Tavor T.A.R. 21 – Weapon of the Future

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Tavor T.A.R. 21 Standard Version

Tavor, the new Israeli assault rifle is lightweight, compact and ergonomically designed to become an “organic” part of the warfighter. It has already been chosen to arm the Israeli (IDF) and Indian elite troops, and is aggressively marketed worldwide, to become a weapon of choice for future infantry combat suits.

The name “T.A.R. 21” stands for “Tavor Assault Rifle 21st Century”.

Tavor is based on extensive research and development and close cooperation with the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). It was selected by the IDF in 2003, following an extensive competition against the M4. The plant is gearing up to serial production delivering thousands of rifles starting 2006. The Givati infantry brigade is the first unit to be equipped with the new rifle, gradually fielding the new weapon, beginning with all Summer 2006 new recruits. By March 2007, the Golani infantry brigade and the Kfir infantry brigade are scheduled to get the new weapons, completing the initial procurement batch of 15,000 assault rifles.

Unlike conventional assault rifles, Tavor was developed to produce effective, fast and accurate fire in all conditions, including close combat. Its ergonomic design enables the soldier to operate the weapon as part of an integrated weapon system – such system does not rely only on technology, the system must rely on the human senses and capabilities, and respond best to the human needs. Tavor is well balanced and easily operated with a single (right or left) hand. Specific models can be configured for right or left handed users.

With its integral optical sight, it can be aimed and fire accurately with both eyes opened, maintaining constant eye contact with the target, improving the soldier’s peripheral vision and maintaining effective situational awareness. The compact weapon fits comfortably, aimed instinctively and fired instantly and effectively even by a heavily loaded warfighter, in tight enclosures, where the use of longer weapons is impractical. All Tavor models use flat-top design to accommodate advanced sights and accessories. The current model selected by the IDF is produced of black composites (the original was olive green), some models, such as the sharpshooter version uses Mil-Std 1913 (Picatinny) rail attachment mounting optical sights and other accessories. All versions have a foldable iron sights for backup.

Models

TAVOR T.A.R. 21:

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with 40mm M203 grenade launcher

TAVOR C.T.A.R. 21 – commander / compact:

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TAVOR S.T.A.R. 21 – sharpshooter:

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TAVOR M.T.A.R. 21 – micro version:

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TAVOR T.C. 21 – civillian version / semi-automatic only:

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History

The development of the new assault rifle, that should eventually replace in service the ageing M16A1, CAR-15 and IMI Galil assault rifles, began in Israel in the 1991. The new rifle was developed by the Israel Military Industries (IMI, now IWI) company, in close cooperation with the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). The new rifle first appeared on public in the 1998, and the IDF begin to test it in 1999.

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Tavor early model

The Tavor program included many technical and operational tests and the adjustment to the specific needs of the modern IDF soldier.  The weapon was ruggedly tested during a period of 3 years, has been qualified and approved by the IDF as the service rifle of the Infantry Forces and has been ordered by the IDF and other countries. The TAVOR is bullpup configuration with superior human engineering, reliability and accuracy, equipped with an integral reflex sight enabling to aim with both eyes open.

In various comparison tests, the TAVOR has proven to be significantly superior because of the operation advantages of the rifle:

  • Increased hit probability during exertion.
  • High reliability during function in extreme conditions.
  • Constant day & night use without zeroing.
  • Human engineering that increases user’s comfort and confidence.
  • Accurate, compact short rifle with long barrel.
  • Rear gravity center  (close to the user’s body) enables to hold and aim to front in movement.
  • Ambidextrous.
  • Advanced and accurate sighting system attached directly to barrel.

Description and Specifications

The T.A.R. 21 uses a bullpup design, as seen with the French FAMAS, the British SA80, Austrian Steyr AUG, Singaporean SAR-21, Iranian Khaybar KH2002, Chinese Norinco QBZ-95, and Belgian FN F2000. Bullpup rifles are configured in a layout in which the bolt carrier group is placed behind the pistol grip; this shortens the overall length but does not sacrifice barrel length. In theory, the T.A.R. 21 provides carbine length, but rifle muzzle velocity. The bullpup design is also used to minimize the silhouette of Israeli soldiers and to maximize effectiveness in turning corners in urban warfare. The T.A.R. 21 has ejection ports on both sides of the rifle so it can easily be reconfigured for right or left-handed shooters. However, this process requires partial disassembly, meaning that a rifle configured for right-handed shooters cannot quickly be shot from the left shoulder around the left side of an obstacle, and vice-versa, as most conventional rifles can be.

The T.A.R. 21 design is based on advanced ergonomics and composite materials in order to produce a more comfortable and reliable rifle. The T.A.R 21 is waterproof and lightweight. Accuracy and target acquisition are enhanced, by the use of accurate aiming, through the use of an integral reflex optical reflective sight, which projects the aiming point on the center of the sight. Tavor has an attachment for additional sighting devices, such as a 3rd generation night vision sight, which can be installed with no zeroing.

