Country of origin
3.3 - 3.4 kg
Cyclic rate of fire
750 - 950 rpm
Practical rate of fire
40 - 100 rpm
Range of effective fire
is a modular carbine. Key feature of
this weapon that it can be used as an assault rifle, carbine or
submachine gun. It was developed by Israel Weapon Industries (IWI). It is
also referred as Tavor X95. Previously it was known as MTAR-21 or
Micro Tavor. However in 2002 it was rebranded as the X95. Even
though it is based on the
Tavor TAR-21, it is a different weapon. In 2009 the X95 was
adopted by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) as the
standard-issue infantry weapon. It was planned that by 2018 all
infantry units will be equipped with this weapon. The X95 has been
exported to Angola, Azerbaijan and Columbia. This weapon is
license-produced in India and Ukraine.
The X95 is a
gas-operated, selective fire weapon with a bullpup layout. It is
based on the
Tavor TAR-21, but has a number of differences. Due to
its unusual layout this weapon has compact dimensions. It can be
conveniently used inside buildings or fired from the vehicles.
Overall it proved to
be a reliable design.
The X95 is
chambered for a standard NATO 5.56x45 mm ammunition. Furthermore
there is a conversion kit, which allows to configure this weapon to
fire a Russian 5.45x39 mm assault rifle round or 9x19 mm
pistol ammunition. The conversion kit includes includes different
barrels, module with internal firing mechanisms, magazines and
magazine adaptor. With this conversion kit the same weapon can be
easily converted by the user to fire 5.56x45 mm to 5.45x39 mm or
9x19 mm ammunition. There is also a version of the X95, chambered in
7.62x35 mm (.300 AAC Blackout) ammunition. In 2013 is was reported
that there will be a version, chambered for a standard NATO 7.62x51
mm full-power ammunition.
converted to the 9x19 mm
X95 submachine gun, the
weapon uses a blowback
operation rather than a gas operation.
version of the X95 carbine originally came with a 330 mm (13") barrel.
This weapon was mainly intended for firing at close ranges. It had
an effective range of around 300 meters. It appeared that this range
was insufficient. Since 2014 some infantry units were issued with
improved X95 carbines, fitted with a longer 380 mm (15") barrel.
These weapons have an effective range of around 360-380 meters.
There is also 419 mm (16.5") assault rifle barrel and 279 mm (11")
long barrel for 9 mm submachine gun. Different barrels can be easily replaced by the user.
The X95 is a
fully-ambidextrous weapon. All of its controls can be easily
accessed by either hand. A combines safety and fire mode selector
switch is conveniently located above the pistol grip and can be
installed on either side of the receiver. A cocking handle has been
relocated closer to the shooter's center mass. The cocking handle can
also be installed on either side. This carbine can be easily
configured by the shooter for right-, or left side ejection of spent
is fed from 30-round steel magazines. Plastic magazines are proposed
as an option. These are standard NATO
magazines. It can also accept magazines of the
Tavor assault rifle. Once converted into a
9x19 mm submachine gun, the X95 uses 20-, 25-, and 32-round capacity
magazines. These are the standard magazines, used by
has got a polymer housing. Its butt part is generally similar to
that of the Tavor TAR-21, but has some changes. Pistol handle with
triggerguard is an interchangeable part. There are two models. One
of them has traditional design, while the other has enlarged
triggerguard and is intended for shooting while wearing gloves.
The X95 has
a Picatinny-type scope rail. This weapon is intended to be used with
optics. There are back-up iron sights, however these are intended
for emergency use only. The X95 carbines used by the IDF are
typically used with Meptolight M21 day/night reflex sight. Also this
weapon is often used with a Meprolight M5 red dot sight. Both of
these sights can be used in conjunction with magnifying scopes. This
weapon has an effective range of around 300 meters.
additional Picatinny-type rails on the foregrip for various
accessories, such as vertical handles, bipods, laser pointers or
The X95 can
M203 or IWI GL40 40 mm underbarrel grenade launcher. However due to its compact dimensions
only some versions of this weapon can mount a
the X95, chambered for 9x19 mm pistol ammunition can mount a barrel
with integral sound suppressor. It comes as standard with conversion
kit. This sound suppressor uses standard ammunition, rather than
specialized subsonic rounds.
Tavor X95 is
a semi-automatic civilian variant. It has a tri-rail foregrip,
covered by three removable rail covers.
a Ukrainian license-produced version of the X95, chambered for
5.45x39 mm ammunition. These weapons are used by Ukrainian National
Guard. However it looks like as of 2017 only a small number were
produced. Ukraine is mowing towards joining NATO. At some point the
country will need to completely re-arm its military with new
weapons, compatible with standard NATO ammunition. So the Fort-224
looks like a perfect solution, as the same weapon can use the
stockpiled 5.45x39 mm ammunition, and can be easily converted to use
the standard NATO 5.56x45 mm ammunition.
an Indian license-produced version of the X95. It is chambered for indigenous 5.56x30 MINSAS
ammunition. India's Central Reserve Police Forces ordered 12
000 of these weapons. Deliveries commenced in 2011.