I review the IMI, not IWI people, 9mm UZI carbine style rifle, which is a full auto submachine gun and not really a rifle. This fully automatic machine gun was fun to shoot.
Before I get into the main topic, I need to explain something to you. You may be wondering, “Why in the world is this guy doing another post so closely related to his other posts recently?” The answer to that is simple. I want to ensure that I cover everything that we did and touched on in our trip, so the entire thing is now business related, and tax-deductible. So now you know my reason. And in the future, you will see posts relating to many different trips that I take for two reasons:
When I went to the Nashville Armory recently, I was able to shoot an UZI (IMI’s full sized model). I never cared to know much about the weapon until I shot one. What peaked my interest in the IMI Uzi?, it was the fact that at 20 yards, as a first-time shooter, I was able to maintain a spread about 4 inches in diameter… in full-auto mode.
I had always been under the mis-impression that these were not accurate firearms, however, I can say that at close combat distances, these guys beat out pistol and rifle (both of the semi-auto type).
Uzi was originally produced by Israel Military Industries, which is now called Israel Weapon Industries, in the early 1950s. It has a weight of 3.5 kg or 7.72 lbs and a length of 445mm with no stock. The barrel length is 10.2 inches, only about 2 or 3 of which you can actually see. The original design, and the one I shot, was 9x19mm Parabellum, but weapons and conversions have been made to allow .22 LR, .45 ACP, and .41 AE.
The Uzi uses an extremely simple, reliable, and robust blowback type open bolt-action, and can fire at a muzzle velocity of 400 m/s (9mm version) at 600 rounds/min with an effective firing range of 200m!!!
The original magazines were 25-round, but we were using a 40 or 50 round mag.
The one we shot also had the downward-folding twin-strut metal stock that was developed in 1967 by IMI. It was developed to essentially tuck under the receiver so you almost don’t even know it is there.
The iron sights on it was very nicely set up and were extremely easy to aim accurately with BOTH EYES OPEN.
It is 100% legal to own an Uzi submachine gun with a clean record with no felonies, at an age above 21 (or 18 in private sales), and an ATF Form 4 filled out (notice you don’t need a class 3 license for a class 3 firearm?). There are other compliance issues, but I didn’t write today to discuss that.
My wife and I each shot over 100 rounds in the weapon. Over the course of 200+ rounds, we incurred very few problems, save one… The left curved feed mechanism got bent in one of the magazines. I am not sure how it happened, but we found it because the weapon would fire on round fine, then jam up. Fire the next one fine, then jam up. After 3 jams, we looked at the mag, and found it bent. We had to shoot from then on with only one mag instead of two.
The Uzi fits well with the stock extended. It just feels comfortable… I was surprised. One thing I learned about the placement of a full-auto is to have it more on your dominant side chest than in the shoulder pocket because it will keep you from turning while firing. Next, give yourself a good forward lean so the weapon doesn’t travel up as you are firing.
The iron sights are extremely accurate, and remind me of a fixed peep-site. Since I practice in combat shooting, I keep both eyes open when aiming or pointing for the ability to follow motion and use my peripheral vision. The sites were easy to do this with.
Like I already said, It is extremely easy to control your spread on the target, as long as you know to stop firing if it travels up, and you also stop firing when your target floats up due to the gust of wind from all those rounds.
I would recommend anyone try the Uzi at a range that will let you rent it. It is up to you if you decide to have one in the home or not.
It is just PLAIN FUN!
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