IWI: The TAVOR is Dead, Long Live the TAVOR X95!

The TAVOR SAR is dead. The company will no longer be selling the original Israeli-made bullpup. Why would they? The X95 TAVOR is better (click here for four-star TTAG review). The X95 offers a much-improved trigger, a repositioned charging handle and ambidextrous mag release, and Picatinny rails at the 3, 6 and 9 o’clock positions on the forearm. Now how much would you pay? The MSRP’s a buck under two G’s for the 5.56 version, but the fun never stops! Presser:

IWI US, Inc., a subsidiary of Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) Ltd., announced today that they will be phasing out the original TAVOR SAR from their product line.

The TAVOR SAR revolutionized the market for bullpup carbines in the US when it was first introduced in 2013. When the “next generation” TAVOR X95 was released in 2016, sales of the original SAR declined as consumers willingly embraced the improvements and upgrades in the X95.

“The market has spoken and it prefers the TAVOR X95”, said Michael Kassnar, VP of Sales & Marketing for IWI US. “We will phase out TAVOR SAR production over the next few months and concentrate on our X95, along with our recently announced TAVOR 7, for the future.”

The 2017 Golden Bullseye Award winning rifle of the year from Shooting Illustrated, the TAVOR X95’s compact, ergonomic design coupled with it outstanding reliability has won rave reviews from the public and shooting sports media, as well as law enforcement agencies.

The TAVOR X95 bullpup includes many upgrades from the original SAR model including a new fire control pack with a 5 to 6 lb. trigger pull, a repositioning of the ambidextrous mag release to an AR-15 location, Picatinny rails at the 3, 6 and 9 o’clock positions on the forearm with removable rail covers, the charging handle moved closer to the shooter’s center mass and a modular TAVOR style pistol grip that can be replaced with an optional standard pistol grip and traditional trigger guard with a smaller, lower profile bolt release button.

The TAVOR X95 is available in 5.56 in 16.5” barrel for right and left handed shooters, and an 18.5” barrel (also available for restricted states), 9mm with a 17” barrel and the new .300 Blackout version. Conversion kits in 9mm and the new .300 Blackout are also available and color finishes include Black, Flat Dark Earth and OD Green. MSRP is $1,999.00 (.300 BLK is $2,049.00)

For more information, please visit www.iwi.us.

About IWI US, Inc.

IWI US, Inc. is the USA based subsidiary of Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) Ltd. of Ramat Hasharon, Israel and a member of the SK Group, a leading defense and security group of companies that operate in the global Defense and Law Enforcement markets. The IWI US line of products includes several configurations of the TAVOR X95, TAVOR SAR, Jericho 941 pistol, UZI PRO pistol, Galil ACE rifles and pistols and the DAN.338.

For more information, visit IWI US Inc. at our website – www.iwi.us , on Facebook www.facebook.com/IWIUS – or contact us via email at: [email protected].


  1. avatar Sammy says:

    Still minute of barn accuracy I assume?

    1. avatar little horn says:

      its a cqb gun not a 22″ sniper rifle.

      1. avatar IdahoBoy says:

        It’s a compromise between a CQB weapon and an assault rifle. It’s great for it’s intended purpose, but I’d rather have better accuracy.

        1. avatar RandallOfLegend says:

          I shoot the 40 S&W and like the Tavor. I can’t fit in anywhere 🙁

      2. avatar Asamurai says:

        The problem is that for nearly $2000 you can have many ARs that are “sniper rifles” even in only 16 inch barrels. Even some that are piston drive to match the X95 in reliablity.
        It’s a great gun, but unless you HAVE to have the shortest package or everything the Israelis make, it can’t compete with competition in the crowded marketplace of 556 rifles.
        Seriously why would I buy this over a POF 415? Or a LWRC? Or a PWS Mod 2? Or even a Galil Ace 556?

        1. avatar Red in CO says:

          Because it’s a bullpup? I mean, that’s pretty significant. The accuracy argument is a little tired. From what I’ve read, they’re 2 MOA rifles. Be honest, in a practical situation (as in, not at the shooting range), are you really going to be able to shoot accurately enough to be able to tell the difference there? Besides, that’s about what a SCAR-16 shoots, those cost about the same, and have a MASSIVE following. Relative accuracy isn’t the only thing people consider when buying a gun

    2. avatar IdahoBoy says:

      That and the price is what stopped me, so lo todah, rak mistakel.

  2. avatar Shawn Graber says:

    Maybe the phase-out will make my original Tavor a collectible! 🙂 I prefer the look of the original, but I haven’t yet gotten my hands on an X95 to see whether it feels nicer. I’m in no hurry, because the ergonomics would probably win me over and I’d have to save up for one. Regardless, the original Tavor delights me every time I fire it.

    1. avatar Vhyrus says:

      I was considering selling my original but maybe I’ll hang onto it now.

