Review: IWI Tavor X95 — Bullpup Bliss
By I Hunt, Esq.
I know there are numerous reviews and videos regarding the IWI Tavor X95 (a favorite of mine comes from Tim at Military Arms Channel). So, this review is in no way seeking to replace any of those reviews. However, as an “average joe” shooter I want to tell you that this thing is fun, and accurate, to shoot.
The Tavor X95 is the next generation bullpup that embodies some great enhancements from the original SAR including new fire control parts with a 5.5-pound trigger pull. The ambidextrous magazine release has been repositioned to the front of the trigger guard. The X95 forearm features Picatinny rails covered with removable rail covers. The charging handle has also been relocated to position it closer to center mass.
IWI Tavor X95
Gas Piston, Semi-auto
Closed rotating bolt, Long-stroke gas piston
Polymer NATO STANAG
Chrome lined, Cold hammer forged
9mm and .300 Blackout conversion kits
I brought the rifle to a range day. In attendance were a number of friends and colleagues. Across the board, we were all impressed. Out of the box, the X95 performed impressively—no jams, no issues, and no nonsense. In fact, after a few mag dumps, I had to remind everyone to either pick a different spot on the target (other than center mass) or to change out the target because they were simply shooting rounds through an empty hole.
However, not everyone just picked up the X95 and began shooting it like a pro. When shooting the Tavor X95, you cannot forget that you are shooting a bullpup. There are a few downsides for those who are not familiar with a bullpup design. For example, reloads are slower than conventional magazine changes and the bolt release is in an awkward spot on the bottom of the stock.
While we did not have any problems, I would imagine that for some, the design might make it difficult to clear malfunctions or unload the rifle. However, this doesn’t mean that this “average joe” shooter and his friends could not adjust and quickly use the rifle. In fact, across the board, it only took each person a few minutes and a quick orientation. The X95 was just as easy to shoot and use as any other rifle on the range.
Certainly, this rifle is not for everyone. However, if you’re looking for a bullpup or simply want to get into a new rifle before the everchanging political winds shift, the X95 may be just what you need.
Are you a bullpup fan? How does the IWI Tavor X95 rank for you compared to other semi-automatic rifles? Share your answers in the comment section.