Official: .300 BLK for Tavor

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Coming from Laura Burgess Marketing, IWI USA has pushed out an announcement about their newest product, a .300 Black Out SAR rifle, and a conversion kit for those with the 5.56x45mm version. The standalone rifle is going with an MSRP of $2,049, a couple hundred dollars more than the standard rifle MSRP. The conversion kit is going for $499. Both the kit and the rifle can be ordered in the 16.5 inch or 18 inch barrel versions. In addition the kit comes with a barrel wrench for those who might not have the issued barrel wrench that the original SAR came with.

Outside of IWI, Gearhead Works has a working .300 Black Out barrel. The last time I talked to Paul Reavis at Bullpup 2015, he said that he was still going through testing of it, because he wasn’t comfortable with several loadings of .300 BLK, and would release it for sale after he completes testing. Manticore was looking into one as well, but the owner decided against it because of the larges costs in barrel manufacture.

The .300 BLK still has a long way to go in terms of use and experience when it comes to really becoming an established cartridge in the firearms world. For any new cartridge, adoption by a military or Police force usually signifies a good grounding, especially in large numbers. As of now, only the Dutch SF has ordered a number of rifles in the caliber. We shall see where this development of the Tavor goes, but I’m still waiting for the commercial release of the X95!

IWI US, Inc., a subsidiary of Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) Ltd., is proud to announce a new caliber for the TAVOR® SAR; the .300 Blackout. The bullpup deemed “Rifle of the Year” by the NRA’s American Rifleman Magazine in 2014 continues to excite the American audience who have embraced the TAVOR SAR and the bullpup concept with open arms. For those who already own a TAVOR® SAR in 5.56 NATO or 9mm, a .300 Blackout conversion kit will also be available.

“We’ve had a ton of requests for this particular caliber as its popularity has grown as a good self-defense round as well as a hunting round,” Michael Kassnar, VP of Sales and Marketing for IWI US explained. “The .300 Blackout is a highly accurate, soft shooting round that is also a very effective hunting round, unlike the lighter more traditional varmint or military calibers. We listened to our customers on Facebook and through our Customer Service Department and this was a round that kept coming up to the top of the wish list. And we listened to our customers express their need for a .300 Blackout rifle that can reliably handle sub-sonic and supersonic loads. The result is an integral gas regulator built into the Tavor barrel that is easily adjustable for sub or supersonic rounds.”

The TAVOR® SAR bullpup configuration offers the short rifle convenience but with a full size rifle’s velocity, energy and accuracy. All of the TAVOR® SAR’s parts are MIL-STD and 100% interchangeable. The 16.5” or 18” .300 Blackout barrel is cold-hammer forged and chrome lined, made from CrMoV steel. The long-stroke gas piston system is also 100% ambidextrous in configuration and operation with an optional opposite hand bolt, and a simple field stripping is all that is needed to quickly and easily break down the TAVOR into two major serviceable subassemblies. MSRP is $ 2,049.00.

The .300 Blackout conversion kit includes a 16.5” or 18” cold hammer forged chrome lined barrel made of CrMoV steel with a 1:7 right hand twist, a headspaced bolt, an A2 flash suppressor and barrel wrench.  MSRP is $499.00.


Miles Vining

Former Infantry Marine and currently studying at Indiana University in Bloomington. I’m an avid shooter, you’ll find me most at home picking apart an interesting rifle or pistol. When not receiving horrible results at Steel Challenge competitions, I’m busy learning obscure languages, cycling long distance, and getting outdrunk by the English. I’ve written for Small Arms Review/Small Arms Defense Journal, Combat & Survival magazine, Forgotten Weapons, and a random Chinese small arms magazine that copied one of my articles. But that still counts right? Feel free to contact me at miles@tfb.tv, I really love the interaction between us and the readers, it makes all the late nights worth it.


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  • santi

    Sign me up for the conversion kit! That seems to be a great price.

    • JumpIf NotZero

      I’m sorry what? Sarcasm?

      $500 is NOT a good price for a barrel and integrated gas system.

      • santi

        Idk, I thought it was, considering how much I have been spending “quality” AR barrels alone.

        • Stonia

          It also includes a head-spaced bolt.

          • JumpIf NotZero

            Meh… Bolt, Barrel with gas system…. I guess its not that far out there. I wasn’t considering street price as well. It’s not a deal… but it’s not robbery either.

