The Tavor 7 rifle was developed by the Israeli company IWI Ltd, and first displayed to the public in 2017. This weapon is offered in two basic versions, Military (with select-fire capability) and Civilian, which is semi-automatic only. The Tavor 7 rifle is based on the design of the earlier 5.56mm Tavor TAR-21 assault rifle, which is still in use in Israel and elsewhere. The Tavor 7 however has been recalibrated to accept larger and more powerful 7.62x51mm ammunition.
The Tavor 7 rifle is a gas operated weapon. It uses a short stroke gas piston operation and rotary bolt locking, with the bolt engaging the barrel nut. The gas system features a 4-position manual gas regulator. The rifle is built using a bullpup layout, with a compact steel receiver concealed inside a polymer housing. It features removable barrels of different lengths, with the possibility of using different calibers. All controls are fully ambidextrous. The charging handle can be installed on either side of the gun, and ejection can be set either to the right or to the left, for which a partial disassembly is required. Magazine release buttons are located on both sides of the gun, above the frontal part of the trigger guard. The bolt hold-open release button is located below the gun, behind the magazine well. This rifle uses widely available LR/SR 7.62×51 magazines (such as MAGPUL PMAG LR/SR) in various capacities; the standard capacity is 20 rounds. Sighting equipment can be installed using an integral Picatinny rail above the gun. Additional Picatinny rails can be installed on the forend.
|Full text name||Tavor 7 rifle (Israel)|
|Caliber cartridge||7.62x51 NATO / .308 Winchester|
|Overall length, mm||730|
|Barrel length, mm||432|
|Weight empty, kg||4.1|
|Magazine capacity, rounds||20|
|Cyclic rate of fire, rounds/min||600-900|