When it comes to conflict, few areas in the world understand it better than the people around Israel. So, when Israeli weapon manufacturer IWI releases any sort of firearm, people around the world tend to pay attention. Of their designs, that one that is most well-known is the Tavor X95. Taking ourselves away from the usual highlights on new releases, we wanted to put aside some time and offer you insight on this weapon platform. Looking at the core product, we wanted to check out the X95 B16 and give you an up-close look at what the weapon could offer.
Why the IWI Tavor?
While shooters can come from a wide variety of backgrounds, at Omaha Outdoors we find that many of our customers are interested in firearms with more practical applications in mind. When it comes to practical situations, there are few platforms that are better equipped for the job than an IWI Tavor. These weapons feature a bullpup design, allowing for the same accuracy as your standard rifle while providing a more compact package. With an ergonomic configuration and reliable features, they are just what you need to stay on target.
Featuring a semi-automatic, closed rotating bolt system with long gas stroke on the piston head, the X95 was designed to deal with any obstacles that might come its way. Chambered in 5.56 NATO, the rifle features a 30-round magazine capacity and recommends using only standard Polymer magazines intended for this weapon. The all-black stock is constructed using reinforced polymer, which is tough enough to handle hard impacts and offers the natural corrosion resilience you would expect.
Offering a cold hammer-forged CrMoV 16.5” barrel, it uses 6 grooves with a 1:7 right hand twist. Though it includes a folding front sight blade and a rear sight aperture, you will likely prefer slapping a red dot or other optics on the full-length flattop rail. Overall, the gun measures only 26.12” long and weighs 7.9 lbs. Perhaps as important as these specs, the gun is very easy to disassemble and clean.
Built for The Battlefield
Before you shoot a Tavor X95, you might want to prepare yourself for the inevitable. This gun is fun to shoot, accurate, and easy to maintain. In fact, its standard 5.56 NATO chambering and factory muzzle brake make it so you can hardly feel the recoil. At the range, you can stand in place all day and continually hammer round after round without any exhaustion. The best part is, the gun remains accurate with every shot. Of course, you don’t need to take this gun to the range to realize it is ready for action.
The Tavor was built for the battlefield and has been the trusted weapon for the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) for many years now. It has also found a home in many other military and law enforcement agencies around the world and continues to expand that reach. In fact, several US-based departments have started to adopt the weapon, recognizing that it is accurate, reliable, and provides easy maintenance options.
Final Considerations – The Tavor X95
With its impressive list of features, accurate barrel, and body built to withstand the toughest conditions, the Tavor X95 is definitely a valuable tool for any tactical shooter. Whether you keep one of these around for a rainy day or you make it your go-to option for critical missions, there is no questioning the reliability of this proven platform. So, even if it is out of your price point, this is one rifle that is worth saving up for.
Regardless of what you might be looking for, the Tavor X95 Bullpup offers exceptional performance when you need it most. Its no-nonsense system was designed to work in some of the most stressful situations and it consistently delivers on the battlefield. And, with the reliable and trusted 5.56 NATO cartridge standard, it delivers just the right amount of force where it counts.
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