Looking for more info on the new Tavor SAR bullpup from IWI U.S.? Want advice on choosing a red-dot optic for your AR? Wondering if your lever-action carbine is good enough for home defense? The October issue of Shooting Illustrated, on newsstands now, addresses all of these questions and more.

Leading the coverage of all things self-defense is the highly anticipated IWI U.S. Tavor SAR, the semi-automatic equivalent of the Israel Defense Forces service rifle, the TAR-21. At slightly more than 26 inches long, the compact Tavor SAR is easy to maneuver in tight places, making it well suited for home defense. “After getting used to the Tavor’s bullpup layout, I found it as easy to shoot as an AR, and perhaps more instinctive,” writes Shooting Illustrated Managing Editor Ed Friedman.

While the Tavor may be new to U.S. shooters, the Beretta 92 has been around for decades. As Handgun Editor Dick Williams discovers, the 92FS Compact Inox with Rail puts the best elements of the battle-proven design in a size more practical for concealed carry. To see how the pistol compares to its bigger cousins, Williams tests its performance with seven different loads.

Your personal defense need not rely on the latest semi-auto rifle or pistol, however. Senior Field Editor Sheriff Jim Wilson discusses why the lever-action carbine remains a viable alternative, while Field Editor Wiley Clapp extols the virtues of the Smith & Wesson L-frame revolver. The authors’ experiences show that some classic firearms still have a place in today’s defensive plans, and may even be better than more modern offerings.

Regardless of whether you own a lever gun, a pump shotgun or an AR, when shopping for an optic, it’s easy to become mired in confusing terminology. Richard Mann cuts through the jargon by explaining the differences between holographic, prismatic and reflex sights. He also profiles seven of the latest red-dots in an effort to zero in on one that meets your needs.

Look for these articles and more in the October issue of Shooting Illustrated, The Definitive Source for the Modern Shooter, at a newsstand near you. You can also subscribe by calling (877) 223-3840.

For more information: visit www.ShootingIllustrated.com, call Editor in Chief Adam Heggenstaller at (703) 267-1392 or e-mail aheggenstaller@nrahq.org.

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