IMI Uzi (Standard) [Submachine Gun]:

The Uzi is one of the best know submachinegun ever manufactured and it is the weapon most thought of when the term "Submachinegun" is used. The Uzi was first introduced in 1951 in its basic form. The weapon was originally manufactured for the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) and was designed to be simple and relatively inexpensive to manufacture. The weapon uses a large amount of stamped steel in its production and employed wider tolerances than many other designs due to the desert climate the weapon was designed to operate in. The Uzi utilized a wrap-around bolt and blowback action, which reduces the overall weapon size to achieve compactness. This type of bolt is common today, but was innovative back in the 1950ís. The UZI had other advantages over many other submachinegun design of the time. Unlike most submachine guns, it was almost impossible to accidentally misfire if mishandled or dropped, due to a substantial safety release on the back of the pistol grip that must be squeezed as the trigger is pulled in order to fire. This is a similar feature to that on the M1911A1 Pistol. The Uzi also had a small number of parts, making it easy to strip and reassemble. The limited recoil and climb even enabled it to be fired one-handed. The submachinegun was initially available with a 30 round magazine but 25 round and 32 round magazines were later introduced as well.

The design included many modifications including the replacement of the original wooden stock with a folding metal stock during the late 1960's. Also in the late 1960's, The weapon was licensed to be produced by FN, the renowned Belgian weapons company.

The UZI and its variants have been in service in at least 26 countries, and have been produced by seven manufacturers around the world. Until the United States ban on fully automatic weapons in 1986, they were produced by Group Industries in the United States. Although replaced in military front-line service in most nations by more powerful carbines, the UZI remains in use by the police and soldiers in non-combat roles in many nations.

The weapon is very expensive to purchase in the United States due to the weapons many but can be purchased in other nations for a fraction of the cost. Civilain Semi-Automatic versions without many of the features and non folding stocks are available at a fraction of the cost of a fully automatic in the United States.

Weight: 7.7 lbs (3.5 kg) empty
Caliber:9 mm Parabellum
Barrel Length:10.2 inches (26 cm)
Full Length:18.5 inches (47 cm) with stock folded, 25.75 inches (65.4 cm) with stock extended.
Action:Single Action / Fully Automatic
Mode of Fire:Blowback
Rate of Fire:Approx 600 Rounds per minute
Range:250 ft (76.2 m)
Magazine: 25, 30, 32 round magazines
Cost: $ 3295.00 (Fully Automatic in United states)
Made in:Isreal
Special: Good quality and workmanship, good for a variety of different environments and quaily of amunitition. Low recoil and can be used in one hand. Foldable shoulder stock.

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