Umarex / IWI UZI .22 LR Rifle and Pistol

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Umarex USA are importing .22 pistols and rifles patterned on the famous UZI machine gun. The guns are manufactured by Carl Walther in Germany but are branded IWI (the official UZI manufacturer). There are two models. The rifle model modeled after the UZI carbine and includes a folding stock and faux suppressor. The pistol model is modeled after the Micro UZI machine pistol.

UZI Pistol
UZI Rifle
UZI Rifle

Both models include 20-round .22 LR magazines.

UZI Pistol

Pricing has not yet been finalized. They expect that the UZI pistol will retail for around $480 and the rifle will be about $645.

I am looking forward to trying these guns. They look a lot of fun.


Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


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  • conrack

    Twenty Tuzi ?

    • Guy

      You made my day

  • Samopal

    If it wasn’t a Walther I’d get a Micro Uzi pistol for my girlfriend, she loves Uzis. Sadly, their track record in the field of rimfire pistols doesn’t inspire confidence.

    • Matt G.

      I assume you are talking about the p22 which isn’t made by walther.

      • Samopal

        Yes I’m referring to the P22, which is made by Umarex just like these Uzis…as well as Colt’s newer .22 LR series and a few other crappy branded .22s.

      • Matt G.

        Read the article, man. These are made by walther in Germany and IMPORTED by Umarex.

      • Samopal

        Umarex OWNS Walther. They make the P22 (and these Uzis) in their Umarex plant and brand them however they like, kind of like how FN makes Hi-Powers and then brands them “Browning” since they own the Browning name.

        Umarex is the manufacturer, Umarex USA is the importer, and Walther (or IWI in this case) is the brand it’s being sold under.

    • Samopal

      Also, forgot to mention, Umarex is a manufacturer in Germany that’s separate from Umarex USA, which is an American importer.

  • 032125

    Without full auto, this is just an extremely overweight pistol. I do not understand the appeal, beyond the Miami Vice nostalgia factor.

  • Brian P.

    I normally don’t care for .22’s, but a micro-uzi pistol with a 20-round magazine? Hell yeah!

  • Lance

    Same as a GSG 5 kind of a waste since they coast way more than a Ruger 10/22. Wish they make a real 9mm version.

  • Pete Sheppard

    The rifle looks like it should be a fun little gun; presuming reliability and accuracy, of course. Hopefully, it won’t be picky about ammo.

  • Brian

    Is there any word on the materials used? I’m wondering if they’re steel/aluminum or the zinc alloy used in the Walther pistols.

  • D

    I’m really not a fan of the “let’s make cool-looking high-priced .22 replicas of real guns!” movement in the industry. I mean really, aside from being an interesting conversation piece and a plinker, what good is a .22 micro uzi or .22 uzi carbine? If all someone wants is a plinker, go buy a regular rifle or pistol; it’s cheaper, probably more reliable, and very likely easier to get parts for.

    Also the next time i see absolutely anything in .22 labeled “tactical”, i fear i may lose my mind.

    • bbmg

      I think the humble 22LR has its place in a “tactical” environment.

      Exhibit A – the SV-99 “sniper” rifle: http://izhevsk.club.guns.ru/eng/sv99.html

      Those nutty Russians field this because at urban ranges it is an effective enough round, because “If a target is closer than 100 meters, You don’t have to defeat a ballistic jacket. An exposed neck, face or head is just enough!” – and fitted with an adequate suppressor the noise will go unnoticed.

      Exhibit B – The MGV-176 submachinegun: http://world.guns.ru/smg/yu/mgv-176-e.html

      Like the American 180 on which it is based, this spits out 22LR at a tremendous rate which more than compensates for the individual round’s relatively low muzzle energy. It’s the equivalent of a “buckshot hose” if you will, just the ticket for CQB.

