After running the IWI Tavor (IDF model) for over 5000 rounds, I have found it to be a supreme example of how bullpups should be designed. It may not have the classic look and feel of the AUG, but it does have a battle-proven record with the Israeli military that everyone can respect. The rifle offers several answers to issues that other bullpup rifles fall victim of. Instead of having to deal with the little quirks or special techniques you need to run other bullpups, the Tavor rifle has one of the closest manual of arms to our favorite AR-15.
The biggest thing I hear people critique the Tavor on is the heavy trigger it has out of the box. Admittedly, I found it to also be heavy and not too conducive to extreme long range shooting. But in comparison, few people brag about bullpup triggers in general. I on the other hand do brag about my Tavor trigger proudly. i have gotten my trigger pull poundage down to 6-8 pounds. This was done easily and effortlessly just by using the trigger in dry fire and in shooting. I also oil the friction points lightly or grease them. This for the most part, but not all the way, nullifies the need for an aftermarket trigger set.
People have polarized opinions on the bullpup concept and the validity of it as a whole. But the one thing they cant deny is the fact that they are very maneuverable, and they do serve very well in CQB. Also a bonus is the fact that you can have a small rifle without crossing legal boundaries that your State may have. You have to decide where you stand in the bullpup argument but with the Tavor, I feel like it will usher in a new standard for bullpups and make more people open to the concept.
David Served in the USMC, deployed twice and got wounded. Retired and moved to Alaska. Has a passion for reviewing and testing guns and gear of all kinds. Enjoys working to dispel myths and show that you can train and practice in a realistic, safe, and practical way.
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