The new IWI Tavor 7 in .308 Win – The official details

The teaser image of the new Tavor 7 that IWI US posted on Facebook had a lot of response and raised more than a few questions.

IWI USA have now officially posted the specifications of the 7,62 NATO / .308 Win Tavor 7.

I’m guessing the name Tavor 7 comes from the “7” in 7,62.

Unfortunately my own Tavor (5,56) mostly sees the inside of my very dark safe, but I actually took it to the shooting range yesterday to show and educate some people about the bullpup design. Good timing, as IWI released their new rifle.

 

TAVOR 7 Specifications:
• Caliber: 7.62 NATO/.308 Win
• Barrel: CHF/CL 1:12 twist with a 16″ barrel; 1:10 with 18″ barrel
• OAL: 26.75″ with 16″ barrel (without flash suppressor)
• Weight: 8.6 Lbs.
• Optional calibers & Conversion Kits: TBD
• Colors: Black, FDE and OD Green

Features (muzzle to butt):
• Muzzle threads: 5/8 x 24
• 4 position variable gas regulator (including off)
• Upper forend: 2 MLOK slots at 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock
• Lower forend: Removable SAR styled forend cover that exposes one integral pic rail at    6  o’clock when removed.
• Charging handle lockable in open position, similar to an MP5.
• Full length one piece Picatinny (Mil-Spec) top rail with integral folding BUIS; Tritium front post.
• Cutlass style grip modifiable to pistol grip with traditional trigger guard; same as X95.
• Short stroke gas piston (unlike our long stroke SAR and X95).
• Uses LR/SR25 magazines and comes with one 20-round Magpul PMAG with window (in states without capacity restrictions; 10 round for restricted states).
• Bolt release is Tavor SAR style along centerline or release from MP5 style charging handle
• Fire control group is not interchangeable with SAR or X95.

Ambidextrous Features:
• Ambidextrous bolt; no opposite hand bolt needed for conversion to opposite hand operation. No need to return the gun to IWI US for opposite hand conversion and head space checking.
• Ambidextrous (all the time) magazine release position like our X95, similar to an AR-15.
• Ambidextrous charging handle with push through receiver functionality. No need for tools or any disassembly.
• Ambidextrous (all the time) safety selector with a 45 degree rotation (unlike 90 degrees on our SAR and X95).
• Ambidextrous (all the time) bolt release behind magazine; similar to the Tavor SAR.
• Ejection port covers are user configurable in the field with a simple slide of the case deflector.

The first shipments are projected to start in January 2018.

The price is yet to be decided.

People looking to shoot a 30 caliber round can also look at the 300 Blackout conversion kits for the Tavor SAR. The first components for 200 x .300 Blackout conversion kits will start shipping very soon in the US.

I don’t know if the picture is of a prototype or if the Tavor 7 will look just like pictured.

I notice it doesn’t have the same large padding as my Tavor. The padding would most likely do more good on the 308 than on the 556.

A friend of mine has a Kel-Tec RFB with a huge JP recoil eliminator. With the Tavor 7 you won’t get away from the fact that the tip of the 308 barrel is very close to your face, but I’m sure it’s a better choice than the Kel-Tec. And I wonder what the trigger will be like on the Tavor 7, my money is on ‘very hard’.



Eric B

Ex-Arctic Ranger. Competitive practical shooter and hunter with an European focus. Always ready to increase my collection of modern semi-automatic firearms, optics and sound suppressors. Owning the night would be nice too.


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  • Major Tom

    And once again the most important detail is missing. The price!

    • Eric B

      If you say you don’t like it it may be cheaper? 🙂

    • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

      Well he did mention that IWI has not yet released an MSRP, but you can bet it will be a few hundred more than the 5.56 version.

      And if price is the most important detail, the Tavor probably isnt for you.

      • Eric B

        I already have a Tavor. I didn’t buy it because it was cheap, I bought it because I didn’t want another AR15 and I wanted to try the concept.

    • Sermon 7.62

      That’s because price depends on HYPE. Be patient, it’s coming.

  • Vitor Roma

    Damn, fully ambi gun with a easy to reverse bolt ejection. IWI really did their homework and Desert Tech just soiled their undies.

    • RSG

      It’s been confirmed that the Desert Tech “undies” is also mythical vaporware.