      • El Freddio

        The SV-99 is used mainly for lights and dogs. It can kill a person, but the Russian’s probably use the SV-98 or something else for anti-personal. Also, having the SV-98, would allow the operative to take a body shot, if they needed to.
        The MVG-176 wouldn’t be so good as in Military CQB, as if an enemy has armour, you’re not gonna get through it before they get a shot you (granted, in A-stan and Iraq that isn’t a big deal) but if you do have to engage hostiles at a longer range, you might be in a bit of trouble. In Police CQB, accuracy is a must, and going full auto would be a bad idea with the MVG-176 as it would be hard to get short bursts, even if the recoil was second to none. Also, the pan magazine wouldn’t be ideal for going through doorways. It could work, that’s for sure, but there are better options in my opinion. Plus, I doubt that much ammo would be needed (but it would be nice :D)
        (PS, not trying to say you’re wrong in anyway, just my $0.02)

      • bbmg

        I agree in the send that even a UK legal limit 12 ft/lb air rifle is capable of being lethal, of course this doesn’t mean its the right tool for the job. 22LR remains “marginal” against a human target and for a concealed urban sniper, the Russians have lots of 9x39mm subsonic rifles are doubtless a better tool for the job unless absolute stealth is required.

        As for the MGV-176, it would be interesting to see how it performs against armour. The American 180 offered the “jackhammer effect” which supposedly caused body armour to fail through concentrated fire, certainly repeated hits in rapid succession are capable of chewing through targets that would resist a single round. This effect is of course diminshed at longer ranges as group size increases.

        Over distance, it would again have to be compared to a shotgun with buckshot as opposed to an assault rifle. It can certainly be argued though that a high volume of small calibre fire can be more effective in many situations than low volume large calibre fire. It might not go through armour, or even most urban cover, but there are certainly enough rounds in the air to ensure a high probability that one of them will hit a vital unarmoured spot.

        Not a new idea either – William DeLisle, designer of the notorious suppressed carbine that bears his name, proposed a 22LR machinegun for jungle warfare back in 1943: http://www.scribd.com/doc/41365896/Death-Delivering-DeLisle (last paragraph of page 31)

        For the AR lovers:

        http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2007/11/06/am15-full-auto-22lr-m16-upper-receiver-with-220-round-drum/

        :D

      • El Freddio

        I dunno about spraying and hoping to hit a non-armoured part. Still, that De Lisle idea has given me this image of a patrol or base guards in the jungle trying to find the guy who just mowed down part of a squad with his supressed auto .22. Yep, Armchair Commander as all hell, but that’s what I am :P.

      • John D

        Also, it just so happens that .22lr pistols are the weapon of choice for most assassins. Never underestimate the lethality of the .22lr. It will kill you.

  • W

    haha these new 22 replica guns are awesome. They are certainly good for ppl that want a gun that look like a particular favorite of theirs, without paying a extravagant price (like the HK 416, SCAR, and AR15 for example).

    • derekb

      Now let’s be honest, you can get an AR-15 in this price range.

      • W

        oh ya? show me…because im pretty sure its damned hard finding a 5.56 AR15 for 400-500 bucks.

      • David/Sharpie

        The benefit is cost savings of ammo, not the gun itself, like buying a replica airsoft for training ($15 for 3000 rounds) the guns are high up, ammo is lower than dirt cheap

      • John D

        I doubt that very seriously. But, so what if you could?

  • West

    Who is the intended market for these .22 replicas?
    People with way too much disposable income im guessing.

    Whatever yanks your crank but I just dont get it.
    Now if it was F/A with a 50 rd mag then we would be talking.

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/ Steve (The Firearm Blog)

      They are plinkers. Just designed for fun at the range. Real UZIs are expensive.

      Their serious purpose would be as a practice for UZI owners. UZIs are quite popular with machine gun competitors.

      • buster Charlie

        The problem I see is the “rifle” version is not much cheaper than the Century 9mm Rifle.

  • erwos

    Let’s see… $645 for a shoddy imitation of an Uzi, or $815 for a Vector?

    I understand that 22lr is cheaper to shoot, but it makes me die a little inside when I think about how many people are going to jump on this.

  • Scott

    My S&W MP15-22 is the most fun gun to shoot I’ve owned. I can’t speak to this particular uzi replica, but I can’t dismiss replicas in general because they can be fun as hell.

  • RedFalconBill

    I see that Umarex is continuing to devastate the Walther brand they bought but leveraging its name with their interpretations of firearms.

  • RickH

    I was also never a fan of the semi only 9mm Uzi’s. The true submachinegun is an awesome weapon for it’s intended purpose. As a semi-auto they were overweight and and uncomfortable to shoot, this .22 version will be even more so…in my opinion.

  • SKSlover

    if they made a mini uzi, with side folding stock, and removeable barrel, i’d look into getting one.

