making your DIY rifle considerably more expensive.  LWRCI high-performance parts and innovative features provide you with many of the custom gun features right out of the box.  And because we manufacture each part to fit our rifle platform the end result is a finished rifle that looks as good as it shoots. When you purchase a finished high-performance rifle you won’t have to worry about sourcing parts, waiting for parts, installing parts, ensuring fitment, accuracy, and essentially being responsible for engineering a rifle only to roll the dice on it’s performance.  Not all parts are built to work together- with LWRCI you know the parts are custom fit and assembled with the end result in mind.

What makes this AR-15 special or different from other rifles and why does it cost more than other AR-15’s?

A LWRCI rifle typically costs more due to the quality components and advanced engineering and meticulous quality control process that goes into building a LWRCI rifle. Our goal as a company is to progress the AR-15 platform and continue improving our system. From the raw materials, machining, engineering, and assembly; the majority of this is done in-house. We have a constant quality check from start to finish and are 100% made in the USA.

The TWAW designed IC Diadem has many custom features not found on our standard in line Direct Impingement Rifle.  Those add on features include:  LWRCI Skirmish Back Up Iron Sights, Ergo molded grip, Magpul Stock with reinforced buttpad, custom low profile compact decorative rail panel (designed specifically for TWAW), the Well Armed Woman engraving and much more. This special one-of-a-kind rifle is a limited edition run- adding considerably to its collectability and uniqueness.  Finally, a donation is made to The Well Armed Woman for every rifle sold.  Funds that will be used to expand the great work being done to empower woman shooter by the national organization and growing chapters nationwide.

LWRCI – TWAW Lady DIadem Features include:

  • Specially designed slimmer profile LWRCI rail  that is lightweight
  • One piece nickel-boron bolt carrier (this is an upgrade from the standard bolt and eliminates the common failure point of the gas key)
  • Nickel-boron fire control group
  • LWRCI lightweight modular Lady-DIadem rail system (only available on this model)
  • Fully ambidextrous lower receiver
  • Monoforged upper receiver
  • Birdcage A2 FH – LWRCI
  • Ambidextrous charging handle – LWRCI
  • Rail panels – LWRCI
  • Angled grip with QD sling mount – LWRCI
  • Skirmish Flip-Up sights – LWRCI
  • Magpul CTR stock
  • Ergo Molded compact grip

Barrel Specifications 

  • Cold hammer forged (highest quality barrel)
  • NiCorr treated (this is a chemical bond similar to chrome-lining but lasts longer)
  • Spiral fluted (reduces 20% of the barrel weight without sacrificing any strength)
  • Fully ambidextrous IC lower receiver
  • Magazine catch – Ambidextrous
  • Selector – Ambidextrous
  • bolt catch – Ambidextrous


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11 thoughts on “The TWAW/LWRCI DI-ADEM AR-15 For Women: Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Mona Wade says:

    Is this AR15 Mil spec and if so, how long does it take to get one.

    1. Carrie Lightfoot says:

      Hi Mona,
      The DI-Adem is made by LWRCI so you will need to contact them directly for production times.

  2. Andrew says:

    I’m interested in buying this woman designed AR15 for my wife for Christmas. Is it possible to receive by Christmas 2020 if I order by 2nd weekend of November?

    Secondly I’m concerned about sound and recoil.
    She has shot a 22 AR15 but not a 5.56. Is the sound and recoil harder? I honestly don’t know so the reason for my question. So I’m trying to determine if I should stick with a 22 AR15.

    Thank you for your guidance.

    1. Carrie Lightfoot says:

      Hi Andy,
      as far as production time, that would have to be discussed with LWRC when you place your order. With all the gun purchasing i am not sure of how long this will take as they are made to order.

      This gun shoots both .223 and 5.56, with this gun recoil is minimal so shouldn’t be worried about. As for the sound, yes, they are loud! It is important to have good ear protection when shooting any AR.

      Thanks for your interest!

      1. Andy Bayuk says:

        Super Carrie, thank you so much for your feedback! Much appreciated, and very interested in the AR for her and do certainly understand the potential time line.

        Many thanks!

    2. Lauren says:

      It took four months for mine to be made.

  3. Staci Hollister says:

    I am in California. Can I get this rifle in CA compliant now? I called Reed’s in the Bay Area and they say they are unable to get AR15s right now.

  4. Eva says:

    I am a beginner. I own a 9mm smith & wesson but I want an AR-15.
    I don’t want to HAVE to get parts so out of the box would be ideal.
    I’m 4’11, 110 lbs. Which AR-15 (lightest) is best for me? This will be for home defense. I will find an outdoor range to practice in Atlanta. Thanks

  5. Rita Scales says:

    I’m now ready to purchase the TWAW AR 15. I live in the state of IN. Please advise whom to contact. Thank you, Rita

    1. Carrie Lightfoot says:

      Hi Rita, please use the following PDF to order your Di-Adem

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