Lightning Review: IWI X95 Pistol Grip

    Having used the IWI Tavor X95 for a while, one of the issues I had was the lack of a trigger guard. Like the Tavor SAR, the X95 has a cutlass style hand guard that acts as a giant trigger guard. The IDF use this hand guard as a point of contact when shooting off hand. The guard would rest against the wrist and inside the forearm.

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    However the problem I have is when I hold the X95 by the grip. Here is a photo of how it should be held.  IMG_3709

     

    This is the expectation.

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    This is the reality. My hand often slides up and my middle finger moves behind the trigger.

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    IWI US has the pistol grip available with a traditional trigger guard. I ordered one right away. Installing it was a simple affair. Just unscrew the hex bolt at the bottom of the pistol grip and remove the grip to install the new grip.

    I did notice these channels in the cutlass trigger/hand guard. They are for cable management of a remote tape switch. The IDF have a removable grip panel that has a cut out for a Mepro pressure pad. Unfortunately that grip panel is not available here in the US yet.

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    The new pistol grip has cable management slots as well.

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    IWI US also has alternate grip panels. The standard checkered panels or the IDF panels. The IDF grip panels are what is issued on the IDF X95s. They are wider and ribbed rather than checkered. The standard grip panels make the grip 1.46″ wide whereas the IDF panels make the grip 1.66″ wide. You can see the IDF grip panel below on the X95 with the pistol grip and checkered grip panel next to it. You can use the IDF grip panels on either the X95 grip or the pistol grip.

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    As you can see in the photo below my middle finger rests up against the trigger guard and there is no chance for it to slip behind the trigger.

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    The little nub that protrudes down from the trigger guard has two purposes. A shooter can still index the trigger guard with the IDF support hand hold. Also I have been told that the nub is also a grenade launcher attachment point.

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    X95 pistol grip

    The IDF grip panels are available on their website for $14.99. The IDF grip panels and pistol grip only come in black at the moment. The pistol grip sells for $29.99 and is currently sold out. Click here to check it out.

    Nicholas C

    Steadicam Gun Operator
    Night Vision & Thermal Aficionado
    Flashlight/Laser Enthusiast
    USPSA competitor

    Any questions please email him at [email protected]


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