Saw this news this morning on Facebook. BUL is introducing the AXE pistol at IWA 2019. It looks like a Glock-clone striker-fired pistol. There are supposedly “duty” and “sport” models that will be announced soon. If it uses Glock mags, I think it may prove fairly popular in Israel and Europe, but it’s going to be tricky to market it in the USA.
It is unclear whether this is designed to replace the Cherokee; there is still a robust market for DA/SA guns, but BUL has traditionally been fairly aggressive in keeping a small product line. If that is the case, it does seem possible we’ll see the usual importers selling surplus Cherokees at a bargain price… keep your eye on Gunbroker. (RIP CDI Sales!)
Courtesy of the gents from BurstReviews, there’s now some new first-hand info from SHOT Show on what happened with the Tavor 7 and TS12.
The TS12 couldn’t cycle 2 3/4″ shells correctly, and had to be sent back for rework. It is supposedly almost ready for prime time.
The Tavor 7 had accuracy issues (2.5 MOA being the stated number in this video). They are still working that out, with no ETA. That’s unfortunate, but probably a good decision given the X95’s problems in that regard.
Not huge news, but it appears that Meprolight has opened a US subsidiary. Their website is at meprolight.us, but it’s not up yet. They are apparently at SHOT Show. Meprolight is owned by SK Group in Israel, which is the same outfit that owns IWI, so I would expect some amount of corporate overlap between the two in the USA.
One of Mepro’s biggest problems in the US with selling their optics is that their warranties are far below the industry standards (which are usually 5 years to transferable lifetime), so I am hoping that their new presence will allow them to improve that.
Just got an email in my inbox that DSA has released the “DSA SA58 FAL 21″ Israeli Light Barrel Rifle – Officer Grade Hebrew War Hammer” for $1500. Looks like they got a shipment of IDF “light/regular” FN FAL kits, and these are the builds on the nicest of those kits. Presumably, they will have some cheaper guns on the less nice kits, or we’ll see those pop up at Apex or Sarco. They’ve got IDF markings on the receiver, which is a nice touch.
I’ve previously reviewed the heavy barrel IDF FN FALO. Nice rifle for its time, but overly heavy. This model shouldn’t be quite as bad due to the barrel profile and the lack of bipod, but it’ll still be a heavy beast compared to an AR-308 or HK91.
I suspect they’re sensitive to accuracy after the related concerns with the X95. Still, this gives us a nice picture of what’s presumably an almost-production rifle in black… not a fan of the brake, but looks great otherwise!
TAVOR® 7 – Shipping to retailers beginning mid-July, with full-production quantities coming within 60-90 days. Initial offering will be limited to T716B (Black) with T716FDE (Flat-dark Earth) and T716ODG (OD-Green) coming in 2019.
TAVOR® TS12 Shotgun – Shipping to retailers beginning mid-fourth quarter. Initial offering will be limited to TS12B (Black) with TS12FDE (Flat-dark Earth) and TS12ODG (OD-Green) coming in 2019.
MASADAPistol – Full-production quantities to begin shipping to US retailers beginning in January 2019.
So, basically, we’ll see a bit of the Tavor 7 in a month, the TS12 around Thanksgiving, and everything else in 2019. This is not surprising, but it is still disappointing. Keep saving those shekels, I suppose.
I got most of the details right in my previous post, but did get the magazine situation wrong. It appears that it’s using an SRM1216-style rotating magazine to pack in those 15 shotgun shells (5 per tube). As far as I can tell, you need to manually index the next tube when you run dry (appears there’s an unlock button at the front of the trigger guard), given the location of the magazine on the handguard. This is not exactly optimal, but still looks more user-friendly than the KSG or even the SRM1216.
Alas, this rotating tube (aka, revolving cylinder) makes it illegal in MD , so don’t expect a hands-on review in the near future.
Some other things I noticed:
No built-in backup iron sights mentioned or obvious in the pictures. This is a bit of a shame, given how good the ones on the Tavor and X95 are.
The safety is cross-bolt, which is a step backwards, IMHO.
Not mentioned, but unless the pictures were mirrored, it’s fully ambi. Ejection ports on both sides, controls on both sides, etc.
The design seems to be much more one-piece than the Tavor rifles. Not a bad thing, but it explains why it’s cheaper. I could see this hitting the $1200 mark in the near future.
It looks like they could put together a 20rd version without too much more design work… it would make it less comfy to hold, but that might be acceptable to some people.
Reloading it looks like a giant PITA, which has always been a problem with tube-fed bullpup shotguns.
On the whole, it looks nice, but I’d personally prefer a 12ga version of the Tavor 7 that takes stick and drum mags. Still, I expect this to sell reasonably well for its price point.