The Tavor is a relatively new weapon designed by Israel Military Industries. Unlike almost all military rifles, the Tavor’s ammunition magazine is fed into the weapon behind the handle and trigger. This drastic change in design allows the Tavor to maintain the same barrel lengths as the M-16 (barrel length largely determines accuracy) while making the silhouette of user considerably smaller – this means a person using a Tavor eposes less of their body than when using an M-16. This is ideal for urban and close combat situations. The Tavor is also intelligently designed ambidextrously. The M-16 is designed for righties. Lefties are inconvenienced in several ways. After a bullet is fired from an M-16, the shell is ejected to the right side of the gun. This means that a lefty constantly has hot shells flying at them, which occasionally find their way down the users shirt which we were told, and Itay confirmed (we are both lefties) can be uncomfortable to say the least. Additionally, the safety switch and magazine ejector on the M-16 are both designed solely for righties. The Tavor addresses all of these issues and is designed for ambidextrous use.
After the Tavor, we switched over to the M-16. After a run down and demonstration, we took turns firring the M-16 on automatic fire setting. Rifles are generally fired on semi-automatic – one shot per trigger pull, because the kickback on rapid fire is too strong to aim accurately. We each took a turn with firing off five rounds on automatic. The M-16 can fire about 36 founds in a minute on auto-fire. Here are the videos of my dad and I on auto. Although I sort of fall back at the end, I landed 3 of 5 on the target – the same as Steve (sorry its side ways - no way to rotate it). My dad and Itay both landed 2. My dad's video is kind of comical - take a look.