The IWI Tavor, in my limited use thus far with it, is a great rifle. We all know that Tim (MAC) has a slight fondness for it as well. While it does take some getting used to, especially if you are used to handling a conventional rifle such as an AR or AK, I can see the great potential this rifle offers. If I were asked to name one weakness on the Tavor, it would be the very heavy factory trigger. When I first got my Tavor, I performed the Tavor trigger job that Tim documented in a video some seven months ago, but even then, it is still lacking the crispness I have become accustomed to with even the most basic mil-spec AR trigger. While that is not an unusual trait in a bullpup, it is still something that I feel needs addressing.
Just days before SHOT Show, Bill Geissele posted a picture on Facebook, a picture in which he was holding a Tavor trigger pack that was most noticeably not factory. I had a chance to talk with Bill at SHOT and was even luckier to get my hands on his Tavor equipped with his new trigger pack. The trigger pack in the attached photos was removed from his gun to allow me to photograph it. This Tavor trigger was a one of a kind, prototype item and I was honored to be given the opportunity to play with it. To say the trigger was improved would be like saying the Hoover Dam was a tiny obstruction in a small creek.
Bill described it as being designed along the same line as his other Super Semi-Automatic (SSA) triggers. This new Tavor trigger I was tickling is designed to be a combat trigger, which is what I would be looking for in a new trigger. The trigger was a 2-stage design, with the first stage very light, and at the end there is a noticeable wall, which according to Bill breaks at 4.5 pounds. While I did not have my trigger scale in my pocket, my finger would have to agree (at least ballpark). It was significantly lighter than the stock trigger, but also offered better feel.
Bill said the trigger pack will come as a drop in unit and will offer an adjustable first stage, a non-adjustable second stage with adjustable over travel. The whole unit is made by them and the trigger pack chassis (for lack of a better term) will be CNC machined aluminum and the final models will be anodized. He said the complete unit will hit the streets, barring any unforeseen obstacles, in March 2014 and will have a list price of $350.