The X-95 is also known as the Micro-Tavor or MTAR and represents the evolution of the platform into a smaller, more maneuverable rifle. These rifles share many core mechanics with the parent TAR-21, but there are some key differences.
Visually, the front handguard and barrel are noticeably shorter. The X95 does not look like a Tavor at all. Mechanically, the charging handle and magazine release are much closer to the pistol grip.
X95 rifles are available in several calibers outside of the .223/5.56 standard. Notably, a 9mm submachine gun and a Ukranian produced 5.45×55 caliber version. The X95 is even smaller than the CTAR rifle, and is generally seen with a 14″ barrel. While once thought to be a special forces specific weapon, the majority IDF infantry and recon units are transitioning over the X95.
Unlike the primary 3 Tavors (rifleman, squad leader, grenadier) there are a wide variety of X95 rifles. Some have a closed handguard like the parent TAR-21, while others have an open pistol grip with a traditional trigger
guard. Some units have full flattop rails, or staggered picatinny rails, while others only use the factory Mepro 21.
Currently there is no civilian X-95 available in North America.
But we have seen the possibility of these rifles arriving on our shores, with Police and Military samples shown at various shooting events around the country. We see a very different X95 at these events, with IWI’s new modular quadrail handguard that features integrated rail covers. Take a look:
Think of the X-95 as a wider platform upgrade, complete with its own variants and evolution. As time goes by we see more and more of these ultra-compact carbines in an increasing variety of configurations.