Israeli Weapons Industries Americanizes Its Tavor Rifle

Israeli Weapons Industries US Inc., displayed new features on the 5.56mm Tavor rifle during SHOT Show's range day outside Las Vegas, Jan. 18, 2016. (Photo by Matthew Cox/Military.com)
Israeli Weapons Industries US Inc., displayed new features on the 5.56mm Tavor rifle during SHOT Show's range day outside Las Vegas, Jan. 18, 2016. (Photo by Matthew Cox/Military.com)

LAS VEGAS -- Israeli Weapons Industries has added a number of features to its 5.56mm Tavor rifle to appeal to American shooters.

The Tavor’s bull-pup design, with its magazine well and operating system seated behind the pistol grip has never been embraced by western shooters who prefer the AR15 design.

IWI officials can’t change the basic design, but the new X95 features significant changes such as a traditional trigger guard instead of the standard Tavor guard which protects the whole hand but tends to leave the trigger vulnerable.

“Anything people have complained about we have tried to address it,” Rebecca McCoy, commercial sales representative for IWI, said Monday at SHOT Show's range day.

The shooter can also change back to the standard Tavor guard in a few simple steps, McCoy said.

IWI has also moved the magazine release slightly forward and above the trigger, so “it’s more like an AR15-style release,” McCoy said.

There is also more real-estate on the forward grip for lights and other accessories, she said.

“We put modular rails all around here; you’ve got your Picatinny rails on the top and you’ve also got rails on the side and rails on the bottom,” McCoy said.

The X95 is equipped with quick-release rail covers. The charging handle is now moved back toward the buttstock, so it’s closer into the body.

The gun also has a more streamedlined bolt release, flip-up iron sights and a six-pound trigger versus the 10-12 pound trigger on the standard Tavor, she said.

--Matthew Can be reached at matthew.cox@military.com.

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