Press releases have been building up in my email inbox for weeks now. Entering into NRA 2015 I had a long list of companies to visit and products to seek out. One such company I made sure I didn’t miss was IWI. After examining the new Jericho line of handguns and asking about the scheduled release of the Galil Ace and Micro Uzi Pro, I had just about everything I needed done. Then from across the booth I saw a special weapon hiding among its brothers at the law enforcement table.
Intermixed between a 13” barreled X95 Tavor and a 15” CTAR Tavor sat what appeared to be the beginnings of the Civilian legal X95 Tavor. It used the body of a X95 but utilized a 16+” barrel creating the overall length required by the ATF.
After making my own conclusions I delicately asked a member of the IWI booth about when we should expect the civilian X95 to hit the market. While no dates could be confirmed, and no specifications about the gun have been set in stone he kindly told me the scoop. IWI is aiming to bring the X95 to the civilian market at the end of summer, if not early fall 2015. They said that we should expect features like:
- QD sling mounts
- Integrated iron sights
- Ambidextrous controls and configurations
- 16.5 “ barrel
- Enhanced butt pad
- Forefinger ambide.xtrous magazine release
- Tri-rail forearm with removable rail covers
- STANAG magazine compatibility
- Interchangeable pistol grip assemblies
- Lastly a price tag that is consistent with the SAR’s $1900 MSR
Though we can’t deny or confirm any of these details just yet, what we know is that the X95 is coming. It will hold true to its Israeli counterpart, as well as sport a few new upgrades that are bound to make it a success.