IWI is the front runner to bag contract for Indian Rifles
After major players like Heckler and Koch, FN Herstal, Baretta are almost out from the race to grab the largest share of Indian Rifles Contract, IWI is the front runner to produce its rifles in India. At second place comes the Russian Kalashnikov. At this juncture, Defence Express thinks it fit to discuss the best Israeli bullpup rifle for the year 2018. Hopefully Defence Ministry will take a note.
Tavor SAR Flattop B16
A sleek and futuristic design makes the SAR B16 looks like something out of this world.
The Tavor SAR Flattop B16 is an Israeli bullpup rifle that’s popular because of its reliability and easiness to handle. It fires 5.56 NATO rounds, but with a kit, it can be converted to shoot 9mm Parabellum.
The Tavor has a reputation of being a top assault rifle and is used by the Israeli Defence Forces, as well as armed forces from various parts of the world, including India and Brazil. Even some police departments in the United States have begun using the Tavor over other assault rifles on the market.
Tavor X-95 won the 2017 Golden Bullseye Award for Rifle of the Year.
First introduced in the US in the spring of 2014, the Tavor SAR won immediate acclaim and achieved record sales as the first bullpup centerfire rifle to win large acceptance in the US market, due largely in part to its pedigree as the battle proven carbine of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). This is one of the toughest, most compact, most reliable semi-auto centerfire rifle. NRA Publications American Rifleman Magazine honored the Tavor SAR with the coveted Golden Bullseye “2014 Rife of the Year” award.
The Tavor SAR Flattop incorporates a full-length Picatinny style top rail in addition to the standard short rail mounted at a 45° angle opposite the charging handle. Here are the key specifications.
TSB16, TSFD16, TSG16
Closed rotating bolt, long stroke gas piston
Polymer NATO STANAG
Chrome lined, Cold hammer forged, CrMoV
1:7 inch twist, 6 grooves, Right hand
Reinforced polymer bullpup configuration
Folding front sight (blade) with Tritium insert and rear sight (aperture)
9mm Parabellum conversion kit with CHF barrel