          • KestrelBike

            Gotta consider the supply & demand economics for it as well. They can’t sell them dirt cheap because there is a certain level of quality they need to reach, as well as the R&D costs (small though they may be compared to other projects) that they need to recover, as well as the limited amount of sales that they’re actually going to make. It’s really a niche product by a couple factors:

            #1 – The Tavor itself: only die-hard enthusiasts like us actually know/care about it. David the insurance adjuster who walks into the gun store at his cousin Bubba’s insistence is going to see one and think “Oooh space age!” and then walk out with an M&P15 Sport for $800 (LGS gouge-price that’s $200 above real value) if he walks out with anything at all. Those luke-warm on the concept will balk at the price ~$1,500+.

            #2 – Those who decided to buy a Tavor would probably splurge for the 9mm kit first, if they haven’t already, and at this point will probably not want to throw even more money at a system that takes a fair bit of work to convert and not exactly something that can be done quickly at the range.

            Those who actually buy a .300BLK kit will be devoted to the Tavor, and great for them. I love my Tavor and think it’s a fantastic weapon (just wish I had married her sexier X95 sister instead though lol!). However, like you said above, if I’m going to toss 50 cents down the barrel every trigger pull, I’d do it on my SBR’d, Suppressed 8.5″ barrel AR that I built specifically for .300blk. So I definitely agree with your above points.

            HOWEVER – what this all means is that IWI can’t afford to just give this thing away, and frankly it’s friggen amazing/awesome that they listened to their customers who, for whatever reason, clamored for a 300blk kit. This apparently has not come at the cost of X95 development, so us consumers have really nothing to complain about. They could have gouged like crazy on the Tavor price at the beginning and charged $2,500+, but they didn’t, they were selling to distributors at a price point that allowed ~$1,950 when they first came out, and now that the market has had time to breathe, they’re going for $1,700 give or take. IWI is a smart company, and I applaud them giving a hoot about what their customers say/want.

  • iksnilol

    It isn’t completely ambi if it needs a conversion to work left handed.

    Nitpick aside, what’s the point if the 300 BLK barrel isn’t short? I mean, that’s what 300 BLK was made for. Shooting it out of a regular length barrel kinda defeats the purpose.

    • kregano

      Legal hunting with a modern rifle.

    • RocketScientist

      Easily suppressed, with reasonable overall length, without needing additional tax stamp for SBR.

      • iksnilol

        Entire point of 300 BLK is that you can use really short barrels with it. I wouldn’t get a 300 BLK without a 9 inch barrel.

        Cartridges themselves have nothing to do with suppression except for being subsonic or not.

        • RocketScientist

          No, thats not the ENTIRE point of the 300 BLK. Another of its major benefits is the ability to have good-performing subsonic and supersonic loading in a single caliber designation.

          “Cartridges themselves have nothing to do with suppression except for being subsonic or not.”

          Can’t tell if you’re intentionally being obtuse, or are really this dumb. Yes, of course, virtually any bullet that is subsonic can be suppressed effectively. But there is an advantage to having a caliber that can be loaded to sub-sonic velocities (with heavy enough projectiles to still be effective, albeit over a shorter range), and ALSO loaded with lighter projectiles to higher velocities for typical “intermediate cartridge” performance at more reasonable ranges. This flexibility is a large part of the appeal of the .300 BLK to many people. I can build an AR (or buy a SAR) and use it to hunt or target shoot or ring steel or whatever out to a few hundred yards, then swap ammo, screw on a suppressor and hunt hogs/predators close-in, have a good home defense gun (no hearing pro needed), etc. With a longer barrel, you can still do those things with some added inconvenience. Using a bullpup reduces/eliminates that added inconvenience, without requiring a few hundred more bucks, a legal hassle, and several months wait (and the inability to use for hunting in many states). While I’m not planning on buying a SAR in .300 BLK, you can’t pretend that there is no benefit to many people to having a shorter overall length with a longer barrel, or that the ONLY reason for the .300 BLK’s existence is its efficiency out of shorter barrels.

    • HSR47

      It’s not 100% ambi at all times, but it comes with all the parts to configure it as friendly to either handedness with the sole exception of the tools you need to use to actually swap it back and forth (barrel wrench, and whatever pin punches/mallets you need to disassemble the bolt carrier group).

