IWI US Discontinuing the Tavor — It’s OK Just the SAR

The Tavor SAR is getting cut in favor of the X95. (Photo: IWI US)

IWI US, who imports the game-changing Tavor, is halting sales of the Tavor SAR. The company will transition entirely to the Tavor X95 and upcoming Tavor 7 series of bullpups for the U.S.

The Tavor SAR re-ignited the American bullpup market when it was released in 2013. The Tavor set new standards for bullpups in general and has a strong military pedigree.

The SAR is the American version of the Israeli TC-21, which is the semi-automatic of the original Tavor TAR-21 developed by IWI for the Israeli Defense Force (IDF). Users immediately took to the TAR-21 but there was still room for improvement.

Responding to military and consumer feedback IWI quickly began developing the Tavor X95. The new model sports a handful of changes and improvements over the original.

The X95 features a relocated charging handle and upgraded modular forend. The handguard doubles as a rail cover for three Picatinny accessory rails at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock. Short forends are available as well. The grip is also modular and can be replaced with a traditional pistol grip.

One of the biggest improvements is the new trigger pack. Like most military bullpups the original Tavor had a long and heavy trigger pull. IWI designed the Tavor with a heavily sprung trigger to ensure reliability in extreme situations.

This may give it a tiny edge in reliability but at cost of accuracy and general shootability. When IWI US released the X95 one of its main selling points was that it had a lighter, 5- to 6-pound trigger pull.

The updated X95 is more popular, although the SAR has a following that prefers the original. (Photo: IWI US)

See Also: Tavor X95-The Ultimate Bullpup!

The X95 is available 5.56 NATO, 300 AAC Blackout and 9mm Luger. The rifle uses an interchangeable barrel system and can be converted with conversion kits. In 5.56 users have the option of 16.5- or 18.5-inch barrels.

IWI US imports a full line of X95 rifles including left-handed rifles in olive drab, flat dark earth and of course black.

It’s not just IWI US that’s making the switch to X95s. The IDF will complete their changeover to the updated rifle in 2018.

The Tavor SAR does have its own following in the U.S. Soon enough the SAR will go from niche bullpup to a collectible.

The upcoming Tavor 7 is based on the X95. The Tavor 7 is a scaled-up model chambered for .308 Winchester/7.62 NATO. The Tavor 7 is scheduled for a first-quarter release, January 2018.

Shop for your Tavor SAR or Tavor X95 on GunsAmerica.

About the author: Max Slowik is a writer with over a dozen years of experience and is a lifelong shooter. He has unwavering support for the Second Amendment and the human right to self-defense. His ambition is to follow Thomas Paine, as a journalist by profession and a propagandist by inclination.

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  • Fusedspine33 March 23, 2018, 1:15 am

    Shame to see they discontinued the SAR better accuracy over the x-95. Really hard to drop $2K on a rifle they are satisfied only shoots 4 MOA. So you had to spend a little more on a Giselle trigger pack if you wanted a super slick trigger. We all buy firearms planning to spend money on customizing ie: rails, grips, sights, ambi controls, lights, lasers, scopes. With the X-95 you can’t spend any amount of money to make it shoot more accurately.

  • Richard Turner September 19, 2017, 5:42 am

    .762 x 39 will make this weapon kick ass and I would buy one in a heartbeat. Excellent platform but it needs a bigger round.

  • mike smith September 15, 2017, 4:03 pm

    I have an increasingly bad left arm so the ability for me to shoot with one hand when needed makes it a plus for me,

  • Eric Dean September 15, 2017, 1:11 pm

    I would like to have one in 7.62×39. Its a better round and has better stats past 150 tdsandlin than the 300 black out . It also is way more economical to shoot.

  • Norm Fishler September 15, 2017, 10:43 am

    Fondled one recently & . . . No thanx. I’ve handled better balanced stone axes.

  • Lon September 15, 2017, 8:23 am

    The left would have you believe that no one “needs” a high capacity semi-auto rifle. I beg to differ, I NEED a Tavor 7. And I really really want an X95.
    Dear Santa,….

  • craig September 15, 2017, 8:15 am

    I have bullpups in all sorts of calibers. I got the 9mm adapter for the Tavor…it works great. What a gawdawful procedure to switch calibers though (thank you youtube). I like the rifle, prefer my Aug and PS90 to the Tavor though.

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