The Uzi. If ever there was, and is, an iconic weapon—even just by its visual impact alone – the Uzi would probably be sitting atop the throne. Compact, dark, with that wicked short barrel and telescoping rear stock…the Uzi evokes deadly dreams of elite commandos, dark hallways and devastating bursts of 9mm bullets.
Of course, these dreams are dated back mostly to the ‘70s and ‘80s, when the Uzi was at its nadir in the real world (who can forget the photo of a Secret Service agent holding an Uzi during the Reagan assassination attempt) and in film, when pictures such as “The Terminator” showed Arnold demanding an “Uzi nine millimeter” from a gun shop owner. Yet the weapon was first introduced in 1954 in Israel by Major Uziel Gal and had been in use during that country’s many conflicts ever since. Although subguns such as the ubiquitous H&K MP5 eventually replaced the Uzi in many militaries, special forces and elite SWAT teams, from the 1960s through the 1980s, more Uzi submachine guns were sold to more military, law enforcement and security markets than any other submachine gun ever made.
THE MINI UZI
With the fantastic success of the full size Uzi, in 1980 Israel Military Industries (IMI) introduced the Mini Uzi. The self-describing names says it all—a lighter, more compact Uzi. With the submachine gun barrel, Mini Uzi with stock extended is 23.6 inches versus 25.5 for a full size Uzi. And when the stock is folded, the Mini Uzi evaporates down to 14.4 inches long versus 17.9 for a its big brother.
Rate of fire was also increased to around 1200rpm, up from 600 on the bigger subgun. The Mini Uzi’s barrel got two small compensating vents at the tip to assist with controlling the weapon during full auto mode.
MINI UZI TODAY
Sadly, owning a full auto Mini Uzi is extremely unlikely for most of us, but the semi-auto carbine version is readily available, either new via clones such as Vector, or at a premium price pre-owned, built by IMI. The semi carbines ship with a 19.8″ barrel and fire from a closed bolt. Shorter barrels are available (where legal) via Green Mountain (www. gmriflebarrel.com) and other companies.
Our Mini Uzi was built by Vector (www.vectorarms. com) on a Group Industries receiver and a modified lower that has Hebrew markings. Vector recommends a 300 round count break-in, during which FTE and FTF can occur due to tight tolerances. Normal FMJ ammo is recommended, not HP, etc. Ours runs flawlessly and eats all types of FMJ ammo. Lets take a look at this unique and deadly little weapon.