      • iksnilol

        Well, then you can’t really call it ambi, now can you?

    • uisconfruzed

      It rocks in an AR suppressed AR!

  • KestrelBike

    I’m also waiting to see about the X95. If I could, I’d definitely straight-up-trade my SAR for one. What would be really neat is if they release it, but also make shorter barrels available for those who choose to SBR their weapon.

  • JumpIf NotZero

    Interesting… Because the Tavor suppresses so poorly (pistol length gas piston system on all versions), and the users face is right at the action, anyone with dreams of a quiet suppressed 300blk subsonic gun is going to be sorely disappointed.

    Supersonic would be fine, but subs in this gun would be practically useless.

    • Old Fart

      +1

    • Robert Powell

      I disagree it suppresses poorly. No better or worse then any piston ar, scar, etc. that I’ve run. I don’t notice an increase in noise or gas blowing back.

      • Dan

        I disagree. I put my Recce 7 on my Tavor. Does it suppress and cycle fine? Yes. But you cant shoot more than 2 or 3 rounds off, back-to-back. Otherwise, you get so much gas in your face, you can’t even see.

        • Jeremy Star

          Have you replaced the standard ejection port cover with one of the aftermarket ones meant to eliminate gas expulsion?

  • CanadianShill

    If you can afford to pick this rifle up on a whim you’re probably also they guy that can afford to put the ammo through it in any quantity… The last time I saw it in stock it was $1.25 a round.. I wish

    • Robert Powell

      I’ve been buying PNW lately for .50 for 147gr and their subsonic 220gr for about .60 a round. Not the cheapest but the price has come down drastically the last few years.

    • John Daniels

      People who still complain about the price of that ammunition should go look at prices more than once a year, or better yet start loading their own.

      • CanadianShill

        I checked a week ago online… Same story still here in Afcanistan. I’d rather not reload a cartridge I’d shoot thousands of a year also, that’s why I buy 7.62×39 and .223 bulk… but I’m lazy so…

        • John Daniels

          Well, Canada sucks and there’s nothing that can be done about that. Too bad.

          • CanadianShill

            Yep. My guess is the ammo has been on the shelf a long time here, with ARs restricted there’s probably not too much demand to shoot paper targets with a larger round, and suppressing here is a dirty word. Maybe once the old stock is finally bought up it’ll drop, wouldn’t hold my breath with the exchange rate as it is though.

  • kregano

    You know, this would’ve been a must have for me a few months ago, but after seeing the InRange TV KelTec RDB review… I would pick up a .300 Blackout RDB over a .300 Blackout Tavor. It would probably be cheaper (even with the current scarcity induced RDB price bump) AND it would suppress better.

    • Vitor Roma

      Supresses better, better trigger, lefty friendly. I believe that the only advanage Tavor has is more reliability in mud test. Btw, they need to test a Tavor.

    • uisconfruzed

      KelTec has great ideas, yet lacks a QA dept.
      I’d LOVE to have something like a PMR30 made by Ruger, Glock, Springfield, etc.
      Anyone other than Keltec

  • Stonia

    I’d like to see an integrally suppressed 9 in barrel with a 16 in OAL.

  • Arandor Thinnorion

    The price of 300 BLK has been coming down slowly. Right now AmmoSeek has it as low as $0.36/round (250 rounds).

    • CanadianShill

      This excites me greatly

    • Old Fart

      No, it’s $0.41

      • uisconfruzed

        My reloads are more consistent than new factory ammo.
        Rem ammo can’t touch what I cook up at home.

        • RSG

          You’re comparing apples to elephants. I’d dare say any competent reloader is going to produce cartridges that are infinitely more accurate and reliable compared to any remanufactured ammo that’s available.

    • Arandor Thinnorion

      I just checked AmmoSeek again. Blok Tactical has it for $0.36/round and Ozark Ordnance has it for $0.39/round (see attached image). Those prices don’t include shipping.

  • thedonn007

    Why is a new bolt required? Just just be a barrel swap.

    • ostiariusalpha

      Yes, for the most part. It’s not an absolute necessity, but it is just nice to know that the barrel and bolt are properly headspaced to each other.

  • Mister Thomas

    Nice to see the 18 inch barrel option as well.

    • JSmath

      Why do you feel that way?

