The Tavor B16 and daily lifehttp://quietsurvivalist.com/the-tavor-b16-and-daily-life/
Hi again. Today I’m looking at what has become a well received friend in my home, truck and life.
The Tavor B16 made by IWI US and imported to their HQ in Harrisburg Pa. I know this because its stamped into the side of the stock at the back. I’m a trained observer. It is the semi auto version of the rifle issued to the IDF in Israel.
I also bought a Mepro Tru dot because the rifle came in with coupon for 20% off for the purchase and I thought it was a good fit. More later on the sight.
On the front end is a Midwest Industries Extended Keymod Handguard with the flashlight mount inside. I bought this as the Tavor is my first bullpup platform and I wanted my hand as far away from the hot barrel as I could get it, and the flashlight mount just made sense for what I wanted this little rifle for. I mounted the pressure switch with wire ties because I normally wear light gloves and the wire tie let me feel the switch without looking for it. I like that a lot.
It also has the Gearhead works flex swivel Ejection port cover, which gives me another place for a center mounted sling swivel. I like this cover because it also stops the gas leaking from the receiver into my face. I never really had an issue there, but the gas did leak and the cover stops it.
I’ve been carrying the AR platform, and the FAL for around 30 years. I like them both, they are pretty intuitive, i.e. if you can run one you can run the other without much issue. Assembly is different but operation is close enough for using in the dark. So the Tavor is something new to me.
So my first impression out of the box? The pictures don’t do this little rifle justice. Its small. Like smaller than a 14in M4 with stock collapsed small. Its heavier, but not really so you notice when its slung, but all the weight is behind your dominant hand, above the magazine well. Different but not bad. It requires putting the butt to your shoulder then acquiring your target, as opposed to the AR being balanced differently.
You can see in the pictures it sits barely on the arms of an office chair, and how small it really is.
The standard rails run along the top of the rifle and also a short section runs on the right side of the rifle in the right hand model. This is handy for mounting lights or lasers , but….this rifle is thicker than most with the charging handle mounted on the left and not folding. I like the light mounted inside the forward portion of the hand guard myself due to this one issue. It fits better in the case as well. I covered the side rail with a rubber rail covers I had left from a deployment.
Reliability and Accuracy- I shot this with a little bit of everything since Ive had it, from 55gr to 77gr and it likes the 77 a lot. The 55gr federal white box shot to POA but grouped a bit larger than I expected, but after settling on the 77gr OTM loaded by IWI for the Tavor it shot great and this I think is the 1 in 7 twist of the barrel and the longer bullets.
I achieved best accuracy waiting between rounds to let the barrel cool to avoid any issues heat might contribute. Can’t say heat made a difference, but it shoots a ragged 1/2 inch group at 75 yards when I use this technique and the 77gr OTM.
This rifle is not a target rifle, its not an AR especially the trigger. It is a very reliable rifle. Its close enough to call it a Glock equivalent. If it stops shooting its empty. Its just that easy. It has not once missed a beat. Ratty old steel case to brand new Israeli IWI 77gr OTM it shoots fine. Magazine changes and manual of arms are simple and with practice as easy as an AR platform rifle.
Unlike other popular bullpups, and some AR’s as well, this rifle has worked with every magazine I’ve shoved in it. Every magazine works. The FN2000 has issues with some types but the Tavor uses magazines you already own, a huge plus in my book. Since most people won’t be buying this as an only 1 rifle then magazines matter. I have some 20 rd AR magazine which are older than I am and they worked fine.
The trigger- yes the rumors are true, it has a brutal trigger if you are used to the AR. What do you want, its a conscripts rifle not a precision target rifle. I removed the extra trigger reset spring and put the cross pin back in, the trigger weight came down significantly and has smoothed out as time goes by with me using it.
Issues so far- Well there is really only 1. If you aren’t careful carrying this rifle for real, in harms way, the charging handle can get bumped pulling the bolt out of battery. This will cause a misfire. The hammer will fall, you get a click but no bang.
If you needed a bang that will be important.
Solution? Always check if the bolt is visible in the ejection port, if it is pull the charging handle back halfway and release it. Only the carrier, a square piece of metal holding the bolt should be visible. Do not ride it forward, it will just compound your problem.
If you carry it with a loaded magazine and chamber empty, no problem, just run the bolt back and release, it will be fine. Since this is how the rifle was designed to be carried it makes sense it has not been a problem as an issued weapon to troops.
Mepro Tru-Dot sight– This sight is a wide angle, zero magnification red dot sight. It shoots where I point and it holds zero well. It has 4 settings for brightness and the only down side is occasionally I will bump the switch and turn it off. It runs on a AA battery, a huge plus. Its a simple single red dot, I zeroed the Tavor at 75 yards because the line of bore is 4 inches below line of sight. It works well with this zero so far. The coyotes have not presented an argument against it anyway. I’ve left the sight turned on for 4 months and the battery so far has not needed replacement.
This is a decent little rifle. It rides in the truck with me, in a soft case when I leave the house. I like to have a rifle all the time, and the Tavor fits that bill very well.