The Tavor was going for 400k-450k for civvies
last MegaMall gunshow. Thats the price ESPINELLI
, the then local official distributor of the TAVOR, was quoting. Of course IF ADOPTED, the price should go down bigtime. Israeli-made weapons are usually overpriced anyway. 98k is actually still high, as the Tavor, as marketed by IMI to other countries, actually goes for less than 800 dollars each in bulk.
The TAR-21 is ambidextrous and has ejection ports on both sides.
Cebupistol is right. In order to benefit from its left-handed ejection port, you need to REPLACE
the right-handed bolt with a LEFT_HANDED bolt, not an easy thing to do in a gunfight. And lefties using the standard right-hand bolt will get very hot brass at high speed into their noses!
The TAVOR is no doubt a good rifle, but it still suffers from problems unique to bullpups:1) You cannot adjust the stock length.
If it is too long or short, too bad, so sad. In these days of body armor wear, the inability to adjust stock length is a very glaring minus!
2) You can shoot from one specific shoulder only
, as shooting on the other shoulder will mean an experience you will not soon forget
3) Malfunctions are much more difficult to clear
on bullpup rifles than on rifles of standard configurations. You could get killed because of this.
4) Though not very important anymore, using bullpups for hand-to-hand combat is, well, just not conducive to the user's longevity
. Bullpups with bayonets, anyone?
The above reasons, and more, are why the americans and russians never really considered bullpup rifles for their troops. Give me an M4A1 anytime!