      • Mister Thomas

        The overall length is already so short that an extra two inches is negligible – and there should be in improvement in velocity.

        • uisconfruzed

          The 300BLK is designed with powder for optimum performance with a 8″-9″ barrel.
          Why would an additional 10″ of barrel length improve that? I have a 300BLK SBR & handload. It’s loaded with pistol powder. If they could make it with a 9″-10″ barrel with clearance for a can, I’d want one. For now I’ll stick with my AR SBR.

        • JSmath

          I would worry that many loadings would be so centered around the 300BLK’s popularity in SBR barrel length (9-11″), that you might actually lose some performance instead.

          PCCs would be a lot more common and respectable if having them in 8-14″ wasn’t some big deal, imo.

  • Bosch

    Well, so much for the Blackout AR I was working on…

    Even with the suppressor, the Tavor will be 2-3 inches shorter. Tavor reliability? Check. Ergonomics? Check. Ridiculous sight over bore and blowback? Well, okay, maybe I’ll do both. Both is good.

  • Porty1119

    Ergonomically speaking, the Tavor is my favorite EBR bar none, especially as a southpaw. Economically speaking, not so much. That conversion kit alone is in the realm of low-end AR prices.

  • Green Hell

    They also made 5.45×39 version for Ukraine.

    • Bear The Grizzly

      A while ago they said the reason for no 5.45 conversion was, due to ridiculous import laws, it would have to use a US made magazine to be compliant and IWI felt no one made a quality 5.45 magazine yet. I would think if a company like Magpul put one out it wouldn’t be long before they sold the conversion here.

    • DB

      That would work for me!! Put those Yugo “poison bullets” in there and tear legs off!!

  • Cymond

    It’s nice that they’re offering it as a factory option instead of just as a conversion kit.
    I don’t have a Tavor, but if I were going to buy one, I think I’d want 9mm and 300 Blackout, skipping the 223 Rem barrel.

  • Lance

    Still way too expensive!

  • LV-426

    X95 SBR 300BLK!!!!! Or this!!

  • Bear The Grizzly

    A fair amount of states won’t allow hunting with a .223 and the 300blk offers much better margin for error, but that’s another topic. Being able to simply swap a barrel to give you medium sized game hunting capability is a huge plus to most people already knee deep into the ar/5.56 world.

    • iksnilol

      Ah, makes sense.

      Similar reasons for why subsonic 50 Alaskan is the name of the game in Norway for the quiet hunter (Hint: the law is that you can hunt moose with a cartridge that generates 2000 joules at 100 meters with a 10 gram or heavier bullet).

  • AbeFroman

    Since .300 Blk was designed to fire out of a 9 inch barrel (with incremental improvements in fps and ft/lb) will they release a 9 inch .300 Blk barrel assembly, I wonder?

    • JSmath

      Considering how tight the front end is, that’s very unlikely.

  • Mark

    “There’s a sucker born every minute”… and they are all fond of the Tavor. Boycott any company that provides such substandard product at inflated prices.

  • DB

    Lot of states don’t allow large game hunting (i.e.: Hogs, Deer) with a .22 caliber round. Florida is one, and hogs are a major problem here, destroying land, breaking cattles legs in rootings. They breed like rabbits (Hog) and it doesn’t matter what is backing up that .22, still can’t do it. Stupid because a 5.56/223 will take out a hog in a second. 300 BLK works great though.

  • DB

    A lot of states Florida is one, can’t hunt large game (i.e. Hog, Deer) with a .22 cal bullet, no matter what backs it up. Hogs are a major problem here, damage crops, tear up land and cattle break legs in the rooting. 300 BLK works great (HOG HAMMER) but it’s also stupid as a .223 or 5.56 will drop them both no problem, but you know how the game is played…think up something stupid, make it a law even if it doesn’t make sense!

  • CavScout

    Does this really make sense? The powder burns almost completely in the first 9″ of the barrel. I wouldn’t think the 16″ barrel gives you much more velocity than a 9″, so why bother?

    • Kiran Buenafe

      Because laws. If we could all have 9″ barrels, we probably would.

  • RSG

    I too have used lots of 300blk remanufactured ammo from freedom munitions. They’ve gone bang every time, so there’s that. But the quality and consistency can’t compare to gourmet, home cooked match reloads.