X95 Accuracy vs Colt Rack-Grade 6920 M4 by Military Arms Channel

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The X95 was released to the market with much fanfare. Focusing on streamlining the operations of the rifle, IWI had a veritable second “home run” on its hands after the original Tavor, but the weapon has been criticized for poor accuracy. Our Nathaniel F caught the first wind of the X95 having issues and again reported on it after Tim from Military Arms Channel put it through some respectable testing.

Knowing the storm of criticism that would come from such a video and responding to it with grace, Tim has released a second video (with our own Miles V shooting!) comparing the X95 to a “rack-grade” Colt 6920 LE carbine. Tim and team likewise change up the ammunition used, moving from match ammunition to common M-193 (Wolf Gold) and some 52 grain Black Hills re-manufactured match.

With consistent results across three shooters, the rack-grade Colt came out on top. Using a 15 shot group, the Colt is about 2.75″ groups and the X95 comes in at nearly 3.25″ with the group reportedly walking. Moving to 5 shot groups across the shooters, the X95 continued to show inconsistencies.

Tim states that the X95 is “slightly less accurate” than the rack-grade M4. I arrive at a different conclusion, as differences between groups show the X95 around 20% less accurate than the common M4. Heaven forbid I make a cost comparison, but that M4 is substantially less expensive than the Tavor.

My take? If that is the Tavor’s continued accuracy, its $2000 that one should hold on to for the Desert Tech MDR and other platforms coming down the pike.

Or, IWI should open the platform to barrel manufacturers to offer their own sticks for the system.

 



Nathan S.

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

Nathan can be reached at Nathan.S@TheFirearmBlog.com

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


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  • therealgreenplease

    That’s unusually poor accuracy for a modern firearm. I can only assume they botched the barrel manufacturing. Somehow. It’s not like it’s a dark art at this point.

    • ChierDuChien

      Disgruntled, low-paid Palestinian flunkies not keeping their minds on their work. Shame on them.

      • Ebby123

        Cite your sources or zip it please.

  • JSmath

    Was honestly disappointed when Tim hadn’t thrown the thing at a tree or torso plate by the end of the video. Probably expects the likely IWI follow up with a warranty fix and doesn’t want to screw that up for himself.

    Out of discussion before the neckbearded couch commanders start grumbling remarks that he’s paid off by IWI.

    • Nicks87

      I don’t think he’s paid off by IWI but I do think he wants to keep a good working relationship with them. I would’ve liked to see him shoot M855 out of both rifles head to head since that is what 1:7 barrels were made for, but oh well.

      • nadnerbus

        It’s impossible to separate the criticisms of his IWI reviews from the rampant anti semitisim and foaming Israel hate I’ve seen in some comments. Unless someone can point to an actual piece of information that shows him to be biased or bought, I’m going to assume he’s on the level. He’s never given me any reason to think otherwise.

        • Sgt. Stedenko

          79 comments in this story and not one is anti-semetic.
          Spare us your victim hood status.

          • nadnerbus

            This is a moderated site, with fewer, and disqus registered commenters. YouTube comments are generally not. I have seen some of the Jew/Israel hate in one of his old Tavor videos, along with the insinuation that he is in the back pocket of some Jewish scheme regarding the rifle.

            I’m not Jewish or particulary aligned with them on many topics, but thanks for jumping to that conclusion and proving my point.

      • Nicks87

        Not sure why my response to MAC got deleted. It wasn’t offensive or political or even disrespectful. What gives TFB?

  • De Facto

    Has IWI responded to this at all? This is going to hurt their brand if they don’t correct it.

    • Harry’s Holsters

      I don’t know about that. If I buy one like most X95 buyers it’ll be for the collection. I’ll stick to ARs for my go to rifles.

    • Military Arms Channel

      I don’t believe IWI see’s a problem with the performance.

      • De Facto

        Would you rate it’s performance above or below the Tavor?