      • PK

        Desert Tech… the choice of commandos, the world over.

        • Major Tom

          Said no one ever.

          • PK

            Desert Tech… the choice for going commando, the world over.

      • no no no it is a quantifiable fact that desert tech has no pants

        • lynyrd65

          Desert Tech’s pants could only be on fire so long before they completely burnt away.

    • SP mclaughlin

      The Tavor series has always been that ambidextrous.

      • cwp

        I have a SAR, and it isn’t that ambidextrous. Notably, it misses the ambidextrous bolt and safety, the push-through charging handle, and the easily-reversible ejection.

        It does have an ambi mag release and bolt release, though.

    • Sunshine_Shooter

      The 5.56 Tavor has been around for 15+ years and was always ambi & reversible. The *only* new thing here is the .308 chambering.

    • CJS

      Dear loyal mugs… I mean customers, due to some out of spec Unobtainium, we regret to tell you that the MDR is going to be delayed for 3-4 weeks. Please check back next month for our new reason for not delivering.

      Dated 31 April 2021…

      Wait what!?!

    • Nick

      Yep. They’re so scared of that 4 MOA accuracy. Don’t know how they could possibly beat that level of accuracy and keep the price competitive. [snicker]

      • Ebby123

        1 review that shot 4MOA does not, a conclusive pattern make….

        …unless you’re on the internet. Then its the gospel hand written by Jesus.

        If you google around you’ll find that typically you can expect 1.5-2.0 MOA with match ammo, and 2.25 – 4MOA with cheap ammo.

    • iksnilol

      Uhm, it isn’t fully ambi if you need to reverse bolt ejection.

      How hard is it to understand; fully ambidextrous = identical to use from either side.

      • Vitor Roma

        But it’s quick and easy to reverse, not requiring new parts. A lefty doesn’t need to think twice about grabbing one.

        • iksnilol

          yes, but words have meaning. Are we gonna call it a carbine as well just ’cause it’s short?

          • Is it… not a carbine?

          • JSmath

            If there isn’t a longer barreled version of it, I wouldn’t call it one. Not like anyone calls the SOCOM 16 or similar guns that.

          • iksnilol

            No… A carbine is a shortened rifle. IE an M4 is a carbine since it is a shortened M16.

            Now, since I don’t see a shortened version of the 308 Tavor, I can’t call it a carbine.

          • Sermon 7.62

            No, a carbine is a firle with a shortened barrel. As for now, we consider a barrel shorter than 20″ a shortened barrel.

          • iksnilol

            Yeah, what I said.

            Since there isn’t a long and short version of the Tavor 7 I can’t in good conscience call it a carbine.

          • Sermon 7.62

            No, man. It doesn’t matter. A full-lenght rifle barrel is considered a barrel from 20″ and longer. A shorter barrel is a carbine barrel.

          • iksnilol

            Where does it say that? What dictionary does specify that a barrel under 20 inch is short?

          • Sermon 7.62

            Your logic here is that if a pistol, like, for example the PM, doesn’t have a full-lenght variant then it can’t be considered a compact pistol. Since we call a compact such a pistol that is a shortened version of the basic full-lenght model, like Glock 19. This is not so.

            A carbine is a shortened version of a rifle. The “a” article is important here.

            A carbine is different in that it can’t provide the full power shot of a round, since its barrel is shortened. And, since for the most calibers the lenght needed to achieve the full range and all that is about 20″ or longer, we consider rifles with barrels shorter than 20″ a carbine.

          • Jeff82

            A carbine is a short rifle, not necessarily a shortened rifle.

          • iksnilol

            Yeah, but by that logic, what is short?

            If I gave a pygmy an M4 it would still be hella long for him.

          • Jeff82

            I’m good with the 20 and up inch barrels being rifles and sub 20 inch barrels being carbines.

          • iksnilol

            I dunno man, it’s way too arbitrary.

        • Justin

          I think you still have to buy a left handed bolt for the Tavor and send
          it in for head-spacing. I looked at a tavor when they came out and the
          lack of availability of left handed conversion kits kept me from picking one up.

      • CavScout

        You lefties are sure a noisy, wanty minority.

    • Kurt Akemann

      Indeed. this left-hander approves.

