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 a European focus. Always ready to increase my collection of modern semi-automatics, optics and sound suppressors. TCCC Certified medic.


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