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Technical Review: Timney Tavor Trigger

There has been a lot of buzz about aftermarket Tavor triggers lately, and a lot of folks have written great reviews already.  Though many of them noted that the Timney design differs considerably from the factory IWI sear pack, none of the reviews focused much on the technical aspects or advantages and disadvantages of Timney's changes.  Let's get digging and do some comparing and contrasting!

Timney vs IWI

Timney vs IWI


Picture of the Day: Overall Length Edition

18" Tavor vs. 10.5" AR Pistol!

18" Tavor vs. 10.5" AR Pistol!


What’s in the box?!

Hey look, I got a box from Timney Triggers...

Timney Box
Spoilers: it's really awesome.


Fun Fact: FDE Tavors Weigh More!

Thursday morning I took a trip up to the IWI US facility in Harrisburg to talk to the folks responsible for what has really become my go-to rifle and probably among my favorite rifles of all time.  They have a fantastic facility which has a long history in firearms dating back to Mr. Kassnar's previous ventures under KBI Inc and Charles Daly.  I can't go into too much detail since I'm not a media rep and wasn't allowed to take pictures, but I was able to have a chat and wander around the warehouse discussing future plans, pitching questions from customers and getting a feel for IWI as a company.

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Tavor Trigger Job

In honor of the Military Arms Channel post and video on the quick and easy Tavor trigger mod, I wanted to share some results on my own rifle...

Tavor Trigger Weight

That's right... just under five and a half pounds on the mechanical break point.  There is still considerable room for improvement for anyone who desires a lighter pull, particularly once we start seeing aftermarket spring kits such as those by JP Rifles.  Spring weight is a fair bit of the weight behind the Tavor's sear system; both the hammer and primary sear return spring are heavy duty spring wire that is much thicker than most springs we're used to on the civilian market.

The spring weight alone for the takeup adds perhaps a pound and a half to two pounds at most, so even in gunsmith billed time we're talking $20 for a net reduction of four to five pounds of trigger weight.  The removal of the secondary return spring itself is a couple pounds and zero risk, the rest requires stripping the trigger pack which may or may not be in the forecast for some folks!