Select Fire Tavor X95 Appears in Canada


Also known as the Micro-Tavor, the compact bullpup currently in use with the IDF has made an appearance in North America.

Canadian company Marstar has tested both the CTAR21 and the X95 on their private range.

Unfortunately, this does not mean the Tavor X95 is any closer to civilian sales in Canada or the US. Select fire guns in Canada are prohibited, and new automatic firearms can generally only be purchased by a few licensed businesses.

Marstar has an established history importing guns for military and law enforcement sales, and presumably these two rifles were brought in as samples for a similar role.

Nonetheless, this is the first time I’ve ever seen a functioning X95 on North American soil.

The X95 and Tavor apparently share numerous parts, including the trigger pack, bolt, and receiver insert.

Visually, the front handguard and barrel are noticeably shorter. The X95 does not look like a SAR-21 at all. Mechanically, the charging handle and magazine release are much closer to the pistol grip.

X95 rifles are available in several calibers outside of the .223/5.56 standard. Notably, a 9mm submachine gun and a Ukranian produced 5.45×39 caliber version. The X95 is even smaller than the CTAR rifle, and is generally seen with a 14″ barrel.

Tavor X95 & CTAR21 side by side

Edward O

Edward is a Canadian gun owner and target shooter with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism. Crawling over mountains with tactical gear is his idea of fun. He blogs at TV-Presspass and tweets @TV_PressPass.


  • Weaver

    Really want an x95. Now I need to wipe the drool off my face.

  • dp

    Tavorich in Canada? Sure, it’s politically pre-approved. Make it 10in barrel, or even 4. And muffler on top of it. Sales guaranteed.

  • echelon

    I’ll take the MSBS any day over the Tavor. Then again, being lefty, I’ll take a standard carbine configuration over a bullpup pretty much every time…but at least the MSBS can be converted to left side fairly easily. The Polish were thinking with their dipsticks on that…IWI pretty much a big fail in that regard!

    Let the hate commence – don’t care!!! 🙂

    • Vitor

      As a lefty, I like to have high hopes on the kel-tec rdb. Now that is an elegant ejection that is soft on the brass, great for reloaders.

      • Zachary marrs

        Not so great if it jams, and being a kel tec, it will

      • Sam Schifo

        If you have high hopes for a Kel-Tec prepare to be let down.

        • Vitor

          That is why I said I like to have, I know their reputation isnt great, but all the videos of the gun I saw in action, it has looked good. It will come with a good trigger, something the Tavor does not, although it is at least easy to replace.

          By the way, MAC did a first impression of the updated M17S by K&M and its trigger has a under 4lbs pull out of the box, quite a feat. Desert Tech also knows how to make a great high end trigger in bullpups too.

          The days of bullpups equaling bad trigger are finally coming to an end, amen.

      • echelon

        Same here, but gee, you mention Kel-Tec in polite company and the haters come out in battalion strength in full kit…

        • Zachary marrs

          People hate kel tec for a reason. Just because they have neat ideas, dose not excuse them from their crappy products

          • echelon

            I’ve never had any issues with any Kel Tecs I’ve owned. There’s something to be said for crappy operators as well. I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve had people tell me such and such pistol is crap because it jams and stovepipes and then I shoot it and it’s flawless. A lot of people limp wrist the gun or just have plain bad shooting technique and then they run to the interwebs and complain that the gun is poor.

            Plus if Kel Tec had nice fat military contracts and such I’m sure they’re R&D department would continue to iron out and improve their already forward thinking designs. Let’s not forget that the M16 was a steaming pile of crap that got American soldiers in Vietnam killed…and look at where the AR platform is today…

          • Zachary marrs

            Kel tec is unwilling to expand, that is my #1 problem with them

          • echelon

            The problem is that a lot of people do not understand supply and demand and business principles. Watching the death of all of the companies who thought they’d cash in during the great panic is amusing.

            Everyone was just like why aren’t they just putting up new buildings or hiring more people or buying more machines? And smart business people know that it’s much better to have demand outstrip supply than the other way around.

            What incentive is there for KelTec to expand? So that Ruger can rip off more of their designs and leech money from them?

            Better to stay small and niche and make a nice steady profit I say.

          • Zachary marrs

            What incentive? How many times do you see guys online,saying “if only” hell, look how much over msrp the guns sale for! They have some kick ass ideas, and are one of the few companies willing to innovative instead of sharting out an ar15! If they were willing to expand, they could easily rival companies like ruger

          • echelon

            Yes but people shouting on the interwebs that they’d buy it “if only” is not a good reason to drop millions of dollars to expand in a market that is highly volatile. I’ve never had any issues getting any keltec model I’ve wanted and I’ve never paid over MSRP. Are they sometimes hard to find at the LGS? Sure. But they are always for sale online and most times they are found for good prices.

            Again, better to have demand outpace supply for the most part.

    • Vhyrus

      I am a lefty, and I own a Tavor, and it works flawlessly. I have let many right handed people shoot it and not a single person has complained. You go ahead and wait for your MSBS to get imported. I wouldn’t hold my breath if I were you.

      • echelon

        I’ve been there and done that. Your friends may not complain on the range because they’re getting to shoot your cool new toy, but trust me, nobody wants to scrunch their face back and have the brass whiz across their lips or nose.

        I won’t hold my breath for the MSBS, if it makes it’s way over here great. If not, oh well. Really looking forward to the Desert tech and RDB.

        And I’m really hoping that someone at Beretta uses their noggin and puts that push button ejection switch into a bullpup design. Or someone else highjacks it in theirs. If the Israeli’s would’ve thought of that the Tavor would’ve been genius.

  • KestrelBike

    Gah, and still the pistol-grip handguard instead of a trigger-guard!

    Besides that, though, I think IWI should start manufacturing these here in the states alongside their TAR 21, but because the back of the weapon just houses the trigger-pack/chamber/bolt, they should be cheeky and say that it’s not a stock. Then sell the 14″ barrel as a pistol!

    • You can actually swap the grips on the X95 between the Tavor-bar or a traditional trigger guard.

  • I would cough up a lot of shekels for one of them!

  • Joe

    If IWI started selling X95s with 16 inch barrels in the US, I’d buy one in an instant. As much as I like the Tavor, there are a few ergonomic issues for me that make the X95 look really attractive.

    • MrSatyre

      I’m guessing the mag release is one of them, but what are the others?

  • Wetcoaster

    I’m not jealous of the full-auto, just the full-size mags they get to have (also prohibited devices).

  • Rusty Shackleford

    When is the .308 version going to make it over?

  • Totenkopf

    This should give all of the Tavor fanbois a few more days of jackoff material.

    • MrSatyre

      Good idea! *fap-fap-fap*

  • LCON

    Speaking of Ukrainian X95’s any one seen any in the field? Every Photo I have seen is AK AK and more AK with the occasional AR clone

  • Only when the Tavor X95 will be available in the Canadian market for
    civilians will writing about it be worthwhile. Since it falls in the prohibited
    category we will have to wait for some more time before we can lay our hands on
    it. The appearance of a X95 on North American soil is very disturbing and surprising
    at the same time. And let’s not forget that the X95 and the Tavor have the
    trigger pack, bolt and receiver insert in common.