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.
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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.