Israel Ministry of Defense Orders More IWI X95 Micro Tavors for IDF

Israel’s Ministry of Defense has contracted with Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) for an unspecified number of X95 bullpup rifles. The announcement from IWI explains that the contract will see ‘additional thousands’ of Micro Tavors supplied for the Israeli Defense Force’s infantry brigades.

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Israel's Meprolight Mepro M21 Dual Illumination Reflex Sight

The Meprolight Mepro M21 reflex sight has an extensive history with foreign armed forces that spans several decades now. It was first introduced in the early 2000s and was quickly adopted by its country of origin as a standard-issue optical rifle sight. Originally developed to meet the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) requirements, the M21 underwent rigorous testing and evaluation to ensure its suitability for Israel’s military applications. The IDF needed a robust reflex sight that could withstand demanding combat conditions while providing rapid and reliable target acquisition capabilities without the need for extra components like batteries. Since its introduction, the M21 has been in service for almost two decades and was used in conflicts by nearly all combat units in the IDF.

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TFB Review: American Tactical Imports Galeo Pistol (Galil SAR clone)

I recently reviewed my American Tactical Imports “Galeo” which is a clone of the original Galil, built from an imported parts kit. That gun has been so much fun that I bought the pistol version to go along with it. Does Galeo pistol keep up with its bigger brother? Let’s find out!

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The Assassin's Rimfire: The Beretta 71

The Beretta 71 seems like an ordinary rimfire pistol. However, it has an extensive history with Israeli assassins and air marshals. It also happens to be one of the most fun .22 LR pistols money can buy.

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TFB Review: American Tactical Imports Galeo (Galil Clone)

A Galil has been on my bucket list since my youth. Unfortunately, the classic Galil was banned from import many years ago and original guns are very expensive these days. American Tactical Incorporated stepped up to meet the demand of gun nerds everywhere by building Galil clones from imported parts kits with US-made receivers and barrels. These guns are marketed as the Galeo.

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IDF Are NOT Replacing the Tavor

Last week a number of Israeli news outlets reported that the Israeli Defense Forces had made the decision to replace the Tavor bullpup rifle in service with the M4 Carbine. The IDF have now confirmed that this isn’t the case.

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POTD: IWI NEGEV – The LMG of Israel Defense Forces

TFB’s Photo Of The Day is where you can discover the World of firearms through the lens of a camera. Every day we run a few selected pictures with a short story and a credit to the person behind the lens. Today we’re looking at soldiers with the Negev, a light machine gun in 5.56×45 mm, developed by the Israel Weapon Industries (IWI).

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Correction: IDF Considering Compact DMR, Tavor 7 a Possibility

NOTE: We previously reported that the Tavor 7 might be fielded as a designated marksman rifle for the IDF. However, according to our source at IWI, the prior article we cited from the Jerusalem Post contained misleading wording with comments from IWI taken out of context. They have advised that there are no formal plans for the IDF to formally adopt the Tavor 7, at least not yet. While the IDF is considering a compact DMR and it seems that the Tavor 7 bullpup would fit the bill in that respect, the Tavor 7 has not been selected for fielding at this time. The below is a version of today’s earlier article that has been corrected to more accurately represented the present facts.

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POTD: Captured Lee-Enfield's Rechambered in 5.56×45

Today’s photo features a pair of venerable World War Two Lee-Enfield No.4 Mk2 rifles, but they’re not your usual surplus fare. Captured by the Israeli Defence Force in Bani Na’im, in the West Bank back in 2017, the two No.4s have been re-chambered from their original .303 to a more readily available ammunition, not as you might expect 7.62x51mm but to 5.56x45mm. With the two rifles we can see a pair of 20 round 5.56mm magazines and an Israeli 5.56 ammuntion box.

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DSArms to Offer Israeli FAL Parts Kit

DSArms has announced the availability of a new FAL parts kit based on surplused Israeli Defence Force FALs. The kits include a magazine and everything but the rifle’s upper receiver and barrel.

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TFB First Look: MCK, a Micro Roni Stabilizer Update

I first had the pleasure of getting hands on with the Micro Roni during an event at the end of 2016. The event was focused on the Micro Roni, the MH1 Reflex Sight, and a training course (“IDF Train the Trainer”), and was run by Mikey Hartman, CEO of CAA (and a retired Lt Col of the IDF). Since then he has remained in touch and not just about firearms related stuff–he is an all around genuine good friend.

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BOTW: AR "In All It's Glory" Build

The ninth Installment of Build of the Week was contributed by William C.  Organized desk award (with sadly empty decanter) goes too…. I know Cerakote is a “thing”, but I still have a special place in my heart for rattle can paint jobs. This rifle looks pretty clean overall and my favorite component is the sling.

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Israeli Weapons Amnesty Turns up Early .303 Dror Variant

At a recent amnesty program held by the Israeli Defense Forces, a first model Dror in .303 British turned up along with a number of other small arms that had been surrendered as part of a drive to return historical small arms from IDF veterans or otherwise. In this particular case, the Dror that was handed in is of special importance because of how rare it is. We talked about this on TFB TV a while back and Ian has an excellent post on Forgotten Weapons about it as well. The early variants of the light machine gun that was illegally manufactured in Canada, sent as contraband to Israel where it was assembled, were in .303 British and had a side mounted magazine slot that could fit a 20-round magazine based on the Johnson LMG’s design. They didn’t fare too well in Israel due to feeding issues and only 800-1000 were ever made before the second variation was improved upon and ironically entered service in Israel after the fight for independence had already been won.

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IDF's Rubber Bullet Muzzle Extension for M4s, Tavors

Although not a new development, the recent Palestinian protests against Israel have once again showcased one of the IDF’s unique developments when it comes to crowd control and less-lethal armaments. In use by both the IDF and Israeli law enforcement elements on issued 5.56x45mm NATO M4 and M16 service rifles is a muzzle attachment that locks onto the muzzle brake of the rifle. The device extends the overall length of the firearm by at least another 6 inches. Specifically it is designed so that a shooter can place a rubber projectile inside the muzzle of the metal tube and then fire it from a blank cartridge. Because there is no encapsulating rod or plunger to force propellant gases back into the gas tube, the rifle has essentially become a bolt gun at this point. The shooter has to manually rack the charging handle, eject the spent round, chamber a new one, in addition to placing a new less-lethal projectile into the tip of the muzzle extension.

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Smart Shooter's SMASH: Israeli Intelligent Sighting System

An Israeli startup company by the name of Smart Shooter has been in the process of developing an Israeli solution to what is very similarly seen in the United States through Tracking Point. However, unlike Tracking Point, the companies SMASH system can apparently be attached to any rifle as long as it has the appropriate M1913 Picatinny rails for optics and a forward pressure switch location. Those familiar with Tracking Point will know that the U.S. company sells its products as one complete weapon system, instead of a single optics and electronics package.

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