Shot show Media Day at the range—The IWI Tavor

    The SHOT show started out with a bang. Media Day at the range was held with a very large number of vendors and media attendees including The Firearm Blog team.

    When I say a bang it’s because the morning temps were an all time record low with high winds and plenty of sand blowing around. In fact I saw more than one pistol jam from too much dust and sand. We hing in there and saw all of the weapons we intended to shoot and let you readers know about.

    What I want to pass along is a weapon we have had much discussion about and that’s the soon to be imported IWI Tavor!Now this is just my idea of how things will go. Eventually they will be made here in the US by IWI.There might be a good reason to bring some in before production is up and running. We were all impressed with this fine bullpup in 5.56.

    The Tavor is able to switch from right handed shooters to left handed shooters in three minutes or less from an experienced user. The controls are very well placed for easy manipulation. The charging handle is located on the left side front, which allows the shooter to charge the rifle with less effort than is usual for most weapons. The colors available are black and desert tan.


    I was able to shoot one and I was surprised at the accuracy with a 16.5 inch barrel shooting steel torso targets from fifty to two hundred fifty yards.

    Mounted with an optic that has an orange dot and small circle around the dot made acquiring the target pretty fast. The rifle just feels good and handles well indeed. I fired sixty rounds most of which were at the longer ranges. I had one miss on the half size target at two hundred fifty yards. The Tavor is also used by the Israeli military as a general-purpose weapon as well as a marksman rifle in Israel or designated marksman rifle as they say here in the US.


    When they are imported this is a rifle you’ll want to try!

    Phil White

    Retired police officer with 30 years of service. Firearms instructor and SRU team member. I still instruct with local agencies. My daily carry pistol is the tried and true 1911. I’m retired as associate editor since December 14th 2017. My replacement is my friend Pete M email: [email protected] you can reach Pete for product reviews etc.