Israel Weapon Industries is launching its newest member of the Tavor bullpup rifle family – Tavor 7 chambered in 7.62x51mm. The Tavor 7 is a fully ambidextrous platform on which the ejection side and the charging handle can be switched quickly and easily from side to side by the user. The ambidextrous features include: safety lever, magazine release, and bolt catch similar to the X95, chambered in 5.56mm, according to an Oct. 30 IWI press release. “We are pleased to expand the Tavor family – the world’s most popular battle-proven bullpup rifles – with the new addition of a 7.62x51mm caliber weapon, based on requests from our customers,” according to Shlomi Sabag, IWI’s CEO. “The IWI Tavor 7 enables users from the military and law enforcement markets to operate in a wide variety of scenarios at short and medium range with enhanced firepower – efficiently, safely and easily, with only minimal maintenance.” The Tavor family was developed in close cooperation with the Israel Defense Forces, based on lessons learned from combat situations, according to the release. The new Tavor includes an M-LOK fore-end (2 M-LOK slots at 3 and 9 o’clock) as well as MIL-STD 1913 Picatinny rail at the 6 o’clock position, to allow the use of multiple devices and accessories. Its replaceable barrels are available in two lengths – 17 inches and 20 inches. The rifle has an overall length of 28.4 inches and weighs 9 pounds, without a magazine. The rifle’s body is built from high-strength, impact-modified polymer, and has a hammer-forged, chrome-lined, free-floating barrel for enhanced accuracy and life cycle. Additional features include a short stroke gas piston with a 4-position variable gas regulator, including an off position – a unique feature designed for special operation needs, according to the release. It also features a rotating bolt system that ensures maximum safety for the user and a pistol grip that can be changed or modified. The Tavor 7 is scheduled to be available sometime in the first quarter of fiscal 2018, will come in four colors: Sniper Gray, OD Green, Black, and Flat Dark Earth.