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For too long U.S. gun owners have been denied the ability to own the Israeli-designed Tavor rifle. Just like the Steyer AUG, it’s a bullpup design chambered in the popular 5.56 NATO cartridge that allows for a shorter overall rifle while keeping the required 16 inches of barrel length to make the ATF happy. While I don’t quite understand the appeal of the Tavor over the AUG myself, I get the feeling that it’s the association with hot IDF chicks that make most of the male population salivate over the gun. According to a press release yesterday, though, the wait will soon be over and we’ll be seeing the first samples at SHOT Show in a couple weeks . . .

From Ammoland:

Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) – a leader in the production of combat-proven small arms for governments, armies, and law enforcement agencies around the world – launches operations of its US subsidiary, IWI US, Inc.

The company has leased a 21,000 sq. ft. facility in Harrisburg, PA, and will initially begin marketing the TAVOR SAR bullpup rifle line in several configurations and the UZI PRO Pistol, which will be showcased at the 2013 SHOT Show, January 15-18, in Las Vegas, NV at booth #15238.

I’d expect to start seeing rifles available for purchase sometime around Fall of 2013. Then again, since they’re already in fullscale production in Israel, they might be able to ramp up faster.

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  1. so awesome, i’ve been wanting a tavor since i first saw pictures of them. but i am definelty wondering about other potential offerings of super cool IDF styled gear, becasue the only thing i would want more from IWI is a Galil.

    • It’s not the genuine article, but you could buy an M&M M10 for cheap, put on some new furniture, and a folding stock. Dunno how you’d go about getting a Galil-style charging handle, though… that’d probably take some fancy work.

      • Second that. What makes you say that? Because a number of armies are still using it.

        As for the Tavor, I’ve always wanted one. I have a Bushmaster M17s, but it has an occasional problem I’d rather not mention here…

  2. OMG OMG OMG!!!! Running around like a little school girl who just met Justin Beiber!!!! OMG OMG OMG!!!
    Yeah and assuming they don’t hit any government filling snafus, I am sure they should be able to spin up quickly!
    Putting my money away now, the kids don’t need to eat right!

    • Oh and Nick, if you have shot one, then that was the appeal. Besides the Israeli girls who were impressed with your new gun! 😉

  3. biggest appeal of Tavor over AUG – magazines. The Tavor uses standard AR mags, the AUG needs proprietary ones (except the NATO style, but those have other issues)

    At least, that’s one I see right away. I’d love one, but I have no budget for a 5.56 rifle that will cost as much as one of these will.

  4. Better ergonomics than the Steyr – bolt release button close to the magwell means you’re back in a ready to fire position much sooner – vs. with the steyr which requires reworking the charging bolt.

  5. Hot damn. I think I’d like to have one of those. I’ll trade my Clinton-ban era Bushmaster for it. Nothing wrong with the Bushmaster, but the aesthetics of my gun displease me. No flash hider, no collapsible stock, no rails—-adding these isn’t cheap.

    I like the Tavor.

  6. I’ve never shot a bullpup. Living in the People’s Republic of California restricts a lot of what’s available to us serfs. I do like the way the Tavor looks, though.

    • It is a bullpup but it has a 16″ barrel. Not sure how that fits into it. Of course it won’t have a bullet button so you can I will have to wait I guess…
      Hence why I really want to move!!!

      • i’ve shot an FS2000 in the PRK, reaaally sux with the bullet button.

        the owner had to pin on a “faux” suppresor to meet the 30″ minimum requirement, which kind of kills the bullpup appeal.
        if i got a bullpup in 5.56 it would have a 20″ barrel at least.

    • I agree. Will IWI be making Galil’s?

      Although I wonder, how does a Tavor compare to a Galil in terms of reliability?

      • Both are very reliable, but the galil is more rugged from a dump in a swamp and it keeps going kind of thing.

  7. Looks like lots of fun. I’d want to borrow or rent one to shoot for a couple of hours before buying something with a form factor this different from conventional rifles. Seems like the sort of thing that, even if you liked shooting it initially, would turn out to either be the gun of your dreams or a complete shitshow after a couple hundred rounds.

  8. “While I don’t quite understand the appeal of the Tavor over the AUG myself…”

    Well, allow me to enlighten you good sir.

    My apartment isn’t a shoebox; yet home defense in my abode with a classic long arm is problematic. 16″ barrels do not mix well with tight corners, and the $200 Tax Stamp for an SBR doesn’t mix with my budget either. A bullpup solves both problems, and is much more transport-friendly then their conventional cousins .I can actually keep a bullpup rifle on the bedside without swinging a long barrel around.

      • Ah rats! I thought the OP was discussing bullpups in general, not the Tavor vs the AUG.

        As to the merits of one over the other, choice is good no?

    • $200 and a few parts (barrel, carbine-sized gas tube, etc) is still cheaper that the Tavor (MSRP I would imagine to be around $1,500).

      When I get home tonight, I’ll remeasure the my M&P15 SBR and compare the length to the Tavor. Since you say home defense, I presume you won’t be too bothered by the reduced bullet speed out of an 11.5″ barrel.

      • Funny this. I ended up getting a Tavor. Love it. And it was a little more than $1,500…. the manual of arms is a little strange, and it just feels clunky. Having said that, if my command allowed me the choice between a customized Tavor and my SBR, I would likely go with a Tavor with a barrel cut a 14″ (if not all the way to barrel band thing) and suppressed.

        I can always dream, can’t I?!

  9. I’d love a bullpup, but I’m afraid of the cost… I’ll cross my fingers, and hope it doesn’t end up being as expensive as a SCAR or ACR.

  10. Is it wrong that I got this happy over the news. I waited past the election, held off on a SCAR, held off on an AUG… all so this day would come and I could get a TAVOR.

  11. I’m excited too!!
    I’m down for a 18 incher.
    Looks prettier than an AUG-A3.

    AUG-A1 owner since ’86.
    Passed on FAMAS in ’88, $1300 was too much. Dumb move.
    FS2000 owner since ’07.
    Safe queens do not exist at mty house.

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