|Caliber||5.56 x 45 mm|
|Dimensions and weight|
|Total weight (with 30 rounds magazine)||3600 g|
|Total weight (with empty magazine)||2800 g|
|Overall length||720 mm|
|Barrels length||460 mm|
|Bullets initial speed||920 m/s|
|Rate of fire||750 - 900 rpm|
|Practical rate of fire||40 - 100 rpm|
|Magazine capacity||20, 30 rounds|
|Sighting range||~ 600 - 800 m|
"Tavor" TAR-21 is the latest
development of Israeli Military Industries (IMI). It is intended as an
infantry main assault rifle and in the future should change Colt M-16A2
and Galil ARM used by Israel armed forces. Rifle is serially produced on
IMI plants. It was developed using "bullpup" constructional
scheme what seems to be very popular among new generation weapons.
"Bullpup" constructional scheme has a number advantages comparing with traditional weapons. Firstly it allows to lower weapons length what makes fire comfortable not only in the battlefield but in limited space areas as armored personnel carriers as well. Secondly gas recoil power is pushing weapon directly back what avoids barrels tossing up after each shot or series what is ordinary to traditional scheme weapon. So "bullpap" scheme weapons have better fire accuracy. Thirdly "bullpup" scheme allows to execute fire using only one hand.
"Tavor's" TAR-21 is made almost fully from high extra hard plastic. Assault rifle works on gas returning principle. Reloading handle can be placed from both sides what make it easy to use both for right- or left-handed rifleman. It allows executing single or automatic fire. Rifle use optical sight as a main sight placed on standard bracket. There is also ability to use other higher capacity optics or night sight.
Pistol handle is made with large frame covering all hand. It allows to fire with gloves. Rifle has ability to be used with M203 40-mm underbarel grenade launcher. "Tavor's" flame-hider can be used for cutting barbed wire by putting on it flame-hider and shooting-through with bullet.
Alongside with TAR-21 on the same weapons base Israel Military Industry have built a wide assortment of rifles. Compact version CTAR-21 with shortened till 380 mm barrel overall weapons length is 640 mm. Assault rifle is intended for airborne and tank troops. Micro variant MTAR-21 with 250 mm barrel and 480 mm length. It is intended for drivers, artillery crews, staff personnel and communication troops. "Tavor's" modifications from "Steyr" AUG differs in that way that TAR family doesn't only changes barrel but has independent construction with shortened overall length. There is also produced sniper version STAR-21 with heavier barrel, higher magnification optics and folding bearing legs.