Lads, I’m suffering from an acute case of New Gun Itch. It’s unbearable. It’s come down to one of three options.
This is the IWI ACE. It’s an evolution of the AK-47, through the Israeli Galil family tree. A gun shop just south of me has one at a reason price. The ACE’s are expensive, but there’s really nothing quite like it on the market. It’s probably the best AK type rifle on the planet, though it’s so evolved, it’s not really accurate to even refer to it as an AK type rifle anymore. I’ve played with one a bit and it’s very very good. I really like it. The only thing about it though that I don’t like – is that it’s a Quad Rail gun with Rail Covers. And I hate that. Seriously, that alone could mean it’s disqualification from consideration… but everything else about it is just so dang good. Bonus, it can use most common AK mag types. Which is good, because I’ve more than a few.
The CZ Bren 805 Pistol. The rifle would be fine, but I’d want this as an SBR eventually so I’d take this and put a Pistol Brace on it. The Bren is for those guys that want a SCAR, but want it for a Thousand Dollars Less. And yes, I’m that kinda guy. But also I want an SBR… so this meets and greets those desires perfectly. I’m also a huge fan of CZ, more than I can say… I truly am. I admire CZ a great deal. There is really no other Firearms company like them. The Downside to the Bren is that it’s 5.56mm and I already have a shorty 556 gun that I quite like, and it’s about to get even better. So this would be slightly redundant, but I could see this taking over as primary rifle.
Then there’s the Evo. Another CZ that I really quite like. The carbine version is rather long-ish. But it’s super light and balances very well. I dig everything about it. Its’ a 9mm though, and that makes it a Good/Bad thing. But the Good does outweight the bad. And considering that I’m thinking about another short weapon firing a rifle cartridge, giving up ballistic advantages for not using rifle cartridge is really a non-issue. The Evo’s mags are pretty easy to find for 20 to 22 bucks… It’s not really an issue either.
I guess one could say that it comes down to caliber… but really it’s more of a Rock Paper Scissors deal here. Any one of these three would be a winning a choice. I really like them all. I think I’m leaning to the Bren.
But then there is the Wild Card option. A PTR-91 PDW.
Which of course, is just another SBR Vehicle. Once the paperwork came back on that one, I’d but an HK Collapsable stock on it.
So… 4… Four options.
It came out the Terrorist in the Baton Rouge police ambush used an IWI Tavor rifle. Some words were thrown out by some media sources. “Assault Rifle”, “High Powered”, “Sniper Rifle”.
It’s not an assault rifle. Sure, it’s similar to the weapon used by the Israeli Defense Forces… But it is not a select fire weapon. The TAVOR doesn’t have a Shoulder Thing That Goes Up. It does not have a Bayonet Lug. It doesn’t have a Heat Shield. It doesn’t have an Adjustable Stock. So by all definitions, it’s not an assault rifle.
It’s chambered in 5.56mm – which is .22 Caliber. 5.56mm Nato is based on the .223 Remington cartridge. (Note the first two numbers after the decimal point is “22”) The .223 Remington was designed as a Varmint round. Varmints as being small critters like Rabbits and Squirrels. On many boxes of .223 ammunition, you’ll see images of small rodent type animals. Not Big Game. Not even a small White Tail Deer. So it’s not a “High Powered” rifle. Not even close.
What made the Tavor so deadly was the Man Behind the Trigger. Who was trained in the use of firearms, yes… But the man had EVIL intent. This is the difference between the the Good Guys and the Bad Guys.
What he used as his tool is not important. In France, we saw the tool was a truck. In Boston, we saw the tools were Pressure Cookers. The tool doesn’t matter. It’s how it’s used.
In both cases – Extreme Hate was the catalyst for Evil thoughts to be turned into extreme actions and Evil was carried out. The Tool doesn’t matter, where he got the tool, doesn’t matter. What matters is that it started with Hate.
Hate is where fingers should be pointed.
I remain terribly jaded about new guns and I feel like I get more and more guarded the more new and more improved something claims to be. However there are two new rifles out that have raised my critical eyebrow.
#2. The Beretta ARX100.
This is the third choice to the SCAR or ACR question. This is the Dodge to the Ford vs Chevy debate. It brings to the table some new concepts, while keeping within the confines of the tradition auto-rifle layout that is familiar to most American Shooters. But it does so with a wicked truly modular approach reminiscent of H&K.
#1. The IWI TAVOR (TAR-21)
This rifle is special. In my opinion it’s the best new developed combat purposed arm since the AK-47. It’s the promise of the Bullpup Rifle Concept, finally fulfilled. And it’s been the one rifle that I’ve been wanting for over a decade now. Now that it’s out and people have been trying it out – it’s not disappointed. It really is that good. It gets the #1 Position for a many of reasons. First, it’s a Bullpup. Which means you don’t have to SBR it to make it short and maneuverable for CQB or Vehicle purposes. You don’t have to get it as a pistol and put on an Arm Brace to skirt the $200 Tax Stamp and months and months of waiting for the Approval to come back. You can cross most state lines with it (Just stay away from New England) without having to ask permission or document notification or other red tape BS. It gives you rifle length ballistics instead of SBR ballistics. This is a huge advantage with 5.56mm. And unlike most Bullpups, you can fire it off the left or rifle shoulder, or convert it to left or rifle as you wish. Best yet… It’s not Vapor Ware. I can go to two local shops and find one available. And when I do eventually get one – I’m getting one, just a matter of timing – I’ll be able to trust it with confidence. The Israelis have engineered this rifle extremely well… because it had to be. While it’s still quite new in the history of small arms, it’s been proven constantly in conflicts since it’s come out. You can buy it in different flavors… one, like the IDF’s version (but semi-auto of course) and the others with all full length Picatinny rail on top for all your Optics mounting needs. Black or Tan, and with 16″ or 18″ barrels. I think I’d take a black, 16″, flat-top version.