  • Dougscamo

    No comments about the mistake of chambering in .308 yet?! Guess I’ll have to check back after going to the range….

    • Ebby123

      6.5 creedmoor is the caliber of the future. 308 is completely obsolete at this point.
      *troll face*

      • Yeah, it’s a good thing for The Future™ that 7.62×51 doesn’t have over half a century’s history of killin’ guys real good in The Real World™.

        • iksnilol

          Well, 308 does suck.

          Face it, it’s heavy and recoils a lot considering you get the same range with 5.56.

          • Drew Coleman

            556 can get hits at 1000 meters?

          • iksnilol

            Just as badly as 308 can.

    • Sermon 7.62

      Mistake?

      It’s going to sell. In capitalism, a product is made for profit.

  • Bucho4Prez

    Just saw a c308 for $499, so my 4 MOA .308 rifle needs are met.

    • Cal S.

      Ohhhh, shots fired!

      • PK

        It’s fine, they didn’t hit anyone.

        • Gabriel Owens

          If you can’t hit with a 4-5 moa rifle perhaps you should find a new hobby.

          • Sermon 7.62

            Shooting cows is what Tavor was made for. He just doesn’t know about that.

          • Striker333

            I thought they were made for shooting the sand people, when you forget your light saber?

          • Sermon 7.62

            You thought wrong. It was made for Americans. And Americans like shooting cows.

            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2e560dd446b07ae4d4f683dd9cc1b5a748d48d9ccf545232f006bd3e5c0aebd3.jpg

          • James Smith

            Buffalo heads not cattle.

          • Sermon 7.62

            Yes. They killed all the buffalos a long time ago.

          • CavScout

            Meh, so did the Indians. As many as they could. Whites were just better at it, and better at long distance trading.

          • Sermon 7.62

            “Kill every buffalo you can! Every buffalo dead is an Indian gone.”

    • CavScout

      Century makes junk. Also, you’re thinking the X95, not the Tavor.

  • This is a very well thought out upgrade to the Tavor:
    -X95 mag release, but SAR quick action bolt release
    -4 position short stroke > previous long stroke
    -Ambidextrous ejection without bolt change
    – Mlok 3 and 9 > Picatinny tri rail on X95

    Hopefully we see these upgrades put towards the next gen of Tavor 5.56 rifles.

    Also hope we see a .260 Remington conversion down the road.

    • Ebby123

      I was just thinking my ideal do-everything truck gun would be:
      – Tavor 7 in 6.5CM or 260REM with
      – 1-8x optic and
      – crisp 2-stage trigger in the 3 and 5lbs range.

      • Paelorian

        That would be wonderful if the Tavor was accurate enough to take advantage of such a cartridge. It would still be great at normal ranges, but not ideal for distance. I’m hoping that the Desert Tech MDR, with Desert Tech’s experience in accurate rifles, will be 1 MOA, as well as at least a pound lighter than the Tavor 7. But out of the gate I have way more faith in the Tavor 7’s reliability. The rifle-power cartridge is new, and there may be some kinks early adopters experience, but that’s not much compared to an entirely new rifle.

        • Ebby123

          So far the average accuracy from first hand accounts is 1.5-2.0 MOA with match ammo, and 2.25 – 4MOA with cheap ammo.

          The infamous “4MOA” review that was done here seems to be an outlier.

        • Ebby123

          I agree – I would much rather buy from IWI who is closely tied with the IDF – a military in near constant conflict, than from a small company out west somewhere.

          Nothing against them, I just have more confidence in a platform that’s more battle tested.

        • Drew Coleman

          It’s really hard to have any faith that DT will ever actually ship a product.

  • Dan

    The good thing about the Tavor’s awful trigger is that it hides the big flinch you should probably have at each shot when thinking about 60,000 psi right next to your (it’s ambidextrous!) right or left ear. Another nice feature: a double-charged .308 in that bad boy is a 100% likely to fully cure the brain cancer you are getting from your cell phone.

    • Nick

      Two things. First, with most powders double charging a 308 takes some serious stupidity.

      Second, the chamber isn’t moved all that much further away from your face when compared to a normal bolt action. The difference is orientation. On one your head is over the action. On the other it’s directly behind the bolt. I know which one I’d prefer.

