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Rock Island Arsenal

As seen in Thunder Roads LA-MS Nov. 2018 Vol. 14 – Issue 11.

Early in October, I was fortunate enough to have enough time to visit Rock Island Arsenal Museum and see their small arms collection. I can say that I was not disappointed with the collection on display. There were firearms that I had both never heard of nor seen and firearms that I have always dreamed of seeing. Among these were some Special Purpose Individual Weapons (SPIW) Program  firearms and the Cadillac Gage Stoner-63 machine guns, respectively. There are over 1,000 firearms on display. Unfortunately, a couple of years ago, the number of displayed pieces was cut drastically, and those firearms were stored in Alabama.

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Tavor – Testing and Evaluation

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.

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