Everyone, within the firearms community, has a platform that first brought them into said community. The Kalashnikov platform held it for me early on. It was entirely based on an unmatched simplicity and a higher reliability than other rifle platforms available on our market. Of course, there is no such thing as the perfect machine, but the AK and its derivatives come very close. With the endeavors of American companies, followed up by the pursuits of the Russians, the Kalashnikov platform can be made as modular as any AR-15. Spetsnaz rifles started showing up with Texas Weapon Systems Dog-Leg top covers, EoTechs and UTG forward rail-integrated systems (RISs). All before the days of ZenitCo. But, they learned from what they moved out of the U.S.
Over the last couple of days, I have been able to do a little T&E work with the Tavor. I was able to borrow a Trijicon TA31F ACOG from a good friend. I’d like to thank Matt for donating the optic and some ammunition for the testing. I also decided to finally do a little modification to the trigger pack. Finally, I ran one of the most visually appealing AR-style magazine — in my opinion — the translucent Lancer Systems L5-AWM.
The Tavor SAR is my go-to platform when it comes to rifles. It has replaced the Kalashnikov that I used to primarily run. Everybody’s platform is different and based on their needs. This also means that they are ever-changing. I like the reliability of the Tavor family of rifles, the barrel-length retention while holding an “SBR’d” overall length and the shared commonality of 5.56mm ammunition and AR-15 magazines.