  • C. Her

    Thanks for sharing this using real world facts and tests. I’ve saved enough to purchase a X95 and was going to buy one once I’ve saved a little bit more to buy a higher end optic for it too. I guess I’ll keep on saving for up and coming bullpup modern sporting rifles.

  • manBear

    Wow that is really surprising and disappointing! Especially for that kind of $$$

    • Harry’s Holsters

      I understand Tim’s point comparing it to a non free floated rifle given the M4 is not free floated. But at the same time a 6920 costs $800-$1000 right now. The X95 cost double.

      Any well regarded company’s AR15 for $1500 or more is going to shoot Approximately 1 MOA with with the right ammo. I’d expect an $1800 223 to come close to that.

      • Joshua

        With match ammo a free floated M4A1 is capable of .89-1moa accuracy.

        • Devil_Doc

          You sure? I heard it was closer to .86-.970452987…. Check your data fam.

  • TangledThorns

    Yeah people may wait for the Desert Tech MDR but no one knows for certain on when we’ll see them. At least the X95 exists.

    • Harry’s Holsters

      I’ve been really excited about the MDR since they announced it. But it keeps getting pushed back. Kel Tec’s RDB actually looks like a good option and I’ve never been a fan of Kel Tec.

    • Military Arms Channel

      A lot of people have high hopes for the MDR. A lot of people had high hopes for the Beretta ARX100. People were saying the ARX was going to be the “AR15 killer”. Then it comes out and no one likes it. People love what they can’t have. I’ll wait to say the MDR is the greatest thing since sliced bread until I have one for 6 months and put thousands of rounds through it. Until then, I’ll take something that’s available and I know works.

      • Austin

        Granted I haven’t shot one but as someone who shoots long guns lefty, I love the concept of the ARX

        • Military Arms Channel

          I know the guys here don’t like the ARX100, but I actually do. It’s one of the few guns I’ve beaten the snot out of and still haven’t gotten it to give up the ghost. I agree they’re ugly, but setting that aside it’s one well made rifle in my experience.

          • Austin

            While it doesn’t look as classy as say one if the members of the 550 family, I think it looks better than an AR.

    • Dan Atwater

      The Steyr AUG actually exists too and is capable of ~1 MOA.

      • 68Whiskey

        I haven’t experienced 1MOA out of mine, but I know for darn sure it’ll beat the pants off of 3MOA… and would have done so 40 years ago.

      • toms

        My Aug will shoot 1″ to 1.5″ easy. The Aug is a better gun in my opinion too. Very advanced for a 50 year old rifle.

    • Austin

      And I would be shocked if the MDR comes in under $3000

      • bill

        I take it you missed the memo. Pre-sales are $2000 and $2250 for 5.56 and 7.62 respectively.

        • Austin

          That might be the preorder price but I’ll believe that price when I see it in stock for that

  • BBug

    Are there accuracy issues with the Tavor too? The article seems to imply that the X95 and the Tavor are the same rifle.

    • Paul O.

      Tavors are consistently 1 1/2 MOA guns. I confirmed this with my own Tavor. What IWI did to screw up the X95 remains to be determined.

      • Devil_Doc

        I handload 77gr Nosler custom comps for my Tavor, and it is extremely accurate. The new X95 has a 1/10 twist rate though, makes sense that MAC got better results with lighter ammo..

        • Military Arms Channel

          The X95 does not have a 1:10 twist, it is 1:7. The SMG (aka 9mm) has a 1:10. I think you misread their specs on the website.

          • Devil_Doc

            You’re right, I scanned the Wiki article too quickly. If the X95 is 1/7, why use light bullets though? Why not go with 62gr or 77? Not being critical, honestly curious..

      • Cal.Bar

        So why in the HELL are people all excited about the bloody X95?? MAC has already shown that the AR “style” meg release is in the wrong place and not ergonomic,now with the accuracy issue – just stick with the Tavor and be done with it.

      • Joseph Goins

        They changed the design of the X95’s plastic chassis between the LE/MIL model and the civilian versions. I bet that would have something to do with it.

