Tavor X95 Announced!

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Fresh from IWI-US marketing:

We successfully introduced the X95® select-fire bullpup to our law enforcement customers last year and our civilian customers have been clamoring for us to get them a commercial version,” Michael Kassnar, VP of Sales and Marketing for IWI US said. “The X95® is a modern, modular bullpup design emulating all the familiar features of the TAVOR® but on steroids.”

The TAVOR® X95® platform incorporates a tri-rail forearm covered by three removable vented rail covers. The TAVOR® style trigger guard is modular and can easily be converted to a more traditional trigger guard with pistol grip. The charging handle has also been relocated closer to the shooter’s center mass, and perhaps the most significant departure from the TAVOR® is the ambidextrous magazine release, located to a more traditional AR-15/M16 location on the X95®.

Like the TAVOR® SAR, 16.5” 5.56 NATO, .300 Blackout and 17” 9mm Luger Parabellum models feature interchangeable cold hammer forged (CHF) barrels manufactured and engineered to IWI’s demanding specifications. Conversion kits in .300 Blackout, 5.56 NATO and 9mm will also be available.

The TAVOR® X95® in 5.56 NATO and .300 Blackout uses standard AR-15/M16/STANAG magazines and is supplied with one black Magpul Gen III PMAG.  Available in Black, Flat Dark Earth and OD Green. MSRP for the TAVOR® X95 is $1,999.00 and the Conversion Kits are $899.00 in 5.56 NATO and 9mm and $499.00 in .300 Blackout.

$2000 MSRP is better than I expected. No word on the release date yet, but I’d be surprised if it were in 2016. I am HOPING that IWI comes out with a 20″ barrel version for those of us in restricted states – they’ve got their fancy CHF barrel-making machine now, so it shouldn’t be impossible.

3D Printing a Magazine Sleeve

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As you’ll recall from my review of the BUL Impact, I loved the pistol, but bemoaned the lack of a way to get a nice flush fit with the full length BUL M5 9mm magazines. There was a product image showing a sleeve adapter, but I had never seen one in the wild.

Well, if you can’t buy it… you build it. Or in my case, you 3D print it.

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IWI-US now manufacturing barrels

Hot off the presses from IWI-US: they’re now manufacturing barrels.

This is big news because it means the .300AAC conversion is probably going to finally happen in 2016. It will also aid in getting the Galil ACE rifles out the door – they need 922r compliance parts, and a barrel is one of them.

Another fascinating tidbit is that they’re going to be making AR-15 and M4 barrels for other manufacturers. While this may just be a way to keep their CHF machine going at full-tilt 24/7, it would be a very short step to manufacturing their own line of AR-15s. I don’t necessarily know why they’d want to get into that market, given how crowded it is, but maybe they’d export back to Israel? No reason IWI-US couldn’t export parts to IWI, after all.

Happy New Year! Stats from 2015.

Happy New Year!

I’d like to thank the readers who have made this blog such a success. Your comments have really enhanced my own writing, and I’ve learned so much on the way. I even think I’ve made a couple new friends, which is always great! 🙂

2015 was the first full year of The Hebrew Hammer blog, and here are the stats:

  • 24,501 views
  • 12,971 visitors
  • 55 posts published!

The most popular articles were:

  1. Mepro Tru-Dot RDS review
  2. IMI Jericho 941F review
  3. Fab Defense KPOS Gen2 (in G17) review

Read on for more thoughts and stats!

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Battle Ready International selling 9mm BUL 1911s

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It’s been a long time in coming, but Battle Ready International has updated their website and is now selling BUL Classic 1911s in 9mm. They seem to have them in Commander and Government lengths, but not the oh-so-sexy Ultra / Officer length (or at least those aren’t up on the website). After having handled an Ultra-X, I am a real believer in compact 1911s, and hope they’ll get on that soon.

I also see BUL Cherokee Compacts with threaded barrels now, which may prove a good option for someone looking for a nice, easy-to-suppress Israeli firearm.

IWI-US recalls Galil ACE pistols

So, some interesting news from Full30: IWI-US has quietly sent a letter to dealers asking them to send back their Galil ACE pistols, and to give them information on who they sold them to:

To whom it may concern:

 Following our email of yesterday, we are instituting a recall of all GAP39 pistols.

 Please pack up and return all GAP39 firearms in your inventory to IWI US. You can ship freight collect (YRC preferred).

 Additionally, we will need you to provide us with the names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of all FFL Dealers and/or individuals that you sold to. We will contact them with instructions on returning guns in their inventory to IWI US along with enlisting their support in contacting all consumers for return of the guns to IWI US.

 Full credit will be given for your returns while dealers and consumers will receive a full refund with submission of receipt copies.

 It would be in everyone’s best interest to contact these dealers ASAP.

 FYI, this is not a safety related recall, but a possible NFA violation that must be corrected.

 We appreciate your support and understanding in assisting us with all facets of this recall.

EDIT: official consumer-level recall notice here. Still doesn’t say it’s a BATFE required recall.

A bit more discussion after the break…

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iSayeret free again!

Sorry for the lack of posts recently… more content coming, I promise.

However, if you’re looking for a fix right now, I just noticed that iSayeret has moved from a subscription model to a donation model, and the content on the site is available to the public once again. iSayeret is the “Israeli Special Forces Database”, and has a lot of fascinating articles on Israeli small arms and gear.