OPTICS – The Mepro 21 has long been the choice of the IDF, but a variety of low-power variable 3-gun/DMR optics work phenomenally well on the Tavor. The Mepro 21 fiber-optic-and Tritium-powered sights deliver extremely fast, no-battery, illuminated options for the quick-handling Tavor. I especially liked using the top of the Mepro 21 triangle reticle for precision shots.
Variable optics like the Millet DMS-2 1-6x24mm scope help to improve precision as distances increase and allow for easy pre-calibrated holdovers. It might seem strange to consider the Tavor for long-range shots with a higher-power optic, but the rifle is plenty capable of delivering 3-inch groups at 300 yards with its full-length, 16-inch barrel. If you need even more precision, a higher-power optic and Geissele or Timney Trigger upgrade can net a sub-MOA Tavor.
TRIGGERS – Early during the Tavor’s introduction, writers penned scathing comments on the feel of the heavy combat trigger in the rifle. Geissele and Timney came to the rescue with two outstanding sub-5-pound “match” trigger packs, which can be swapped in under 15 seconds. There are now other trigger packs available, but the Timney is considered the best single-stage trigger for the Tavor, and the Geissele delivers a wonderful two-stage trigger with an option of a new precision trigger shoe.
It’s important to tell your customers that the Geissele trigger shoe replacement delivers a much better feeling and more precise trigger, but it does require almost complete disassembly of the Tavor and it is an impossible process without the $20 Tavor barrel removal tool.
FOREND – Tavor’s top and side rails are all compatible with Picatinny-equipped AR accessories, including lights and lasers. The Tavor is a tightly focused shooting package with no extra real estate. If you want to start mounting a bipod or full-sized light under the forend, things get crowded in a hurry.
Luckily, a number of companies are now offering aftermarket Keymod and M-Lock forends. Midwest Industries is the frontrunner in Tavor forends and rails with standard, extended and XL extended forend options in either Keymod or M-Lock versions. Midwest Industries also offers an optional 1-inch tactical light mount that leverages the otherwise unused space within the MI forend. The MI Tavor forends deliver more room and accessory mounting flexibility while offering a more AR-15-like straight forend feel to the shooter with a little extra length to stretch out on.
BIPODS – Many Tavor shooters don’t realize they can mount a bipod on the stock forend using the sling stud. If your customers opt for an aftermarket Midwest Industries Tavor Forend, they have the option and extra real estate for a Picatinny-attached bipod such as a top end Atlas. One of the most innovative bipod mounts is the FAB Defense TAR PODIUM Tavor bipod, which replaces the bottom grip plug and delivers a push-button, spring-loaded bipod.
AR ACCESSORIES – I am personally not kicking down terrorists’ doors or raiding crack houses, but I do train extensively with the Tavor and use it as a home-defense rifle. The size of the rifle is optimal for CQB use, however, I have found a few accessories to be extremely handy without adding a lot of weight.
The Mission First Tactical Torch backup light attaches to the rail like a tick and delivers upwards of 20 lumens, which is just enough to identify targets within a room and provide maneuverability lighting without blinding light. The LaserLyte Center Mass sight is another tiny Picatinny accessory which delivers a very fast Predator movie-style ring of red laser dots on a target.