[Big 3 East] IWI X95 and Updates

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IWI has been a regular down here at Big 3 East. Michael Kassnar, VP of IWI US, updated us on the status of the Galil ACE recall. According to Mike, the Galil ACE that was submitted to the ATF had two holes in the receiver. When they received the production models from Israel, they were machined with three holes and no one noticed. Not until an FFL/SOT called them on it and asked “How did you get a three hole receiver approved by ATF?” That is what started an immediate recall of the Galil ACE. At the moment there are 40 units still out in the wild. They are hoping to get that number down to 20. Right now IWI is the carrot. They are offering full retail price returns to customers including shipping. Once IWI can get as many as they can, then it is up to the ATF to be the stick. The whole “Oh I lost it in a boating accident” or “I think I sold it” will not fly with the ATF.  The ATF did allow IWI US to strip as many parts as possible from the non-compliant three hole Galils. The barrel was not salvageable. Due to ATF regulations, once a barrel is mated to a full auto receiver it is considered a machine gun barrel. So the barrel and receiver must be destroyed.

The Galil ACE pistol will be available with an SB Tactical brace designed to simulate the look of the Galil ACE wire stock. And yes, it will be side folding.

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Their Uzi Pro will also be available with an SB Tactical brace.  The braced models will be sold for an additional $120. The brace setup will be sold for $179 individually for the people who already have Uzi Pros without a brace.DSC_0206

Mike mentioned that they will be releasing the IWI DAN. It is a bolt action rifle chambered in .338 Lapua Magnum. They did not bring one for us to play with as IWI US is still test firing it and there is only one in the country right now. IWI US will be unveiling it officially at the NRA Show and will retail for $7k.

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As of March 29, 2016, IWI US shipped out its first commercial X95. It has removable covers to reveal side picatinny rails. The charging handle has been relocated to be closer to the CG of the weapon. The controls are now more like the AR15. The magazine release is just in reach of the firing hand index finger. They improved the trigger pack and now the X95 trigger is about 4-6lb pull. This new trigger will be available separately and is backwards compatible with the Tavor SAR. The trigger pack will be sold for $199.99. The X95 has a modular grip. It can have a large cutlass style handguard, like the Tavor SAR. Or it can be changed to a standard pistol grip and normal sized trigger guard.

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IWI US will be coming out with an SBR’d version of the X95 since there is a demand for the X95 Micro Tavor. It will have a 13″ barrel. No word on price or availability just yet.

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The X95 will be made in .300blk as well as a 9mm variant. Right now conversion kits for the Tavor in .300blk is held up due to proofing the barrels and head spacing. Getting the ammo takes time and that ammo has to be exported to Israel for them to test the barrels.

There was mention of a .22LR conversion kit and someone actually made a kit for the Tavor. However IWI and the manufacturer of the kit could not get the price down low enough to make it viable. The kit would have costed $500 just to convert a Tavor to shoot .22lr.

My friend Jim and I tested the X95 with my Magpul D60 drum mag. While it works with the X95, the drum hits your wrist. You end up having to chicken wing the rifle to clear the drum.

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The D60 also works in the traditional Tavor.

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PHIL note: We have an X-95 ordered for review-:)



Nicholas C

Co-Founder of KRISSTALK forums, an owner’s support group and all things KRISS Vector related. Nick found his passion through competitive shooting while living in NY. He participates in USPSA and 3Gun. He loves all things that shoots and flashlights. Really really bright flashlights.

Any questions please email him at nicholas.c@staff.thefirearmblog.com


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  • JSmath

    “Due to ATF regulations, once a barrel is mated to a full auto receiver it is considered a machine gun barrel. So the barrel and receiver must be destroyed.”

    The ATF: We’ll reach forward on the definitions between design and use, but only for stocks and braces, not barrels.

    • BattleshipGrey

      The ATF is painting themselves into a corner. Maybe (big maybe) someday Congress will put them in a permanent time-out to think about what they’ve done.

      • Martin Grønsdal

        with their pants down?

    • Scott P

      You can thank George W Bush for the barrel ban of ’05. That is why. Unless the barrels were grandfathered prior then you can’t have any barrels that were once part of a MG. They did it to try and stem the flow of parts kits coming into the country.

      Since under federal law three pins on an AK=machine gun regardless if it is truly full-auto or not the barrel mated to it is now contraband.