    2. avatar Velvet Elvis Gun Guy (formerly Timmy!) says:

      I’ve handled and shot both. I still prefer the SAR but that might be blinders due to owning one. I’m going to ramble a bit now. The X-95’s trigger is much better than the factory SAR trigger, I admit, but $400.00 in Geisele bits ($300.00 for the trigger pack and $100.00 for the trigger bow IIRC) was much cheaper than replacing the $2,000.00 gun… for me. Also, there is a gap between the mag and grip which can be used like an AR carry handle… on the SAR. The same gap on the X-95 is too small for my, and I’d be willing to bet most other’s, hand. Ok, that last MIGHT be a bit of a stretch as far as reasons go, but it IS one of MY reasons. The mag release was never an issue in my mind and I had trouble remembering where it was on the X-95. Probably just a familiarity issue. My buddy complains that his mags do not drop free on his X-95, whereas I’ve never noticed my SAR not… doing so. The X-95’s extra rails don’t excite me so that was never a consideration. The one thing the X-95 can do that I wish the SAR could do, even though I doubt I would do it, is change the trigger guard from “All Fingers In” to “Just the Trigger Finger.” So… yeah. I’m not sure if that added anything to the conversation, but thanks for letting me wash my head at y’all.

    3. avatar SpeleoFool says:

      SPOILER: yes, it does feel nicer.

      I remember hearing / reading somewhere that the X95 “lost weight in all the right places.” After handling one in a LGS, that summary seems spot on. If I didn’t already have the SAR, I’d be giving the X95 a hard look. May yet go for a 300BLK model if I run across a deal on one.

  3. avatar Mike Betts says:

    I’m in no hurry because my nanny-state general assembly has decreed that I can’t own one ……

  4. avatar Vitsaus says:

    Now the prices for the originals will skyrocket, the demand will spike, IWI will see this and bring it back in a couple years.

    1. avatar Concreted says:

      Galil ! 🙂

  5. avatar Ed says:

    I like the SAR way better as a lefty. Not a fan of the x95 at all….still like my RDB better than both. Better trigger and not a 5+ MOA gun!

  6. avatar Shawn Graber says:

    The Tavor 7 sounds fun, but Desert Tech has, after literal years of delay, just released their .308 bullpup. I suspect that Desert Tech chose to release the .308 version first (rather than their 5.56 model) because Tavor didn’t have a .308 model released, and X95’s are handily filling the demand for a 5.56 bullpup.

    1. avatar Vhyrus says:

      After the way Desert Tech handled the MDR release I wouldn’t buy a newspaper from them.

  7. avatar James Earl Hoffa says:

    I like the feel of the Tavor but the price is ridiculously too expensive for the accuracy of the weapon.

    1. avatar Eric in Oregon says:

      I have one and like it but I must agree. In its favor it’s extremely reliable, but it’s clearly meant for CQB and clearing houses.

    2. avatar SouthernPhantom says:

      The SAR is comically inaccurate. In no way is it worth the asking price.

      1. avatar Alternator says:

        Only if you’re a comically poor shot.

        1. avatar Frank says:

          Leghorn was getting 8 MOA with the SAR in his TTAG review. I don’t think he is a comically poor shot.


      2. avatar M1Lou says:

        My Tavor SAR consistently shoots 1.5″ groups at 100 yards with independence (Israeli made) M855. It really likes that ammo so I almost exclusively run it in my Tavor. My SCAR-16S shoots a bit under 1″ with the same ammo. I got the SCAR used for only $100 more than the $1600 Tavor. I would use either one in a DGU/Zombie Apocalypse/Antifa is outside of my house with baseball bats and bike locks event.

        1. avatar M1Lou says:

          Sorry, I meant M193 55 grain. I never shoot M855 because it has sucked in everything I own.

      3. avatar JD says:

        I don’t know why you seem to thing that the SAR is inaccurate. My Tavor SAR is 1.5 MOA with LC M193 ball ammo. It is certainly as accurate as all but my match grade AR’s. As one of my Special Forces friends said: “This thing shoots like a laser!”

        I have read that the X95 doesn’t appear to be as accurate as the SAR, but of the several SAR’s I’ve shot, they all had stellar accuracy…….

    3. avatar Garrison Hall says:

      $499 or thereabouts and I might consider one. $2k, not so much.

  8. avatar Specialist38 says:

    Looks cool but those things are heavy.

    I’ll stick with my mini-14.

  9. avatar Kenneth G Maiden says:

    2K plus all the other fees and taxes. WTF? You can keep it. Yeah, I know some range Tacti-Tard’s will scoop em up. Look at me, look at me ain’t I special.
    Besides, here in commie kalifornia, it’s just to dangerous for the unwashed serfs (legal American citizens) to have access.

  10. avatar Odgh Bodkin says:

    New plastic, same crappy trigger and high price.

  11. avatar W Kayme says:

    For me it’s all about having fun and X95 is fun fun fun. FYI with my testing I was able to consistently hold 1.5 to 2 MOA using lighter 55gr stuff. Overall it’s about the same accuracy as my FN DMR gen 1 with 18 inch barrel and about the same price too.

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