      • Dan

        Kabooms typically send gasses and debris out perpendicular to the bore axis. Not a lot of failures where the lugs fail and the bolt comes straight back into the shooter’s eye. Of course your mileage may vary. Also, I was just being a grumpy troll because I kind of want one…

    • The Heretic

      I never flinched when shooting any bullpup including one chambered in 7.62×51 and 12 ga. – but if you do then you have my sympathy.

      As for a “cure”: I you believe your cell phone is giving you cancer, then maybe you shouldn’t use it. Every bullpup I have ever shot (quite a few different ones) still has the chamber forward of my eyes, not alongside my head.

    • iksnilol

      Uhm… you do know that when firing a 308 bolt action that the same 60k psi explosion is right in front of your right (or left) eye?

    • TDog

      Never quite understood the “wisdom” folks love propagating about the bullpup turning into a hand grenade right in your face. No one I’ve ever spoken to has had it happen or even seen it happen. It’s always a case of, “Well, it just makes sense! It could happen!”

      Well, “could” and “will” are two different things.

      My gun COULD fly out of my hands, land facing me, and discharge a round straight into my head, so maybe I should super-glue the darned thing to my chest to make sure that doesn’t happen…

      If a bullpup were to explode, like any other explosion it would take the path of least resistance. That means in all likelihood the mag well and ejection port and NOT turning the frame of the weapon into a tornado of fragments and hot death.

  • The Heretic

    If they come out with conversion kits for 5.56 and 7.62×39 then this will give the MDR some competition – whether the trigger is crap or not.

    • ostiariusalpha

      The MDR design is caliber convertible in 5 minutes with minimal tools, whereas a Tavor conversion is an armorer level disassembly. Of course, there has to actually be an MDR available for it to be competitive.

      • 22winmag

        I love it when the next big gun turns out to be vaporware or just flops.

        • ostiariusalpha

          Why? What’s the point in enjoying that a promising technology fails to come to fruition, unless you’re just a nasty piece of work that is bitter about your own failures.

          • Dracon1201

            It’s not wanting the gun to fail, it’s about wanting DT to fail based on the bull they’ve put their preorder customers through.

  • iksnilol

    K&M 308 is better.

    So is RFB, trust me on this one.

    • Vitor Roma

      The K&M is pretty, light, amazing trigger, super strong trilug bolt, but not lefty friend at at all and the controls are a bit awkward.

      • MrPotatoHead

        The RFB is fully ambidextrous and you can get one for less than $1500. I’ve never held a K&M, so I can’t speak to it’s trigger, but the trigger on the RFB is excellent. I’ve been a happy RFB owner for many years.

    • TDog

      Gotta question about the K&M: how hot does it get? I had an old Bushmaster M17 bullpup and that sucker got hot enough to scorch the skin off my hand after about three mags. Hows does the K&M fare? I loved the M17 and would love to get the K&M, but the heat factor was always a bit of a petty annoyance for me.

      Always having to wear thick gloves kinda took the fun outta things… ;-D

  • Getoveritfanbois

    He comes to the fatboy brigade to whine about how its “too heavy”.

  • 22winmag

    Did they fix the crap ergonomics? The “cutlass grip” has some appeal.

  • Put a compensator on it so you can finally truly understand why everyone reeeaaally hates you at the range!

  • JSmath

    I love my SAR for what it is, but anyone considering this thing really needs to look into the K&M M17S 308. Since price isn’t known but safely assumable to be well over $2400, the K&M makes it argument on value vs the ambi features of the Tavor 7.

  • Vhyrus

    If this thing comes in anywhere near $2000 they are going to sell like ice water in hell.

    • Sermon 7.62

      Israelis can sell water to a well.

  • spencer60

    I don’t get why they would change the trigger.

    Absolutely no reason to and if you thought the Super-Sabra for the more mass-market 5.56 was expensive, I’ll bet the price for the low-volume 308 will be eye-watering.

  • UCSPanther

    Hey FN: Bring back the FS2000 in .308!

  • None

    Come one, Firearms Blog. This is America. Don’t use a comma instead of a decimal.

  • Mr. Privilege

    Can’t wait for Israel to give me one of these rifles completely free of charge since we gave them 38 Billion in military aid over the next ten years. What’s really fun is buying one of their worn out M16A1 parts kits purchased with taxpayer money, given to Israel for free, then sold back to US citizens yet again.