    • They are very similar, in operating mechanisms.

  • forrest1985

    Another nail in the “bullpup” coffin! Keep ’em coming TFB

    • GhostTrain81

      Can save some money by getting smaller coffins because of their overall length 😀

    • roguetechie

      I wouldn’t count out the bullpup just yet. I made the mistake of selling my AUG, now I’m looking at a heart surgery and I am not about to try and run my 20 inch HBAR Because I am not strong enough to control it to my satisfaction. But a buddy brought out an AUG for me which was not just safe but I ran that thing like I stole it with ease. Now, remember the whole females in combat arms thing? Like I said don’t count them out yet.

      • raz-0

        IS that because your 20″ HBAR is too heavy? Because you can certainly build a lighter AR. I have one with a 16″ barrel, without a lot of plastic on it, with iron sights, that weighs in just shy of 6lbs. It’s not exactly taxing to operate it.

        • roguetechie

          Its actually the balance point being so far forward that I just tire out and never achieve the steadiness I want. I hold myself to a high standard when it comes to running my guns safely. I have a 16 inch carbine AR as well as a whole herd of AK VZ and other stuff, but being safe is always my #1 priority. I would want to sell my collection if I had ND’s consistently. It’s only fun when the only noise you hear is the shot and ringing steel. A shot and a scream would be horrible to be a part of.

      • Bill

        I broke my left shoulder and being right-handed was still able to qualify with an AUG when I couldn’t even lift an AR.

        I had a heart attack not too long ago, maybe I can write off a bullpup as a medical necessity 😉

        • roguetechie

          Oooh you try it first, if the IRS doesn’t balk I have some shopping to do.

  • BillC

    Oh No, it sucks! So it’s still cheaper to buy (or make) an M4gery SBR with a match barrel, including the $200 tax stamp, have (or buy) a better trigger, and have better aftermarket support. But, but, it’s what the Israelis use! Not only will the M4gery be cheaper and consistent accuracy, you can do more with it in terms of rails (space to put things on or not, pic, keymod, or mlok).

  • flashoverride

    Ugh. Thing looks like a dog. Pay more, get less!

    No thank you.

    Also, in YouTube comments the channel keeps arguing it’s test of military rifles so cost shouldn’t be a factor, but I’m pretty sure that military acceptance tests don’t involve shooting less than 100 rounds at some targets at 100 yards from a bench rest.

  • 1.) Factory barrel torquing specs off?
    2.) Resonance?
    3.) Cheap barrels?
    4.) ????headspacing????

    • Drew Coleman

      Sounds like this is the norm, so either it’s a design flaw with how the barrel mates to the receiver and is held in place, or cheap barrels.

    • Military Arms Channel

      There aren’t any torque specs on the X95. It uses a locking system that is either locked or not.

      • It took me 90 seconds to type out hypothesis #1 simply becsuse i was not confident on the mounting method. Glad you caught that!

  • Devil_Doc

    My Tavor has a 1/7 twist, and is quite accurate with heavier bullets (esp 77gr), consistently 1-1.5 in at 100yds. Why did IWI go to a 1/10 on the X95? The only logic I can see is that they want 55gr ball to be right on the edge of destabilization out of a 16 in barrel. Terminal performance trumps battlefield accuracy? The Tavor and X95 were never intended as DMRs, so I guess it makes sense to lose a bit of accuracy in favor of getting max performance out of NATO ball ammo. Yes/no?

    • Jason Guhl

      I didn’t know they changed the barrel twist! Thanks for bringing that to my attention. My Tavor is also accurate enough with th 1/7 barrel, not a tack driver but plenty accurate. Why would they change the barrel?

    • Military Arms Channel

      They didn’t go to 1:10 on the X95 5.56mm, it’s 1:7. The SMG (aka 9mm) that’s not on the market yet has a 1:10 twist.

      • Devil_Doc

        Thank you, I read the Wiki article too quickly.

    • CommonSense23

      How many rounds are you firing in a group?

