In this IWI Tavor X95 Bullpup review, we’ll be covering the X95, its specification, how it compares to other Bullpup rifles and give an in-depth look at how it compares to its previous version in a Tavor X95 vs SAR analysis.
IWI Tavor X95 Background
Israeli Weapon Industries produced the x95 rifle as a newer version of their SAR rifle. Both rifles take advantage of a bullpup design and have serious Israeli military proven reliability. Created for Israeli troops and combat operations, the Tavor series was designed to take a beating, while also be dependable.
Bullpups are rifles that have their actions (the moving parts/bolts/chamber/etc.) behind the firing hand and close to the shooter’s shoulder. Typically, rifles have their actions just in front of the firing hand. The bullpup design allows for standard/longer barrel length while keeping a fairly short overall rifle. This has added benefits in that you
IWI’s first bullpup, the SAR is a great rifle. However, the X95 improves upon the design in some key ways. They’ve even continued their bullpup design to their newest Tavor TS12 Shotgun.
IWI X95 NEW Features And Changes
1. FORWARD HANDGUARD/RAIL SYSTEM
The X95 has a unique system of rail-covers that act as handguards on the forend of the rifle.
2. AMBIDEXTROUS MAG RELEASE
The X95 has a mag release button that can be operated with the firing hand, similar to an AR-style magazine release.
3. MID-MOUNTED CHARGING HANDLE
The charging handle on the X95 is closer to the middle of the rifle as opposed to the far forward mounted charging handle on the SAR
4. IMPROVED TRIGGER
The X95’s trigger is better than the SAR. However, as we’ll cover below, we still recommend an upgrade.
IWI X95 Review – Our Take
Before trying this rifle out, I’ll admit, I had never fired a bullpup before. I’ve always appreciated their ability to provide a short overall length rifle without having to deal with NFA laws/the ATF with a short barreled rifle (SBR).
Also, I’ve always
Honestly, I was a little
However, my first experience with the IWI X95 was a very pleasant surprise!
The biggest things I loved about the X95 Tavor were the controllability and the recoil mitigation.
Being used to AR-15 style rifles and their front-end heavy design, I thought
With the X95, the magazine release was like an AR-15. This was nice – having to deal with the alternate magazine release locations of most bullpup rifles would’ve have been one more thing to worry about/learn.
I also like the multiple QD points for sling attachments and the available rail real-estate (if needed). I could easily slide the handguards forward to access the rails and add accessories, such as flashlights.
Although the trigger is better than the SAR, I really recommend upgrading it by installing a
Accuracy was good for a
My biggest gripe about the design is the cutlass-style trigger/hand guard. Instead of actually guarding the trigger, it allows the rest of my firing hand to get up around the trigger. I think this could be a safety issue and it’s also not comfortable when a shooter is used to using
There is an aftermarket grip available that converts it to a standard pistol grip and trigger guard – this is a recommended upgrade.
The modularity of this rifle is AWESOME! It is easily convertible to
I’ve upgraded the gasket under this cover to one designed to seal better – so far, so good.
IWI X95 Rifle Pros and Cons
Nice improvement over the SAR design
Very reliable (near bombproof)
Accurate (for a “battle” rifle)
My new SHTF rifle – full power, compact design
Must relearn rifle operation if coming from an AR-style rifle
Cutlass tyle grip guard is…just…weird
Ejection port cover leaks gas in your face when shooting suppressed
Premium rifle cost is not as accurate is similarly priced AR-15s
|Reliability||Seriously, this thing is a tank.||
|Accuracy||Good enough accuracy, but nothing spectacular.||
|Customization||Although there are some upgradeable parts, customization is fairly limited.||
|Value||This is a true battle-rifle. It’s a bit pricey, but worth every penny.||
Final Grade: A-
Tavor Rifle Bullpup Problems
We’re not sure why, but a lot of folks ask about/search for problems with this rifle. As far as our experience goes, this is an incredibly reliable platform and it would be a good choice for anyone looking for a semi-auto rifle in 5.56mm, especially if size is a concern.There have been no recalls nor official issues with this rifle.
IWI Tavor Reliability
Again, this thing is a TANK! Compared to similar rifles in its class, this thing is super reliable.
Tavor SAR vs X95
When compared to the Tavor SAR, we think that the X95 handily comes out on top.
- The X95 is a bit more slim lined – shorter butt pad, and the bolt release is still int he same location but more flush and ergonomic to doing your reloads
- Mag release button for the X95 is located by the trigger like an AR 15 while the SAR is located behind the trigger by the magazine.
- The 95x charging handle is further back to the shooter while the SAR is further forward
- The X95 has 3 rail slides which allows for more accessories to hookup to the rifle
- The X95 has 3 swivel point attachments on one side and 2 on the other while the SAR only gives you three total
EXTRA RESOURCES FOR Tavor X95
Below are a couple of extra IWI Tavor X95 resources to not only help you get the most out of the Tavor X95 review, but also take your Tavor assault rifle to the next level:
Tavor X95 Maintenance and Cleaning Process
Cleaning and maintaining your Tavor X95 is very important. Check out the below video so you can see how to take it apart properly, but also how to clean and maintain the rifle as well.
Tools mentioned in the video:
Accessories and Upgrades for the Tavor X95 Rifle
In the Tavor X95 review, we gave the X95 a versatility and customization grade of C -. This is because the Tavor isn’t very customizable as other guns or rifles. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t improve it, or even add on to it. See the video below to check out what you can do to take your Tavor to the next level.
Equipment discussed in the video:
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