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IWI has brought the X95 to the SHOT Show this year. This updated Tavor is going to be available in March and will be retailing for $1,999.00.
The X95 makes a handful of upgrades to the standard Tavor. Most importantly, the magazine release has been moved to the front of the rifle giving the X95 an ambidextrous AR-15-style magazine release. The next big improvement is the relocation of the Charging handle. Moving the handle closer to the shooter’s center mass means the gun can be charged and manipulated without over-extending the shooters balance. The final big upgrade is the handguard. With a built in tri-rail and removable rail covers, the X95 is able to be outfitted with accessories straight out of the box. In short, the X95 carries over all of the attributes of the original Tavor design but none of its weaknesses.
The gun will be available in black, flat dark earth and OD green, and in right and left-handed variants. Initially, it will be sold in 5.56/.223 but will be available in 9mm and 300 Blackout later this year. There will be conversion kits available for those of you wishing to convert between calibers that will retail for $899.00 in 5.56/.223 and 9mm and $499 for 300 Blackout.
The X95 has one huge improvement that will affect all Tavor owners. With a vastly improved trigger pack, the X95s trigger breaks cleaner at almost half the weight of the standard Tavor. This new trigger pack has also passed vetting with the IDF and is in use overseas as I write this, so reliability has been tested and is guaranteed. For those of you who want to upgrade the trigger you will be happy to hear that all standard Tavor trigger packs and linkage are used so Geissele, Timney, Tav-D trigger packs will all work with the gun.
Looking forward, we’re pleased to report that IWI is bringing the Galil Ace in 7.62×51/308 to the US market this summer. It will be available in both a braced pistol form and a full-sized battle rifle. It will use SR25 magazines and the safety, magazine release, and bolt release will be ambidextrous. It will stay at the same price point as the other Galil Ace rifles and pistols so we can expect it to sell around $1,900.
Check back in the following months as we will be taking a more in-depth look at these new products from IWI.