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In Israel, the X95 5.45mm shoots you. Here’s the press release on the three-caliber cutie:

Ramat Ha’Sharon, Israel, October 15, 2012 – Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) is a leader in the production of combat-proven small arms for Governmental and Military entities as well as law enforcement agencies around the world. Continuously developing new capabilities, attributes, configurations, and applications, the company introduces its new conversion kit for the X95 assault rifle for 5.45mm-caliber ammunition – making it the only weapon in the world with 3 calibers: 5.56mm, 9mm, and 5.45mm. The weapons will be exhibited at Interpolitex in Moscow, October 23-26, RPC FORT stand and ExpoDefensa in Colombia, October 31-November 2, Hall 6, STAND 113 (TYSA S.A) . . .

The new conversion kit was developed for the very successful X95 – which can be used as an Assault Rifle, Carbine, or Submachine Gun (SMG) with an effective range of 150m for 9mm caliber configuration. It enables the X95 to be operated worldwide, due to its compatibility with both western and eastern ammunition, thus saving training time, spare parts, and overall costs. The new kit has already been armament and operationally tested in extreme conditions including dust, water, heat, and cold (- 60⁰C) – as well as for shooting accuracy – passing all tests with remarkable success.

Designed for Military, Law Enforcement, and Special Forces, the X95 was developed in close cooperation with elite units, and was tailored to their specific requirements. Incorporating advanced technology enabling the conversion between calibers within minutes, Special Ops can use the same weapon platform for a wide array of scenarios. The kit can include a silencer for all calibers, distinguishing the X95 as the ideal weapon for Special Forces dealing with complex situations.

With an outstanding effective range of 500 meters, the X95 was created to deal with modern terror threats, as well as urban and open area combat – all in one mission. Exceptionally reliable in even the harshest weather conditions, the X95 complies with the most stringent NATO standards for small arms, including environmental standards. Combat-proven by many police and armed forces around the world, it is the standard Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Assault Rifle.

According to Uri Amit, IWI’s CEO, “We developed the kit in response to requests we received from our customers for a 5.45mm ammunition weapon so that they could use the ammunition in their inventories. This enables considerable savings by allowing our customers to change the rifle barrel according to the ammunition on hand, as well as matching the weapon to the evolving operational scenarios.

IWI works closely with its worldwide customer base, providing solutions that are designed to meet their specific needs.” He goes on to say, “The X95 is one of the most popular weapons of its category in the world – a success based on its exceptional effectiveness and reliability. We continue to develop a range of new configurations and applications in order to ensure its effectiveness in the widest possible range of situations and field requirements.”


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  1. “…the ideal weapon for Special Forces dealing with complex situations.”
    The imagination boggles.

  2. “…the ideal weapon for Special Forces dealing with complex situations.”

    Umm, that would be a radio on the same freq as an orbiting BUFF…

  3. Honestly, I can’t stand these breathless emails full of overpacked obvious-speak.

    Basically, they made a bullpup, and they made it by (HOLY CRAP) talking to their customers and then doing what said customers suggested.

    You know, like, business are supposed to do.

  4. Somebody should tell them the AR can be chambered in anything that will fit through the magwell, including 9mm 5.56 and 5.45.

    • I suspect the difference, FWIW, is that a user can quickly change the bolt and barrel without replacing the upper.

      • But any optics attached to that upper likely need to be changed as well. An optic sighted for 9mm at closer ranges isn’t likely to be sighted for 5.56 at longer ranges. In this case having a separate upper with it’s own optics is probably a better option, even if it’s a heavier option

    • ARs in other calibers are unreliable, which is why you hardly ever see them in professional use. Besides, look at that thing! The AR is so 1960s. I’ll take one in 5.7x28mm eventually, or 5.56mm now.

    • The Stoner 63 & 64 wer capable of multi-caliber back in the sixties. The Robar XCR has been around for a decade and it’s American made.

  5. Israeli weapons to be displayed at a Moscow Exhibition. How the world has changed and keeps changing. I’m wondering if it will be in my lifetime that the Chinese land troops in Hawaii or Alaska.

  6. “making it the only weapon in the world with 3 calibers: 5.56mm, 9mm, and 5.45mm.”

    Except for the Robinson XCR, the Remington XCR, the Beretta X4 and ARX-160, the Sig226, 250, and 229, the CZ 805 Bren, any AR15 with an upper swap…

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