Unlike the AR-15 the Tavor isn’t known as a Lego gun; however, the X95 has a few changes over the previous versions to help in this respect. We are going to talk about how we set ours up, specifically talking about the options directly from IWI and some of the other items we used.
The original Tavor only came with a top rail on it. So vertical grips came later when aftermarket forends came out like the excellent one from RPM Tools. The X95, however, conceals some picatinny rails hidden under removable covers. You just press the little button that pivots in and slide the cover plates forward to remove them. The side rails have QD sockets built into them at the front for attaching a sling to and the covers have a corresponding hole. Speaking of QD sockets the X95 has five of them on it to attach a sling in whatever matter you want. We have a Blue Force Gear Vickers Sling on ours. Once the panel is removed all of your normal accessories can attach. We used this area to attach an Arisaka 300 Series Light using a Haley Strategic mount.
On the bottom rail, we have a BCM Gun Fighter’s vertical grip short. While holding the grip it gives us good access to the light with our thumb. To cover the exposed rails that have nothing attached to them a couple of Magpul XTM rail panels were used making the grip a lot more comfortable. The olive drab color is a fairly close match to the olive drab of the X95.
The Tavor has built in flip up iron sights, however, I like optics and only use irons when I have to so the search for a scope and mount began. The first thing that was noticed from reading is that the area your cheek rests on the rifle is at the same height as the top rail. When normal height mounts were used you had to tilt your head awkwardly to get a proper sight picture. Thankfully ADM has two different mounts the AD-RECON-H like we used and the AD-RECON-PB-H that come in heights above the rail to the center of the optic of 1.930″. This seems to be the perfect height to get a useful cheek weld. The other great thing about the scope mount is you can remove it using the QD levers if need be. In the mount is a Primary Arms ACSS 1-6 Gen 3 Scope. This scope was picked due to the great ratings and the reticle makes ranging easy. Due to the height over bore when using a proper height scope mount the rifle is very susceptible to aiming issues if tilted. Due to this, you need to keep the rifle verical for best results.
Now onto a few parts, you can get direct from IWI. The first of those being the thin buttpad. The one that comes with the X95 is fantastically padded but rather thick. In the States, this is for legal reasons apparently. In Canada that isn’t an issue so the short plate was ordered significantly reducing the length as you can see below. Let’s be honest this is a 5.56mm gun padding isn’t really needed.
The other major change comes in the form of the pistol grip of the X95. The previous version had the built-in guard along the entire front of the grip like the X95 come stock with. Those who are overly familiar with the AR-15 however just wanted a standard trigger guard on their grip. Thankfully this is a fairly cheap aftermarket option for the X95 called the Cutlass Style Pistol Grip. You can even change out the grip panels on it to a different color if you want to accessorize. I am still not sure which of the two I prefer however you now have options. If you are in Canada and want these check with your local dealer they can get them from North Sylva. North Sylva also carries the left-handed bolt and 9mm kit if you want those.
With the trigger being absolutely 1000x better then the original Tavor which acted more like a grip strength trainer, not a whole lot needs to be done. That said there are two options out that you can use if you want a much better trigger experience. We have used these in the original Tavor and will be getting one of them for the X95. The Geiselle Super Sabra Lightning Bow is a replacement trigger blade that removes the trigger slack. We are certainly getting the lightning bow as there is a lot of slack. The other part is the Super Sabra Trigger Pack which is apparently a marginal upgrade in the X95 as it already has a good pack installed however it will eek out a tiny bit more performance.
The only other upgrades people tend to do to the X95 is adding an Gasketed Ejection Port Cover for the opposite side if they are running suppressed. Or change out the flash hider for a brake like the Maple Ridge Armoury Rock-Solid Brake.
As you can see though it isn’t overly hard to handle the recoil
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