      • Devil_Doc

        3-5.

  • Asdf

    I want to see him compare the $2000 bullpup with a $2000 AR and show me the difference in accuracy.

    • Dracon1201

      100% what I thought.

    • Military Arms Channel

      Not everything is driven by cost. This was a comparison with military service rifles. Will a match rifle out perform a rack grade service rifle? God, I hope so.

      • Guardian

        A lot of people like to point out cost, but the Tavor/X95 series are still somewhat recouping R&D, and enjoying patent protection, compared to the well established AR platform. I think it could sell better at the 1500 mark but no enough to justify the drop to that price level, at least from their prospective.

  • Austin

    Three things:
    First, he possibly hit the nail on the head when he said that the bullpups aren’t as second nature to most as an AR. This could explain some of the inconsistent groups.

    Second, I think this is an issue with barrels since it was designed for a 13″ something could have gotten wonky when the extended it.

    Finally, why didn’t he count the M4 flyer like he counted the Tavor flyers?

    • DIR911911 .

      because that was more likely the shooter was taking aim at the wrong target from what he said.

      • Austin

        How do you aim at the wrong target, you always verify which target to your spotter before starting the group.

        • Military Arms Channel

          The targets were stacked side by side, there were about 30 of them down there. I’ve not made that mistake, but Dave did. I don’t think it’s the end of the world.

    • Military Arms Channel

      What flyer are you talking about? I measured the groups the same way for both the M4 and the X95 and didn’t exclude any shots.

  • Dracon1201

    Oh look, the X95 got outshot by a rifle half it’s price. I bet a more comparable AR would run circles around it.

    • forrest1985

      Not just Tavors! I’d like a shoot off between F2000, X95, Famas G2, L85A2, AUGA3 and any other modern bullpups versus a similarly priced AR!

      • Austin

        If they were made here they would be within a few hundred of colt or FN America(look at the RDB) but importing ain’t cheap you havethe cost of shipping and you have to swap out parts for American made ones thank to 922r.

        • forrest1985

          I accept that but then the price must reflect the “short cuts”. Also tricky i know, but i would still love to see this test versus “home made” variants i.e not 922r so the F2000 from FNH.

          • Austin

            I would guess that they will all be 2-3.5 moa

      • Dracon1201

        I think it’s long overdue at this point. I think MAC needs to do this. Multiple shooters, 15rd groups.

  • Colin s

    I know there are a few differences between Tavor and X95, does this include how the barrels are mounted? If not would it be possible to swap them and re-run the test?

    • Sickshooter0

      The X95 has polymer rings at the front and rear of the barrel. Tim at MAC thought this may be contributing to the accuracy issue however he did remover the front ring and saw no change in accuracy.

    • Military Arms Channel

      The barrel mounts the same way but the X95 has a redesigned barrel. The gas system is slightly different as is the barrel profile.

      • Colin s

        Thanks for the reply Tim,
        Have IWI said anything about the issue? I imagine quite a few people have been asking them.
        Also, has it stopped the x95 replacing the Tavor as your go to rifle or does it not bother you enough?

        • Military Arms Channel

          I’m still using the Tavor. I haven’t spoken to IWI about my findings. Honestly, I prefer the feel of the Tavor.

  • Ebby123

    “Or, IWI should open the platform to barrel manufacturers to offer their own sticks for the system.”

    SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!! SHILLEN, BARTLEIN?! YOU LISTENING??

  • Gregory

    I still have the same question. Is the top rail shifting? How is it attached and what is it attached to?

  • TJbrena

    I’d have liked to see the use of ammo designed for 1:7 barrels.

  • As far as optics not long ago I arranged a loan of some very expensive scopes for a couple of long range rifle test. Just like Tim when we finish using them they will go back to the companies they came from. I know I can’t afford those optics and I imagine he gets them on loan like we do.
    You can’t get the max out of a rifle without good optics so that’s what we use.

  • I have one in my gun shop for sale if you’re still looking.