|Model Number(s)||XB16-BLK, XFD16-BLK|
|Caliber||.300 Blackout (.300 AAC)|
|Action||Gas Piston, Semi-auto|
|Operating System||Closed rotating bolt, Long stroke gas piston|
|Magazine Type||Polymer NATO STANAG|
|Magazine Capacity||30 Round|
|Barrel Material||Chrome lined, Cold hammer forged, CrMoV|
|Rifling||1:8 inch twist, 5 grooves, Right hand|
|Stock Type||Reinforced polymer bullpup configuration|
|Sights||Folding front sight (blade) with Tritium insert and rear sight (aperture)|
|Optional Equipment||9mm and 5.56 NATO Conversion Kits|
Tavor x95 for sale
TheTavor x95 for sale is the next generation bullpup from IWI US, Inc. Upgrades and enhancements from the original TAVOR® SAR include a new fire control pack with a 5-6 lb. trigger pull, repositioning of the ambidextrous mag release to an AR-15 location, a forearm with Picatinny rails at the 3, 6, and 9 o’clock positions with removable rail covers, relocation of the charging handle closer to your center mass, a modular Tavor style pistol grip that can be swapped out to a standard pistol grip with traditional trigger guard and a smaller, lower profile bolt release button.
The bullpup rifle has always had a hard time clicking with the American consumer. While the layout has been around for quite some time, the execution of many a design has failed to attract more than a passing “that’s cool” from end users. All that changed with the introduction of the Tavor SAR from IWI and the subsequent X95, which is the subject of this article.
IWI Tavor X95
The IWI Tavor X95 is a current generation Israeli military rifle. While there are some differences between the commercial model and the actual Israeli military version, they are in principle the same gun. The rifle was originally adopted for service in 2009 and has gone by several names including the MTAR 21 and Micro Tavaor, with the latter being somewhat of a misnomer as it is not substantially smaller than the full-size Tavor SAR. While the real deal rifles in Israel are somewhat different in weight and length, the versions that we get here are basically the same at just under 8lbs and about 26” overall.
The IWI X95 Overall
The IWI X95 offers flexibility and combat durability similar to that of the AR15 with some added maneuverability more commonly available on short-barrelled rifles (but without the hassle and waiting period of an NFA tax stamp). But, before I get into the main pros and cons of this Tavor, there are a few highlights I want to point out.
Its ammo versatility is a plus. You can order it according to standard rounds you probably already have lying around (.300 blackout, 5.56 and 9mm) and it accepts standard AR15 magazines. Also, with the .300 blackout model, you can adjust the gas regulator for super or sub-sonic ammo.
I hated the trigger before I loved it. The X95 has a six-pound trigger pull weight that took some getting used to mostly because I’m so accustomed to the lighter trigger pull of most rifles. However, once I realized the trigger operates like a pistol, I felt like a stud. Now I LOVE the heavier trigger!
There are so many great things about this gun. It was a fun weapon to take to the range. It has tons of features that commend it for in-home defense and other lifesaving and tactical settings.
PROs and CONs
There are so many other features we liked, and some engineering tradeoffs worth mentioning. So, here is a list of the pros and cons we felt worth sharing with our audience.
Lightweight, Rear Weighted and Strong
PRO. The Tavor’s reinforced polymer body combined with a cold hammer-forged chrome-lined barrel and chamber provide the end user with a lightweight but very strong tactical tool. In addition, the Tavor’s weight rests in the rear, which with practice can offer some added stability and speed when changing magazines, and with the mass situated close to your body, there is less fatigue when the gun is in a ready position.
CON. I personally like to carry a gun like a suitcase. So, although not a big deal, during this relaxed carry (especially if unslinged) the rear-weighted quality can cause the butt of the gun to awkwardly swing slightly forward.
Ambidextrous and Adjustable
PRO. The Tavor is fairly symmetrical and has an ambidextrous magazine release, which is useful for obvious reasons. This can be a nice feature regardless of hand dominance, as it makes maneuverability when working around structures and other obstacles in close-quarters combat (CQC) scenarios more effective. For even more fine tuning, the polymer handguards on either side of the gun are also adjustable and removable.
CON. The left-side charging handle, if it comes in contact with a barricade or anything of the liking, has the potential to cause the gun to disengage (this happened to me), making it inoperable until you give it a quick reset.
Close-Quarters Combat Compact
PRO. Because most of the 16.5-inch barrel, which also comes in 13” and 18”, is drawn into the body of the gun, you’ve got short-barreled tactical maneuverability for close-quarters combat, combined with the longer range and matching muzzle velocity of a full-length rifle. This is amazing to have when working in and around structures or vehicles.
CON. With the barrel inside the body, it’s a tad easier to singe a finger if an ungloved hand slips past a handguard.
It Fits (Most) Accessories
PRO. The Tavor’s rail system allows you to easily add your optics and lights (SureFire Scoutlight Pro LINK) to its compact frame, and its threaded barrel is suppressor-ready. Then, when you’re ready to simplify down to iron sights, the X95 comes equipped with a built-in pair.
CON. The gun’s compact body cuts down on the number of accessories that can usefully be added. The iron sights, for instance, would need to be obstruct if I want to add a laser site to the mix. So if you like lots of accessories, this is something to consider.
Again, That Trigger
PRO. Although the Tavor trigger took some getting use to, once I figure out it’s a pistol trigger, it make all the difference! If you’re at all familiar with our Pistol 1 and Pistol 2 classes (or Rifle 1, Rifle 2), you know there are pretty significant differences in trigger techniques. Once I treat it the way it deserve to be treat (Prep. Stop. Ease Off and On.), it rewarded me with speed and accuracy. I could see a real positive in a combat rifle-pistol transition.