Tavor TAR-21 Failure to Feed and Jams

Well it seems like I’ve finally done something wrong to this gun. She’s failing with disturbing regularity. Sometimes the round doesn’t make it into the chamber, and instead get bit by the bolt. Sometimes the bolt cycles and doesn’t grab anything. Sometimes the bolt-hold open device fails to engage.

After some substantial troubleshooting, I determined damage had happened to my bolt and bolt hold open device, possibly due to resting on a magazine, but also potentially from the magpul p-mags that I’ve been using. You can see the way they interact . . .

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Night Vision on the TAR-21

 

This combination took me a while to set up. Installing the full length top rail was a huge pain in the ass but it allowed me to mount a 512 eo-tech and riser in front of my ATN Spirit. With a Gen 2+ tube its not the best NVD available, but its certainly a cut above entry level units. Using a 1x lens and picatinny mount in conjunction with the IR output of the Inforce WML means I can confidently engage targets within 100 yards.

While current generation Tavors come with a full length rail, I had to buy mine from Canada Ammo. Made by Ranch Tactical, this rail is certainly a cut above the NEA equivalent, but it does have some fitting issues still. The rail fits over the lower profile gas block, effectively removing the rear flip up sight and covering the IWI proprietary NVD or magnifier mount.

The night vision I’m using now came from this site here:

Vortex Optics VOTRS kit

 

 

I spend some hands on time with the VOTRS kit, and try a few variations outside what ships in the box. Designed for long term viewing, the VOTRS kit combines both mid and high power optics in one system. It’s worth noting that I did not order a kit directly out of the catalog. I built mine over the course of a year picking up one part at a time. As a result my combination is different from those sold directly from Vortex.

Razor 85mm spotting scope, Razor 10×42 binoculars, Recon 10×50 RT monocular, CBX tripod

 

I assembled this over 2 years, mostly of stuff bought from Wholesale Sports. The case itself I had to special order from vortex. They no longer sell VOTRS kits as a retail item, but they will still custom build them for anyone who asks.

Tavor TAR-21: The First Video

This video was shot approximately a week after I finally picked up my Tavor. Lots of people told me this was an IMI rifle, but its stamped with an IWI logo right on the side, so I’ll proudly argue anyone who wants to that this is manufactured by Israeli Weapons Industries and not Israeli Military Industries. More on that later.

TAR-21 Tavor at the Range: Gear I Used to Use

This rifle has changed a lot over the year that I’ve had it. While it started out like this, it’s now quite different. At the time I could only afford a Vortex Viper PST 1-4, but now I use a Vortex Razor 1-6 and find it a much better fit. I’ve also put a full rail and iron sights on the top to make it a more flexible system.

I still use the JBM ballistics calculator every chance I get, and take the Razor HD Spotting Scope with my everywhere. I’ve traded the Leica rangefinder for a vortex one too, and while I like to use the Eberlestock, its getting a little to small for the very wide profile of the Tavor.

Shotgun Speed Loads: Fabarm Martial 12 gauge and a Magpul CTR MIAD combo

This was something I really wanted to build. Do up my short barreled Fabarm Martial Ultrashort with a full suite of Magpul furniture. I started with a foliage green MIAD grip and CTR stock. The 870-AR adapter I used meant that I had to keep the straight grips rather than a swelled back strap or anything like that.

For a long time I was perfectly happy to shoot this shotgun this way. But these days I’m feeling a little more inclined towards lightweight options.

Fabarm Martial 12g Ultrashort with a 14″ Barrel, Magpul MIAD grip and CTR stock

My Fabarm has been a long running project for me. I first picked up the Martial ultrashort on a discount from the Calgary Shooting Center, and have done several tweaks and conversions on it.

While Fabarm SDASS guns are of a higher quality than a traditional Remington 870, that also means they do not accept standard 870 accessories. But by using an S&J sling plate adaptor and one of their 870-AR stock adaptor’s I could get everything running together on there.

Camping With Tatonka: Testing the Lastenkraxe and G82 Backpacks

My lovely girlfriend Jessica is not an outdoorsy person. But she is interested, willing to learn, and has already proven herself as a capable shot with my handguns and rifles.

I on the other-hand consider myself a dedicated outdoors person. Its not uncommon for me to camp alone, earlier and later in the season than most people, and with only the necessities of equipment.

Drumheller Badlands with Tasmanian Tiger Pack and Vortex Razors
Drumheller Badlands

At the end of August we went into the badlands of Drumheller to hike and spend the night. I thought I’d ease her into the experience by staying in a structured camp-ground where we could park the car and would have a fire pit. I have to confess that I have always considered this sort of camping cheating: where 90% of your home comforts come with you and there’s a convenience store 20 minutes down the road to cover that last 10%.

 

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