UZI 9 x 19mm sub-machine gun

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Overview

The UZI Submachine gun (officially titled UZI) is a family of Israeli open bolt, blowback operated submachine guns. Smaller variants followed on from the success of the original.

Originally designed by Major Uziel Gal in the late 1940s and chambered for 9 x 19mm, the prototype was finished in 1950 and first adopted by the Israeli Defence Force, special forces in 1954. Two years later it was on general issue for use by rear echelon troops, officers, artillery troops and tankers as well as a front line weapon by elite light infantry assault forces. Originally fitted with a wooden butt, it later came equipped with a metal folding stock.

The UZI has been exported to over 90 countries. Over its service lifetime, it has been manufactured by Israeli Military Industries, FN Herstal and others. From the 1960s through to the 1980s, UZI submachine guns were sold to more military and police markets than any other submachine gun ever.

Helpful Info

Regarding dates and period correctness, the UZI is synonamous with the Israeli forces, but with successful exports, it equipped forces as diverse as the German Bundeswehr from 1959, the Irish Gardai, Rhodesia in the late 70s, Sri Lanka military and police in the 1990s and the US Secret Service from the 1960’s until the early 1990s.

Foxtrot example shown is the UZI sub-machine gun chambered for 9 x 19mm, fitted with a metal folding stock. It has a black polymer grip and forend and all the metal parts are military phosphate finish.

Film Set Notes

As with most 9mm SMG’s, UZIs are reliable, actor friendly, very useable in confined spaces and with their short barrel, give an excellent flash.