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Are you planning on buying or have you bought an IWI Tavor?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Ragsdale0509, Sep 3, 2013.

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  1. Ragsdale0509

    Ragsdale0509 Member

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    I'm personally excited about the IWI Tavor and I plan to buy one before December of this year. It's the first bullpup that I've shot that I truly enjoyed shooting. The main selling points for me is that I can shoot it both right and left handed (without brass hitting me in the face when firing it left handed with a right side bolt), "metallic" feeling crisp trigger feel, and well thought out controls. I especially like the location of the bolt release and the combination of it and the trigger-style magazine release makes reloading very fast. The trigger pull is quite stiff weighing in at around 12 pounds; however, the weight can be reduced to around 7 pounds by removing the redundant trigger return spring in the trigger pack. The Military Arms Channel has an "5 minute Tavor trigger job" instructional video on how to do this.
     
  2. basicblur

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    I was interested in the Tavor until I saw the Beretta ARX100.

    Since it's currently unavailable?, I'll bide my time.

    I did buy the ARX160 - darn little 22s are addictive (and cheap to shoot)!
     
  3. briansmithwins

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    I've shot the Tavor and own a AUG and FS2000. I don't have any plans to get a Tavor.

    Some general observations about the three bullpups:

    CHs-
    The CH on all three is in the right location, but I'm concerned that if the Tavor rifle is dropped on the left side you might break it. The FS2000 and AUG solve this by using folding CHs, which does add complexity. The Tavor is also lacking a FA function, which the AUG and FS have.

    Mag release location-
    The Tavor has the mag release placed for fast activation but I'm concerned that it could be snagged or otherwise activated. The AUG's mag release is decently shielded but requires some manipulation to reach. The FS2000's mag release is darn near perfect, forward of the mag, well shielded, and easy to actuate by either hand.

    Feel-
    The AUG is slim, heavy and well balanced, kinda like dating a gymnast. The FS2000 is bulky but not dense. Almost like water wings. The Tavor is somewhere in the middle, not a solid feeling as the AUG but more svelte than the FS2000.

    Operating systems-
    FS2000 and AUG both use short stroke pistons, Tavor is long stroke. I'm fine with either. I do like that the FS2000 and AUG both have field adjustable gas regulators, so you can blow more gas into the action if the rifle is fouled or with weak ammo. The Tavor doesn't. From a design standpoint all three are very well thought out small arms. Field stripping is easy, with the Tavor having fewer small parts to lose.

    Ambidextrous use:
    The FS2000 is the only rifle that has ambi ejection, a centrally placed safety and mag release. It shares with the AUG the issue of not being able to swap CH locations. Both the AUG and Tavor are lefty friendly in that they can be swapped to right side ejection, but for shooting off your weak shoulder you're going to have some issues.

    TLDR version:
    There are advantages and disadvantages to all three, just like very other machine designed by men .

    BSW
     
  4. On An Island

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    I guess I'm more old-school than I thought, as I just don't care for the bullpup-style guns. So no, I'm not planning on buying a Tavor.
     
  5. Fishbed77

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    I'd love to pick one up, but $2000 will buy me a lot of other gun-stuff!
     
  6. HexHead

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    I'd get a Steyr Aug in a heartbeat over one.
     
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    I'll buy one when I find a decent price, sure ain't paying MSRP or above for one!
     
  8. YZ

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    I own a Tavor. My previous bullpup was an FS2000. It was fine at the range. It was far from straightforward to clean and reassemble. That's where the Tavor wins, in my opinion.
     
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    For that money, I'd be tempted to go the PS90 route. And save 5.56 for an AR platform.
     
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    After watching MAC's videos I want one badly. I "should" have enough money to get one around Christmas but I think actually finding one at or below MSRP that time of year will prove challenging...
     
  11. Slamfire

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    I am interesting in firearms design and the Tavor is an interesting evolutionary development. Too bad it costs $2,000!

    Otherwise, I would be very tempted to get one.
     
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    I do want a FDE Tavor. I just cannot justify $2000.
     
  13. Jackal

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    The IWI would be a good buy at $1100-$1400. But go beyond that in price range and your into top of the line, end of days AR15's, which have easily obtained parts. Break something on that IWI or try to buy some spare parts....:banghead:
     
  14. YZ

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    It helps quite a bit to know you can resell your Tavor and lose little or no money at all. That was my ultimate excuse for going for it. Mine by the way is FDE but only because I was late for the black one at the LGS. I think all issue Tavors are black.
    Also a bit of personal experience. The buttpad is so wide (tall) that you "feel" less kick.
     
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    Nope the Israelis can keep them.
     
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    I tried one out and I liked it a lot. I am not in a rush to purchase one but when there are more out there and the prices normalize I would like to add one to the collection. I did not feel like I was giving up much to an AR-15, including reloading split times (which we tested). The trigger was very heavy but not "bad".
     
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    The trigger has two springs one of which can be safely removed to lighten the pull. The IMI AFAIK does not object for any safety reasons, but voids the warranty nonetheless.
     
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    I would love to try one out, and I think I would probably like to own one, but the cost is way out of reach for now.
     
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    If I didn't already have a couple ARs I would buy one. I held one at my LGS and was very impressed. $2k sounds expensive but that's about what some high-end ARs and the FS2000 are going for, and it's still cheaper than the SCAR or ACR. The Tavor seems like it has a lot to offer.
     
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    Have not come across one yet but would be open to seeing what one was like before I made up my mind. Still consider the AUG the front runner if I were considering a bullpup design.
     
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    Perhaps once they've been around for a while, and you can get varient calibers. Honestly I want to see one in .458 socom. . . with a suppressor.
     
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    Never heard of it.
     
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    Somewhere on my list of firearm "wants" is a good quality bullpup of some variety. The Tavor is definitely on my shortlist for that purchase. That having been said it's still enough money that I don't see it happening soon.
     
  24. JustinJ

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    I already have an AUG but would like a Tavor too eventually. I haven't shot the Tavor yet but I do like the feel of my AUG more. The AUG quick barrel change is also an advantage although alternate barrels are hard to come by although supposedly this will change. I agree with basicblur though, I'm more interested in an ARX but will wait to see how it pans out before jumping in.
     
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    Not at $2k. I can buy two Colt 6920s at $1100 a piece from CDNN.
     
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