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Tavor TAR-21

Assault rifle

Tavor TAR-21

The Tavor TAR-21 assault rifle is claimed to be a reliable and accurate weapon

Caliber 5.56 x 45 mm
Weight (empty) 3.27 kg
Length 720 mm
Length (with folded stock) -
Barrel length 460 mm
Muzzle velocity 910 m/s
Cyclic rate of fire 750 - 900 rpm
Practical rate of fire 40 - 120 rpm
Magazine capacity 30 rounds
Sighting range ?
Range of effective fire 550 m


   The Tavor TAR-21 assault rifle was developed by Israel Military Industries (IMI) in the early 1990s. The TAR-21 stands for Tavor Assault Rifle for 21st century. It was first publicly revealed in 1998. This weapon had been tested by the Israel Defense Forces during 1999 - 2002. It was adopted to service in 2006 and replaced the M16A1, CAR-15 and Galil assault rifles. The TAR-21 has become a standard issue infantry rifle. It has been exported to more than 20 countries, including Columbia, Georgia, Guatemala, India, Portugal and Thailand. It is license-produced in Brazil, India and Ukraine.

   It is a gas operated, selective fire assault rifle with a bullpup design. It is chambered for a standard NATO 5.56x45 mm ammunition. Initially there were some teething problems with this weapon, however it seems that many early problems have been fixed. Some sources report that the TAR-21 is much more accurate and reliable than the M4 carbine.

   Design of this weapon is based on ergonomics and composite materials. It is reported that this assault rifle is comfortable to hold and to fire. Enlarged triggerguard allows to fire while wearing winter gloves.

   The Tavor assault rifle is fully ambidextrous. There are spent case ejection ports on each side. Right or felt side ejection can be selected. A safety / fire mode selector is also located on each side. It has a semi-automatic mode, burst mode and full-auto mode. The charging handle slots are cut on the both sides, so it can be installed on either side. After partial disassembly this assault rifle can be easily reconfigured for left-handed shooters.

   The Tavor TAR-21 is fed from standard NATO (M16-type) magazines, holding 30 rounds. Though it looks like this weapon can not accept magazines of the Galil assault rifle.

   This assault rifle comes with red-dot sight as a prime sighting equipment. Early production models had no backup sights. This weapon has a standard Picatinny-type rail and is compatible with various scopes or night vision systems.

   This assault rifle is compatible with the M203 40-mm underbarrel grenade launcher.




   Tavor CTAR-21 compact assault rifle, fitted with a shorter barrel;

   Tavor MTAR-21 even more compact assault rifle, also referred as the Micro Tavor. This weapon can be converted to 9x19 mm ammunition, using a caliber conversion kit. Sound suppressor comes as standard with this conversion kit. So even though it is based on the TAR-21, it is a different weapon. In 2002 this weapon was rebranded as the X95;

   Tavor STAR-21 a dedicated marksman version, fitted with a folding bipod and Trijicon ACOG 4x magnification optical sight;

   Tavor TC-21 civilian semi-automatic version.


Tavor TAR-21

Tavor TAR-21

Tavor TAR-21

Tavor TAR-21

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