    No thanks. I won’t be spending any money on Israeli products that my government doesn’t already force me to.

    • Ebby123

      If you think that’s bad, you should see what we gave to the Saudis – who turned around and gave us 9/11.

      • Mr. Privilege

        At least the Saudi’s pay for their weapons – unlike the 38 BILLION we gave to “our greatest ally”.

        Time to start asking why the US never had an issue with Islamic terrorism until after 1967.

        • Ebby123

          Ah, yes. Clearly its the israelis fault that Muslims have been a bunch of murderous terrorists since forever.
          We should have just given the terrorists what they want, and maybe the would have left us alone.

          #victimblaming

          • Mr. Privilege

            So then, I guess you had a hard time citing Muslim terrorist attacks on the US prior to 1967, eh?

            There’s a reason the Chosenites have been expelled from 109 countries.

          • Ebby123

            “There’s a reason the Chosenites have been expelled from 109 countries”

            You forgot to add “WHITE POWER!” you racist piece of sh*t.
            Go back to your trailer and your tinfoil hat.

            YOU DO NOT REPRESENT THE PEOPLE OF THE GUN, AND YOU ARE NOT WELCOME HERE.

          • Mr. Privilege

            No. I will continue to post here and you will read my opinions.

            And yes – they have been expelled from 109 countries. Must be everyone else’s fault that no one likes them.

          • Ebby123

            If a wild dog attacks your daughter, I suppose that’s her fault, right?

          • Mr. Privilege

            If my daughter and millions of her ethno-religious group moves into the wild dog’s house and then claims the dog’s house as their own while committing apartheid/genocide on the wild dog’s puppies, then – yes. It’s “her fault”.

          • Mr. Privilege

            Speaking of “murderous terrorists”, you should look into how many of the Chosenites made up the Bolshevik government – the one that starved to death 7 million Ukrainian Orthodox Christians.

          • Ebby123
          • Ebby123

            LOL! No i most certainly will not.
            …and very shortly you most certainly will not.

            The people of the gun value true freedom, and have little patience for inbreed fools like you. The mods will be along shortly to sort you out.

          • Mr. Privilege

            IDGAF Jooboi.

          • Mr. Privilege

            “The people of the gun value true freedom*”

            *unless it involves criticizing Israel, then the goyim get shut down

            “The mods will be along shortly to sort you out.”

            Nice……

          • Ebby123
          • Mr. Privilege
          • Ebby123

            …aaand BLOCKED.

  • Jason Brown

    Hope the pic rail that is allegedly under the hands guard is removable, because on the tavor SAR that is where people mount lights, and it’s one of the best light mounting set ups ever used on a long gun. Much better than anything that’s ever been done on an AR or AK or HK. Soooo, yeah, I hope they didn’t screw that up…

  • Jason Brown

    Also, WTH is going on with the pic rail above the charging handle? Photoshop?

  • John

    IWI really wants the Indian Army contract.

  • Adam D.

    This looks like an excellent follow-up on their line of rifles, as someone already mentioned, they’ve really done their homework.
    There’s just one thing I can’t understand: why use that disgusting piece of crap X95 grip with the finger groove, just why?
    The Tavor has an excellent, comfortable grip, IMO it’s slightly similar to a BCM.
    The X95’s grip is like it’s from a freaking water gun.

    The small buttpad on this new gun is also strange, but that can easily be remedied, and though the different trigger pack is a bummer, I guess it had to be that way because of the different guts.

    Overall, nice work IWI! Just forget about that damn X95 grip module please!

  • Grant

    I’ll be looking forward to the reviews when this thing is released. I keep wanting to get a .308 or even better a 6.5 Creedmoor I can scope, even though I have no use for one. I was thinking about a AR10 pattern gun, but I’m a big fan of the Tavor.

    I’ve already got a M1a that I haven’t shot in years. Since the UPS man is going to be bringing a couple of pounds of 4895, I guess I should load some .308 and get out to the range.

  • Sasquatch

    When I read the title $3000 flashed before my eye. For what a squishy trigger?

  • supergun

    The Russians just came out with a new and beautiful AK. As for the above weapon, I’ll keep my Smith and Wesson AR 10.