IWI US, Inc. announced today that it will be phasing out the original Tavor carbine from its product line to make more room for its newer Tavor X95.
“The Tavor SAR revolutionized the market for bullpup carbines in the US when it was first introduced in 2013. When the ‘next generation’ TAVOR X95 was released in 2016, sales of the original SAR declined as consumers willingly embraced the improvements and upgrades in the X95, according to a press release from IWI US, a subsidiary of Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) Ltd.
"The market has spoken and it prefers the Tavor X95", said Michael Kassnar, vice president of Sales & Marketing for IWI US. "We will phase out TAVOR SAR production over the next few months and concentrate on our X95, along with our recently announced TAVOR 7, for the future."
The 2017 Golden Bullseye Award winning rifle of the year from Shooting Illustrated, the X95's compact, ergonomic design coupled with it outstanding reliability has won rave reviews from the public and shooting sports media, as well as law enforcement agencies, IWI US officials maintain.
The X95 bullpup includes many upgrades from the original SAR model including a new fire control pack with a 5-to 6 pound trigger pull, a repositioning of the ambidextrous magazine release to an AR-15 location, Picatinny rails at the 3, 6 and 9 o'clock positions on the forearm with removable rail covers, the charging handle moved closer to the shooter's center mass and a modular Tavor style pistol grip that can be replaced with an optional standard pistol grip and traditional trigger guard with a smaller, lower profile bolt release button.
The X95 is available in 5.56mm in 16.5 inch barrel for right and left handed shooters, and an 18.5 inch barrel model, 9mm with a 17 inch barrel and the new .300 Blackout version. Conversion kits in 9mm and the new .300 Blackout are also available
The X95 is available in Black, Flat Dark Earth and OD Green and retails for $2,000 (.300 Blackout version retails for $2,049.)