Today I recieved my new to me IWI Tavor TAR-21 rifle. It's my first real black rifle although I have an M-14 and a dressed up Vz58 I don't think those really count. It will also be the first bull pup rifle I have ever fired. The rifle is marked .223 but is actually manufactured for 5.56. This one has around 3000 rounds through it according to the previous owner but I got a great deal on it and he included a bunch of goodies (I love firearms related goodies ) It also sports an integrated Mepro M21 reflex sight. The rifle is just over 29" overall with an 18.9" barrel made specifically for the Canadian market as rifle barrels over 18.5" on rifles that are at least 26" overall are considered "non-restricted" here and can be used for small game hunting, bushwhacking, boondocking, or whatever. Also aftermarket bullpup stocks are prohibited but rifles built bullpup from the ground up are not. This one fits the niche nicely and people pay extra for that here in Canada. 10 round AR mags just became legal here so that's a bonus, or not really as in some parts of the world you can just buy any magazines. I will be taking it to the range tomorrow but here are my first impressions haveing just handled it. I have picked up a Tavor before (WARNING: Don't pick up other people's black rifles! It will lead to you buying more black rifles!) and looked through a Mepro sight but never had the two put together. The Mepro sits low on the gun and you really need to get your head down to get a good sight picture. The red dot is by no means super bright but in bright conditions it picks up light and is easier to see. This system doesn't work too well when the area you are looking at is brighter than the area around the sight, like when your in the shade shooting into a sunny area. I can see why some people don't like this sight but it goes for $600 new so I'm glad I got one with it. Sorry my pictures always suck The rifle has built in backup iron sights. They seem decent, the front one hides in the handguard when not in use and they cowitness nicely with the Mepro. I also got a picatinny rail that I can swap out the Mepro for. I want to get a magnifier for the Mepro but the "optical accessories base" as it's called won't accept any North American mount and the Mepro has to come off or get new mount to go on the picatinny rail. Here it is with my new 12.5" barrelled shotgun The sling (Israeli Defense Force issue) is an old seatbelt with some black paracord tied to it. I don't really what they were thinking with that thing. It works but I think tying accessories on with bits of string doesn't really go with this rifles overall high tech look and feel. On the foreend at 1:30 there is a plastic picatinny rail. I got a Laser Lite laser with it that I put on for fun as well as a Streamlight TLR1. The magazines eject sharply and the bolt hold/release catch is beside the mag well so you can hit it after you slap a fresh mag in. There is a hole in the bottom of the handguard for a bipod but you need to buy or make an adapter for it. Field stripping this thing is easy. You push a pin out, let the buttplate fall open, and then all the guts come out in one easy to keep together piece. For those of you who play video games here it is with Tactical Flashlight attachment, Laser attachment, and Red Dot sight (still waiting on Bipod attachment and Extended Magazine attachment) Overall the rifle is very well balanced. While differant, the bullpup layout is very user friendly. Pmags must be opened up a bit at the back other with they will push on the bolt release like on some other rifles. I picked up 3400 rounds of .223 but they are almost all 55 grain. I hear this rifle prefers heavier rounds but i will see how it goes. I will post tomorrow with a range report. Wanna kill these ads? We can help!