IWI US announced the Pennsylvania State Capitol Police Department (PSCPD) selected the TAVOR as the department’s new patrol rifle. The IWI TAVOR is a compact, bullpup style rifle chambered for the 5.56 NATO cartridge and uses standard AR-15/M-4 magazines.
The TAVOR was developed in Israel, and has recently became available in the US market. I believe PSCPD is the first US law enforcement agency to adopt the TAVOR.
Based on the things I have heard, it is a reliable rifle that is easy to shoot. One of our writers and SWAT veteran, Aaron, reviewed the TAVOR at GunsHolstersAndGear.com. Aaron had some very positive things to say about the rifle.
I’ve had a chance to hold the gun, and it is well balanced, compact and maneuverable. For some of the compact spaces PSCPD may operate in, this rifle sounds like a good fit for them.
With a 16.5″ barrel, the overall length of the TAVOR is only a hair over 26″. Compare that to the Colt Law Enforcement Carbine (AR-15) that has an overall length of 32″ – 35.5″ depending on buttstock adjustment. And, the Colt has a shorter barrel (16.1″ instead of 16.5″.) That’s a 6″ to 11.5″ difference, plus whatever additional velocity or accuracy the longer barrel might impart.