Interview with Tamir Porat: Designer Behind the Tavor

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This interview is a great example of why I both love and hate Shot Show. You get to meet people from the firearms industry who travel across the globe to be there. But it’s also a crowded, noisy event without much for sit down and chat space. So please accept my apologies for the sound quality on this.

But it does offer an interesting insight into the initial development of the Tavor, and how some aftermarket add-ons like the podium can trace their origins back to that starting concept.

Some of those prototypes from Porat’s design studio have appeared on TFB before. If you haven’t seen them, I’d definitely suggest taking a look at the Versia Tavor Prototypes.

Tamir Porat is currently focused on ReCover Tactical, which makes aftermarket grip & rail panels for 1911 and M9 pistols.



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.


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  • TheNotoriousIUD

    “Tamir Porat is currently focused on ReCover Tactical, which makes aftermarket grip & rail panels for 1911 and M9 pistols.”

    I hope he saves his money.

    • Richard

      “Tamir Porat is currently focused on ReCover Tactical, which makes aftermarket grip & rail panels for 1911 and M9 pistols.”

      “Rock, meet bottom” Tamir thought to himself, as he signed the contract.

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        The one that sent him down the road to Shittsburgh.

  • TangledThorns

    The prototype is sexy.

    • ostiariusalpha

      Mr. Porat designed it to be evocative to the outline of a shark, they just had to figure out how to fit the internals in this predetermined shape; which caused the actual engineers a lot of heartburn, since that is a bass-ackward way to develop any firearm.

      • richard

        They did a good job – never shot a Tavor, I hate the AUG.

        Looks like it has some major improvements over the AUG platform – I particularly like the functional forend.

        • iksnilol

          If you hate the AUG you most likely won’t like the Tavor.

          • roguetechie

            As someone who has shot tavor’s and owned a couple different AUG over the years I will say that I liked the AUG much better.

          • MarcoPolo

            Disagree. I hate the AUG and love the Tavor.

          • Richard

            My main issue with the AUG was the silly magazine release position and the lack of a functional forend – a wobbly grip you can hold between your thumb and forefinger doesn’t count.

            Looks like the Tavor has solved both those issues.

            I much prefer the AR platform, but I’d at least consider a Tavor.

  • Vhyrus

    I saw the pic and said out loud “Walter White designed the Tavor?!”