By Josh Wayner
U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- The bullpup rifle has always had a hard time clicking with the American consumer. While the layout has been around for quite some time, the execution of many a design has failed to attract more than a passing “that’s cool” from end users. All that changed with the introduction of the Tavor SAR from IWI and the subsequent X95, which is the subject of this article.
The IWI Tavor X95 is a current generation Israeli military rifle. While there are some differences between the commercial model and the actual Israeli military version, they are in principle the same gun. The rifle was originally adopted for service in 2009 and has gone by several names including the MTAR 21 and Micro Tavor, with the latter being somewhat of a misnomer as it is not substantially smaller than the full-size Tavor SAR. While the real deal rifles in Israel are somewhat different in weight and length, the versions that we get here are basically the same at just under 8lbs and about 26” overall.