Once you go bullpup, you never go back. Right?
Such is the case with Pennsylvania State Capitol Police who announced this week that they were upgrading their duty rifles from the original Tavor SAR to the new and improved Tavor X95.
“We’re honored that the Pennsylvania State Capitol Police have chosen to stay with an IWI US firearm and have upgraded their rifle to the state-of-the-art X95,” said Michael Kassnar, vice president of sales & marketing for IWI US, in a press release.
“Just like its predecessor the SAR, the X95 is a reliable platform that is small enough to easily maneuver through urban settings while delivering full size rifle power, but provides the shooter with several upgrades over its precursor,” continued Kassnar.
Arguably the centerpiece of the IWI collection, the Tavor SAR took the U.S. market by storm when it was released back in 2013. Over 60,000 rifles were sold in a span of about three years.
Last year, IWI released the X95 which has several notable upgrades over its popular predecessor, including, as noted in our full review of the gun, a new fire control pack with a 5- to 6-lb. trigger pull, a repositioned and ambidextrous magazine release similar to that of an AR-15, a forearm with rails at the 3, 6, and 9 o’clock positions, a relocated charging handle and a modular Tavor-style pistol grip that can be swapped out to a standard pistol grip with traditional trigger guard. In addition, it has a smaller, lower-profile bolt release button.
The X95 will undoubtedly serve the Capitol police well. Given the ergonomics and compact nature of this bullpup, it’s actually surprising that more law enforcement departments don’t follow suit and adopt the Tavor.
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