The X95 makes a handful of upgrades to the standard Tavor. Most importantly, the magazine release has been moved to the front of the rifle giving the X95 an ambidextrous AR-15-style magazine release. The next big improvement is the relocation of the Charging handle. Moving the handle closer to the shooter’s center mass means the gun can be charged and manipulated without over-extending the shooters balance. The final big upgrade is the handguard. With a built in tri-rail and removable rail covers, the X95 is able to be outfitted with accessories straight out of the box. In short, the X95 carries over all of the attributes of the original Tavor design but none of its weaknesses.
IWI US, Inc., launched in 2012, brought the first civilian commercial versions of the Tavor SAR to the United States in the Spring of 2013. The Tavor achieved immediate acclaim, winning the prestigious "Rifle of the Year" award from American Rifleman Magazine. IWI US was also honored by the NASGW (National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers) as inaugural winner of the 2014 Importer of the Year award and The Truth About Guns 2013 Rifle of the Year.