Israeli TAVOR bullpup assault rifle becomes standard combat rifle of Nigerian Air Force Regiment


According to the Twitter account Defense News Nigeria, the Israeli-made Tavor bullpup assault rifle becomes the standard combat rifle of the Nigerian Air Force Regiment. The Tavor is designed and produced by Israel Weapon Industries (IWI). It is produced in two main variants: the TAR-21 and the CTAR-21.
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The Israeli-made Tavor  becomes the standard assault rifle of Nigerian Air Force Regiment. (Picture source Twitter account Defense News Nigeria)


The Tavor is also used by the Nigerian State Security Service as a primary assault rifle for their close protection and tactical units replacing the Uzi. It is also used by the Nigerian Navy.

The Tavor-21 is a bullpup design assault rifle chambered in 5.56×45mm NATO caliber with a selective fire system, selecting between semi-automatic mode and full automatic fire mode. This weapon was developed and designed by the Israeli Company IWI (Israel Weapon Industries).

The Tavor uses a bullpup configuration, in which the receiver, bolt carrier group, and magazine are placed behind the pistol grip. This shortens the firearm's overall length without sacrificing barrel length. As a result, the Tavor provides carbine overall length, yet can achieve rifle muzzle velocities if equipped with a rifle-length barrel.

The Tavor is primarily chambered in 5.56×45mm NATO, although 9×19mm Parabellum and 5.45×39mm Russian models are also available. The Israeli Defence Forces use both 3.6-gram (55 gr) M193 and 4.0-gram (62 gr) M855 5.56×45mm rounds. M193 rounds are used by regular infantrymen for better terminal effects at shorter distances, while the heavier M855 is used by sharpshooters. The Tavor accepts standard STANAG magazines.

The TAVOR in different calibers and configurations is in service with 35 countries from all over the world.


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