Due to the dynamic changes in the battlefield and the necessity of a potent 7.62mm cartridge weapon with superior performance, granting the troops an innovative, powerful, accurate and reliable weapon that can be rapidly and easily deployed in all combat situations- IWI created the TAVOR 7 bullpup battle rifle (although called an assault rifle by IWI). The Tavor 7 chambered in 7.62×51mm NATO cartridge designed and produced by Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) as part of the Tavor rifle family. This Rifle is a bullpup configuration system – rear center of gravity enabling a rapid acquisition of the target and providing the ability to fire the weapon with only one hand. Furthermore, due to the bullpup configuration, the weapon’s overall length can be significantly reduced without modifying the barrel length, allowing maneuverability in CQB / confined spaces and at the same time, being lethal for long ranges.
The Tavor 7 is in a bullpup configuration, the same as all the other rifles in the family. It uses a short-stroke gas piston system, unlike the two previous rifles, which utilized a long-stroke gas piston system, similar to the Galil and Kalashnikov rifles. This decreases recoil, as there is not as much mass cycling with each shot. The Tavor 7 also has a gas regulator with four positions: regular (R), adverse/extreme (A), suppressed/suppressor (S), and off/closed, intended for special operations. It has a hammer-forged, chrome-lined and free-floating barrel, with four RH grooves with a 1:12″ right hand rifling twist. The Tavor 7 is fed by NATOMIL STD 7.62 (LR/SR-25) magazines.
The Tavor 7’s external aesthetics are very similar to the original Tavor TAR-21, while the controls are similar to the Tavor X95. The magazine release and charging handle are in nearly identical places as the X95, and the bolt release is in the same place as the last two rifles. The selector switch is the same, except that the semi-auto selection is at a 45 degree angle instead of a 90 degree. The handguard is removable, and comes with integrated picatinny rails at the 6 and 12 o’clock positions, as well as M-LOK slots at the 3 and 9 o’clock positions for attaching compatible devices, including picatinny rail sections; it also comes with a removable rail cover to cover the 6 o’clock rail when not in use. The main receiver of the Tavor 7 comes with a picatinny rail across the top.
The ejection on the Tavor 7 can be reversed by pulling the brass deflector open to the opposite side of the port and then turning it 180 degrees, and then doing the same but closing it on the other side; the bolt then also needs to be rotated 180 degrees and the cam pin flipped to the opposite side (indicated by an R or an L). The non-reciprocating charging handle is reversible as well. The charging handle can also be held in the rear position similar to an HK MP5, as well as “slapped” down to release it. The Tavor 7 comes with the option of changing out the pistol grip with either the standard Tavor Talon trigger guard, a traditional trigger guard, or any compatible third-party accessory.