Tavor is gas operated, using rotating bolt action. All types use standard NATO 5.56 mm ammunition (M855/SS109), accommodate a 30 round magazine and sustain a rate of fire of 750-900 rounds per minute. The rifle accepts standard STANAG NATO magazines. It can also be mounted with the M203 grenade launcher.

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  • Caliber: 5.56 mm
  • Cartridge: 5.56 mm NATO M193/M855 (SS109)
  • NET Weight: 3.27 kg (T.A.R.) / 3.18 kg (C.T.A.R.) / 3.67 kg (S.T.A.R.)
  • Effective range: 600 m
  • In service: 2001 – present

Download official description Adobe Reader PDF file format »

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partially disassembled T.A.R. 21

Manufacturer

Israel Weapon Industries (IWI), former Israel Military Industries (IMI).

Tavor in Action

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Tavor in Guatemala
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Tavor in Guatemala

[via Israel-Weapon.com (IWI), Defense-Update.com, Israeli-Weapons.com]

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35 Responses to “Tavor T.A.R. 21 – Weapon of the Future”

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  3. The civilian version looks like shyte. Oh well. I guess I’ll just stick to my AKs.

  4. anyone has a link for the disassembly of this micro tavor?

  5. I wouldn’t buy this
    i’ll go for M1A

  6. I THINK THE TRAVOR WITH THE 40MM M203 GRENADE LAUNCHER IS GOOD TO BAD THEY DONT MAKE’EM FOR THE PUBLIC BUT I ALSO LIKE THE M16A1 M203 GRENADE LAUNCHER BUT THE TRAVOR IS IN SECOND ON MY LIST

  7. ITS PRETTY CLOSE TO WINNING

  8. ALSO THE THE 50.CAL SNIPER RIFLE IS GOOD AGAIN THEY DONT MAKE’EM FOR THE PUBLIC

  9. no we don’t…

  10. I LIKE TAVOR 21,FOR FUTURE GENERATION OF OUR ARMED FORCES.

  11. priyank franklin on November 14th, 2009 at 3:41 am

    travor M.T.R-21-MICROPHONE IS THE KIND OF GUN WHICH WE CAN EASILY CARRY ANY WHERE NOT INTERMS OF SHOOTING ANYPERSON-ATLEAST FOR HUNTING OR AT THE NEEDED TIME AND BELIVE THAT WHOMSOEVER HAS INVENTED THIS PEACE HAD SPENT A LOT OF TIME IN THIS..I DON,T KNOW ICAN EVER BUY IT OR NOT BUT IT WILL BE A DREAM UNTILL I GET IT …BECUZ I LOVE UNIQUE THINGS……….

  12. HOLY CRAP WHY ARE WE ALL YELLING!!! IS SOMETHING GOING ON THAT I DON’T KNOW ABOUT???!??!?!?!!
    PLEASE SOMEBODY TELL ME, WHAT’S HAPPENING!!!!

  13. With the bullpup, the length looks like smg with assault rifle power. This is definitely a future weapon, with the IDF with Tavor, someone is not gonna be happy with it… :)

  14. lol at caps lock
    i was thinking the same thing
    i mean tavor is nice but damn easy with the caps lock there high speed

  15. looks like a new version of the austrian AUG :D

  16. ermmm i wouldnt relay on it ! Jewish r cheap

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  20. Wow the Tavor T.A.R’s standerd version looks oddly similar to an AUG A3

  21. Ronald A. Docdocil on August 21st, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    the X95 5.56 mm after convertion kit to 9 mm proves very accurate either semi or automatic fire just like the famous H&K MP5′s.

  22. THE TAR IS THE BEST GUN EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  24. Where to buy semi-automatic version?

  25. cant believe that the bullets are more bigger than ak47 and this weapon is in the future 2722 i love it is a comterble weapon for me cus im lefty and it is for rite and a left

  26. Leave it to the Israelis to be miles ahead of anyone. I would love the chance to shoot a couple of rounds with this bad boy.

  27. impresive!im not sure desing is comfy but its modifications proves its very powerfull.I mean,a medium range sniper and tactical gun in same time?Now that an achivement!Respects HK!

  28. Nice for assault.very convenient not so heavy..

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  30. I just bought this…its unbelievabaly accurate its like a minimized sniper gun!

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  32. Good job Israel!

  33. thanks for that good invetion hope to get more modification in this millenium God bless israel

  34. I LIKE WHAT I SEE AND READ ABOUT YOUR PRODUCTS, IT’S A CHALLENGE TO THE AK FAMILY

  35. Insert name here on April 15th, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    its like aug