Photo Comparison: 3 Types of Tavor BUIS

Between the IWI US powerhouse bringing bullpups back to America, and the IDF upgrading their standard issue infantry rifle, the Tavor platform has gone through a number of iterations. Here we’re going to take a closer look at 3 variants, and the factory sighting systems they come with.

We’ll start with the original: the IDF standard issue CTAR-21. Without an inch of picatinny rail on it, this unit features an Mepro 21 optic that’s mated directly to the barrel of the rifle.


The co-witnessing BUIS are built into the hand-guard and gas-tube. While the front sight folds down, the rear sight twists up into position. Only the front sight is adjustable, with both wind-age and elevation controls.


You’ll notice the front sight features tritium illumination, and while the rear sight has two holes for additional night sight illumination, this civilian variant does not include rear tritium.


It’s tough to get a sight picture on camera with the co-witnessed Mepro, but here’s a rough idea.


This next one should look familiar to American Tavor owners. The flattop rail includes a set of integrated BUIS. Here you’ve got a very slim front and the distinctive tombstone rear sight.


The rear peep folds forward, while the front sight folds backward. Here again, only the front sight is adjustable and illuminated, but there’s no option to add tritium to the rear sight.


The front sight includes a section of “pseudo picatinny” that lets it blend into the rail and serves at the grip point to deploy the sight.


Here’s that sight picture with it’s notably simple layout.


And finally, we have the current Israeli line of iron sights. These come in addition to the integrated flattop irons on all new Israeli Tavors. In theory both sets of sights could be deployed at the same time if you reduced the distance between the rail mounted irons.


Here we have a shrouded front sight, once again with tritium and elevation adjustment.


But in the rear we have an adjustable windage dial, and two sizes of peep sight.


Take a look at the sight picture when that format all comes together.


The X95 that’s in current use by the IDF and coming soon to American shores will have it’s own distinctive BUIS. Expect to see that in the next few months.

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.


  • Nicholas C

    Edward, I have the X95 in hand. Do you want photos of its iron sights? They looks just like the Civilian Tavor SAR

    • Hmm. No, no photos thanks. You just pop that gun in the mail and I’ll take the photos myself. That’ll work greeeeat.

  • Vhyrus

    The sights on the stock US tavor are truly awful. I put magpul buis on mine to avoid using them.

  • Devil_Doc

    I actually really like the sights on my Tavor, and I shoot surprisingly well with them..

    • Jason Guhl

      I am surprised. I can’t stand them. It’s nice that they are there, but they are terrible. The rear aperture needs to be bigger.

      • iksnilol

        Expanding the aperture shouldn’t be too hard.

      • Devil_Doc

        How do you do with other types of peep rear sights, like the FAL or AR-15?

        • Jason Guhl

          I haven’t shot a FAL. I do great with AR15 sights. I love M1A sights (for precise shooting). I think the Tavors are too far back/dark/too small for my eyes.

  • GhostTrain81

    On the X-95, does the rail segment need to be removed to pull out the barrel?

    It is my one gripe about the SAR’s factory rail, if you want to do a full disassembly.

  • iksnilol

    Those sights look like they’d snap off if you so much as sneezed at them.