Gun Review: IWI Tavor X95 Suppressed

Down at Big 3 East, last March, IWI USA VP Mike Kassnar, set aside fifty X95s for the writers in attendance. I eagerly jumped at the opportunity to get my hands on the X95 for review. I have only had a little trigger time behind the older Tavor SAR. I recall one of my earliest experiences was with an 18″ FDE Tavor that someone got and he put a QD Gemtech suppressor on it. It had a Mepro sight and we were hitting steel off hand at 200 yards with ease. However when it was suppressed, there was a significant amount of gas to the face. I was perplexed. The Tavor has a long stroke gas piston operation. I was under the impression that was one of the benefits of shooting a piston operated gun as there would be less gas returning into the chamber and thus less gas to the face. I was wrong. There are a few companies that make gaskets to further block the gas escaping from the factory blocked left side ejection port. Such as Manticore Arms’ Port Cover and Gear Head Works FLEx Swivel.

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[Shot Show 2016] Romtes Short Circuit Targets

One of the hidden gems at Shot Show’s range day were the new targets from Romtes in Israel. This system was originally developed to serve the training needs of Ya’ma’m special forces units, and is now being made available to civilians.

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Civilian IWI X95 Announced

After much teasing, IWI debuted their new civilian specific X95 rifle at this year’s Shot Show in Las Vegas. While we’ve seen select-fire SBR NFA controlled samples in the past, this was the first time a consumer ready rifle has been seen. For the unfamiliar, the X95 is an enhancement to the Tavor platform, currently in service with the Irsael Defense Force.

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Corner Shot For Canadians

The star of mid-2000’s SWAT team promos and action movies is making its way to the civilian market of the great white north.

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Meprolight contract with IDF

Meprolight has just won a contract to supply the Israeli Defense Forces with the Mepro M5 Reflex sight for the next several years. It appears that this is going to be a whole issue, because it seems that many IDF units have a number of pieces of equipment going on, from Galils, to Tavors, and M4s, to Elbits, ACOGs, Eotechs, and Meprolights already in service. The sight takes a single AA battery, which I would assume will be much more appreciated than the 123 volt batteries that some military equipment comes standard with. In addition it is GEN II and Gen III NVG compatible which will also be great for the IDF because I don’t think they have jumped on the whole AN/PEQ 1/15/16 bit of usage that has engulfed the U.S. Military. It also appears to have one of the largest focal apertures of many optical sights around. Compared to the Eotech for instance. The IDF probably likes this alot because of the large amount of operations and fighting that goes on in extreme close quarters and built up areas. It also has a low battery indicator which seems kind of neat as well, something that other sights don’t usually have. But in the mean time, we shall see how well this mass issue fares.

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New Fab Defense Tavor Bipod Solution: TAR Podium

Israeli Manufacturer Fab Defense has done a number of Tavor accessories already, but this one certainly takes things in a new direction.

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Questionable Live Fire Training

This video was posted on Facebook.

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Review: Meprolight MOR combo Tri-Powered Reflex sight and Laser Designator

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) were one of the first militaries to understand the importance of an optic equipped rifle for every infantryman. The standard reflex sight of the IDF is the Meprolight M21, but a select few in each unit are issued a specialized reflex sight with a built-in laser designator. The first in this new class of sights was the MARS (Multi-purpose Aiming Reflex Sight). The MARS integrated an AA battery-powered red reflex sight, dual laser designators and a tethered pressure switch for activation in a single unit.

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POTD: An Even Older M16 Still In Service

Arik, a reader from Israel, emailed me this photo of a XEM16E1 rifle he was issued. He wrote …

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Versia Military Design Tavor Prototype

Versia Military Design are the people who designed and developed the TAVOR.

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How To Chicken Wing A Pistol

This is certainly different. I didn’t think it was possible to “chicken wing” a pistol, but I was wrong. Masada Tactical, based out of Maryland, is teaching some form of pistol manipulation that was created by the Israelis. The basis of the pistol “chicken wing” is to index your cheeks with the top of your hands. Then while grasping the slide with your support hand; you punch out while spinning your pistol upright. According to the instructor, the modern US style of isosceles shooting is too fine motor skill based so this technique is all gross motor skill. Oh also apparently Israelis are not allowed to carry chamber loaded. On top of the odd indexing, the stance that the shooter takes seems a bit strange. It looks like he is trying to straddle a fat horse. Stick around, the end of the video is a real treat.

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POTD: A Tavor in Jerusalem

New Zealand blogger Whaleoil is visiting Israel. He sent us this photo of a Tavor he saw in Jerusalem a few days ago. The carbine is equipped, Israeli style, with a spare magazine attached to the buttstock and a Trijicon ACOG. The solider is a member of the Golani Brigade.

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Meprolight TRU-DOT RDS Battery Powered Reflex Sight

This is a TFB exclusive preview of the upcoming Meprolight (Mepro) TRU-DOT RDS battery powered reflex sight. The Mepro TRU-DOT RDS is a lower cost commercial version of the Mepro M5 reflex sight ( TFB preview), which it was developed as the successor to the Mepro M21 ( TFB review). The original criteria for the M5 called for an increase in the field-of-view, adjustable illumination levels and a price of $400-$450. However, when the IDF (Israeli Defense Forces) took an interest in the M5 they requested a number of expensive features added. All of that led to a 2-years extensive field trial and the price has shot up to $625, which is now more expensive than the Mepro M21.

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Sub-$400 Mepro TRU-DOT RDS Sight … FINALLY!

US retail availability of the Meprolight M5 was officially announced this year at SHOT Show. Tim did a on-the-floor review of the sight here. While it is by all accounts a great sight, the price was disappointing (at least to those of us with a good memory). Back in 2010 rumors circulated the internet claiming the M5 would retail for under $400. It is currently retailing for about ~$620.

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Mako Group Now Offering Front Line Holsters

The Mako Group, known to many to be the major importer of many of the innovations that come out of the Israeli Defense Forces is releasing another innovation from the official holster of Israel’s military here in the US.

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