      • ChierDuChien

        Dubya himself probably had nothing to do with it, he was pretty much a delegator/cheerleader sort, not a hands on dude. Pointy headed career bureaucrats at BATFE probably did it themselves for spite after the AWB expired.

  • Martin Grønsdal

    “Due to ATF regulations, once a barrel is mated to a full auto receiver it is considered a machine gun barrel. So the barrel and receiver must be destroyed.”

    Do they have a separate unit; the “ATF bureau for thinking out weird rules”?

    • Giolli Joker

      Abstruse Thought Federation?

      • mig1nc

        The Federal Bureau of Always Takeaway Fun.

        • ChierDuChien

          Wait til they get to enforce Hillary’s Australian Style Gun Control. That’s when their real fun will start. Coming Spring 2017.

    • That rule was instituted several years ago to try to cut down on the number of machinegun parts kits entering the country.

      • Scott P

        This

    • The barrel ban was instituted in 2005 under the Bush admin:
      https://www.atf.gov/file/84901/download

  • Giolli Joker

    “We have an X-95 ordered for review-:)”

    It will be sent to Alex C. that is already making arrangements with Phuc Long and his disc grinder…

    • KestrelBike

      SBR X95 or nothing.

    • Nicholas C

      LOL nah, its coming to me for review. Can’t wait!

  • Dickie

    Will the 9mm variant be sold alone or is it a conversion kit. And what type of mags does it take. I hope glock

    • Nicholas C

      There will be a 9mm stand alone and conversion kits. Unfortunately the existing conversion kits do not work with the X95. I too suspect they will use converted UZI mags like the Tavar SAR 9mm does.

  • kregano

    Kinda bummed that IWI didn’t mention when the .300 Blackout X95s were predicted to come out, since that’s the version I want. Hell, I know more about when the OD green X95s are going to start shipping than the .300 Blackouts.

  • Mike C

    What bothers me is that there is nothing on an AK barrel that makes the rifle full auto, and it’s not part of the F/A receiver, so what’s the issue?
    Sounds arbitrary and capricious to me…

    • Scott P

      You can thank George W Bush for the barrel ban of ’05. That is why. Unless the barrels were grandfathered prior then you can’t have any barrels that were once part of a MG. They did it to try and stem the flow of parts kits coming into the country.

      Since under federal law three pins on an AK=machine gun regardless if it is truly full-auto or not the barrel mated to it is now contraband.

    • MrSatyre

      Aren’t ALL the laws pertaining to firearms ownership and usage arbitrary and capricious?

  • JumpIf NotZero

    You would have to be a lunatic to spend $1k-2k MORE on an IWI “DAN” rifle than to just buy a Barret MRAD.

    • Nicholas C

      I rather buy a Desert Tech rifle for the bullpup design and size.

      • iksnilol

        And here i am being cheap with the Sauer SSG I am borrowing.

  • Vitor Roma

    The SBR X95 in BLK is pretty much the perfect CQB to 300 meters gun.

    • Mario AK

      A suppressed bullpup is far from perfect.

      • Vitor Roma

        You know that the BLK is not a round to just fire heavy subsonic loads supressed right? There a nice range of supersonic rounds in the 110-155 grains that perform great out of a 13″ barrel.

        • Mario AK

          If you’re running that round and not thinking about suppressing at some point, you’re wasting your time.

      • MrSatyre

        Because…?

        • Mario AK

          Excess pressure causes gasses and unburnt residue to vent out of the ejection port, into the shooter’s breathing space. The new OSS supressors may have solved the issue, look them up.

      • To Whom It May Concern

        A suppressed FS2000 is close to perfect. I personally prefer it over all of my rifle hosts, as a lefty.

  • Jack

    Can you go shorter than 13″ on the barrel?

  • BrandonAKsALot

    If my name were Dan, I’d sure as hell be buying the Dan rifle.

  • overloadinco

    Why do some of the X-95 have a trigger guard and some have a hand guard?

    • Paladin

      They’re swappable. The end user can change one for the other.

  • Jiro

    Concerning the Galil ace debacle, the line “no body noticed” it came with a three hole receiver is pure BS. EVERYONE noticed and had so for the better part of a year until they were released. At first IWI acted dumb when called on it and even got defensive to a SOT that pointed out what they were selling, which two he had one being mine were prohibited firearms. The conversation ended with, “whatever, do as you please, but you are in for some major butt hurt,” about 2 months later 6-8 ATF agents paid IWI a visit.