The Tavor B16 and daily life
The first Tavor review I did is one of the top posts I’ve done on this page and I thought since so many still read it I should do a few updates on my experience with it.
Ive had mine for over a year now and I am still very satisfied with what it does and how it performs in the bush, and as a general purpose truck rifle.
I also like it for a use I didn’t originally consider it for, which is hunting.
Its short enough to maneuver in my house well, and the light mount in the handguard is great so I don’t need a flashlight in one hand.
So, lets get on with it
The first thing I find is nice daily is the size. Anyone who is in and out of a vehicle with a long arm knows you bang the barrel on the door posts or the exterior.
Paint scratched off the truck onto your rifle sucks. You get a scratch on your truck, and paint on the rifle.
The Tavor, with my truck works great. I like my Tacoma, and the doors are plenty big enough for me, but I found with the M4 I used to carry banged the door or roof almost every time getting out fast. This is mostly when engaging critters, coyote’s or the occasional lion.
Yes, a 556 will kill a lion very effectively.
Another thing a Tavor does well. I have friends who are severely handicapped and they must shoot from the truck while hunting.
They cant sit in the cold, in their wheel chair, or on the ground comfortably for more than 30 minutes which makes joint hunting hard for running more than 1 stand.
So they sit in the truck, with their CHAMP permit ( a handicapped hunter permit Az issues) displayed in the window and my Tavor in the truck with them.
They can maneuver the rifle easily, shoot from the drivers window with minimum motion or noise, AND they get out of the house and hunt.
The short length from grip to muzzle means the barrel doesn’t hit the windshield, steering wheel or door frame. With the door open he can put 1 foot out and brace against the door frame and the door for a short time and the rifle allows him to put his opposite shoulder on the door to balance and still shoot.
Longer barreled rifles, or just longer guns in any case do not allow this.
I know, I’ve been taking him out for years and the Tavor works well for him.
And if he sits on the drivers side or facing rear in the back seat passenger side, all my brass lands in the truck. I don’t have to recover his game AND his brass. He crawls around and sorts out the brass while he sits in the truck.
If they want to sit outside the truck, the Tavor slings across the back or on the back of the wheel chair until they are set where they want to be. Ordinary rifles slung get in the way of crutches or snag on obstructions, needing my help to untangle before they can go any farther.
With the Tavor and the handicapped. The mag change is a gross motor skill, you use the heel of the shooting hand to release the mag. The magazine falls inside the truck and mag changes are easier than with an M4 type because the hand moves across the chest instead of forward.
Great for Vets with bad shoulders or backs. And the shooting hand never leaves the pistol grip, so no loss of muzzle control.
For use in a full contact environment, the mag change is fast and intuitive with your hands coming together instead of searching for the mag well.
Another advantage with the Tavor is its balance. The weight is behind the pistol grip, I can hold the rifle in low ready with the stock on my shoulder, easily with one hand for extended periods hunting on a stand.
And my handicapped friends notice the same.
Being semi able bodied I don’t notice this until I see others improving their shooting and speed reacting to game using this technique.
Balance and weight issues
The Tavor is also a great rifle for using in a blind. It maneuvers quickly, but because of the length coyote’s don’t seem to notice the movement to target as fast as a long rifle. A 700 Varminter for example.
I can use a mouth call or a remote for a FoxPro easily without putting the rifle down, and the muzzle naturally goes where I look as I swivel my body with the stock on my shoulder.
Bolt unlocking issues
In my first post about the Tavor I discussed issues with the bolt unlocking with a bump to the charging handle. I can say this is a non issue in real life use.
Pull the bolt back halfway and release without causing a double feed or ejecting the live round in the chamber and you are good. Don’t shoot the truck or yourself.
Or just carry it with an empty chamber and run the bolt when you are ready to shoot.
If you carry in harms way you must be cognizant of this issue and check your bolt regularly to make sure it is fully forward and locked.
In GRUNT that’s ” Pay the fuck attention to what the fuck you are doing at all times” .
Some people need it translated into GRUNT to understand.
There is more but these are things Ive seen daily which are not found in other mainstream blogs about the Tavor.
I’ll add more as I go, I learn more about this little rifle every time I go out with it.
The Tavor B16 and daily life