Israeli weapons designs have always held a special place in my heart!

From the Jericho Pistol, to the UZI sub-machine gun, there has always been something about Israeli weapons that I love. It might just be that the weapons systems were designed by a race of people who have been at constant warfare for the past several thousand years….

The Tavor is no exception. I absolutely love this weapons platform! By now, you all might have guessed that I am a giant fan of bullpup firearm systems. From the PS90 by FN, to the KSG 12 gauge shotgun by Kel-Tec, I absolutley LOVE bullpups! The Tavor is right up there with them too. Don’t even get me started on the Steyr AUG! But the Tavor, is one of my favorites for sure.

First introduced in the US in the spring of 2014, the Tavor SAR won immediate acclaim and achieved record sales as the first bullpup centerfire rifle to win large acceptance in the US market, due largely in part to its pedigree as the battle proven carbine of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).

NRA Publications American Rifleman Magazine honored the Tavor SAR with the coveted Golden Bullseye “2014 Rife of the Year” award, and rightly so. This thing even comes with a 9mm conversion kit!

Accurate and comfortable, the only downside for some is the weight. At 7.9 lbs unloaded, it can be bulky for some. Me, I like it and the weight doesn’t bother me at all.

Model Number(s)TSB16, TSFD16, TSG16
Caliber5.56 NATO
Operating SystemClosed rotating bolt, long stroke gas piston
Magazine TypePolymer NATO STANAG
Magazine Capacity30 Round
Barrel MaterialChrome lined, Cold hammer forged, CrMoV
Barrel Length16.5″
Overall Length26.125″
Weight7.9 lbs.
Rifling1:7 inch twist, 6 grooves, Right hand
Stock TypeReinforced polymer bullpup configuration
SightsFolding front sight (blade) with Tritium insert and rear sight (aperture)
Optional Equipment9mm Parabellum conversion kit with CHF barrel