The press release announcing the PA Capitol Police’s decision to tool-up with Israeli bullpup rifles [after the jump] neglects to mention how many weapons are involved. Or what the bullpups are gonna cost Quaker State taxpayers. FYI: the TAVOR SARs (semi-automatic rifles) don’t have a giggle switch. Which only seems right since The People of the Gun aren’t allowed to put their grubby little mitts on the full-auto version either. Hey, why should police have all the fun? It’s not because the po-po are so well-trained or so careful to keep track of their full-auto firearms. Nothing to do with the Constitution of the United States, either. Anyway, for all you buy-American types, the TAVORs are made right here in the good ol’ U.S. of A. (Harrisburg, Pa. in fact).
Harrisburg, PA (August 2013) – IWI US, Inc. a subsidiary of Israel Weapon Industries (IWI), is proud to announce that the Pennsylvania State Capitol Police have chosen to carry the IWI US TAVOR® SAR. The Pennsylvania Capitol Police are a section of the Pennsylvania Department of General Services. They provide law enforcement, security and parking enforcement services to the State Capitol Complex in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and at state government buildings in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Scranton.
“We are honored that the Pennsylvania State Capitol Police have chosen to be outfitted with the TAVOR® SAR,” Michael Kassnar, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at IWI US commented. “The State Capitol Police were looking for an extremely reliable rifle that was built specifically for close quarter battle and the design of the TAVOR® SAR bullpup was a perfect fit for their requirements.”
The TAVOR® SAR, specifically designed for the U.S. market, was developed in close cooperation with the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). Available in black and Flat Dark Earth, the TAVOR features fully ambidextrous controls with removable 16.5” or 18” chrome-lined barrels, a full-length top-mounted integral Picatinny rail and a short 45° rail for mounting accessories. Also available are a left-hand model with a 16.5” barrel and an IDF model with an integral MEPRO-21 reflex sight. The TAVOR® SAR uses standard AR-15/M16 magazines and is easily field-stripped into sub-assemblies for routine maintenance.
About IWI US, Inc.
IWI US, Inc. is a subsidiary of Israel Weapon Industries (IWI Ltd.), which for many years has operated in the global Defense and Law Enforcement markets. IWI US, Inc. was established in 2012 in order to offer the highest quality and most advanced products available, as well as to provide a high level of service and support, for American consumers. Located in a 21,000 sq. ft. facility in Harrisburg, PA, IWI US has appointed a very experienced team of senior managers to oversee its operations in the US market. The IWI US line of products includes several configurations of the TAVOR® SAR, and the UZI® PRO Pistol.