  • jamieb

    You can buy a like new norinco 9mm uzi for $695. You can get a legit like new iwi/imi uzi for $1100.

    This is a umarex, so its all potmetal right? Pass.

    I think masterpiece arms makes a mac10 22 lr. Its all steel.

    • Paul

      Umarex guns are junk . . All 3 of my local gun stores stopped stocking Umarex guns . So you are dead right .

    • John D

      Wrong. Not pot metal. Stamped steel.

  • Rangefinder

    I think this is a good business model. People enjoy toys for a time, then look for another toy to satisfy. Nothing like repeat business. How many battle rifles or CCW’s does one person need? Toys…no limit.

    • John D

      Great point. The only 2 battle rifles I ever really wanted is the M1 Garand and an M14 like I carried in Nam (the M14 not the M1) . Something to be said for nostalgia.

  • John Doe

    I think a fully automatic .22 would be really neat. On a larger Uzi carbine, fully automatic with a .22 should have barely any recoil.

  • J.T.

    Those rifles are going to have to be under $500 street price if they want to compete.

  • Chuck

    Day at the range with a Vector carbine, $150. Day at the range with a .22 Uzi carbine $20. These are for folks that don’t want to fiddle with .22lr conversion kits.

  • RickOB

    If you have to ask what purpose these serve, then they aren’t for you!

  • http://best22pistols.com Best 22 Pistols

    Beautiful. I’ve got a couple thousand rounds of 22lr lying around, I may have to grab one of these for an excuse to shoot it.

    I’ll wait on some reviews though, never been a big fan of Umarex.

  • http://www.firearmsfred.com John Rau

    Great! I like UZI submachine guns. It can be fired from open bolt!

  • mehreen

    awsomeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee <3

  • Kato

    Does anyone know the date that the tacticool is going on sale and if so where would be the best place to order one from.

  • halfway

    Might sound stupid but being an 80s kid, I got to see this gun in all the action flicks and always wanted one. Being in Cali, kind of hard to get some of the “cooler” stuff here but I do love shooting .22s and this is right up my alley.

    • John D

      You would love my .22lr STG 44. It has the look, heft and feel of the real thing and shoots any 22 round I put in it.

  • George

    As an official of a southern UK (British) shooting club, can I just say how lucky you all are being able to shoot full bore automatic and semi automatic pistols and rifles which are banned here in our country. We will be only able to shoot the Uzi long barelled version, as it conforms to current UK rifle .22 regulations.
    In our club. there is anticipation that this Uzi .22 will spark great interest as have previous rifle MP5, M4 and AK47 versions.
    Despite any shortcomings it may have, we will be grateful to shoot it no matter what the financial cost.
    We will endeavour to make as much use of it as we can and keep our sport going over here.

    My regards to all my fellow shooters across the pond.

  • kato

    where can I get parts for the.22uzi pistol(umarex).

  • Brett

    I agree with most of the posts buty would like to add some of us on a limited budget can use these .22 lr look slikes

  • http://schwarmenius.wordpress.com/ Schwarmenius

    So they’re designed in Israel by descendants of Jewish refugees, manufactured in Germany by a company that made pistols for Nazi officers, spies, and leaders, all to be imported for the American civilian populace . . .

    To think how much people would laugh at such an absurdity had they been told this 72 years ago . . .

    • Jewsus Krishna

      Perhaps you’d rather live in the past forever?

      • http://schwarmenius.wordpress.com/ Schwarmenius

        Not saying it in a negative sense, I think it’s fantastic. I just find it mindboggling how much politics can dramatically shift over a mere generation or two.

    • John D

      I know what you are saying, but so what? My father was with Patton in WW2 and went into Germany as a gunner in an M4 Sherman. He now drives a MB 500se and loves it.

  • kevbo

    lot of gum flapping from dissenters that have never fired or let alone handled one of these or read any of the specs,i myself love feeling the percussion and recoil of higher power but to have fun at a low low cost YOU CANNOT BEAT IT PERIOD!these weapons are not made of pot metal as one knukhead had put it the thing weights dang near 5 lbs. puts out the whole mag faster than you can type b-a-n-g grouping is awesome also and pistol is not for and weak armed sissys,I personally had my doughts to until range time,paid $419 plus tax ,sig 522 is your pot metal plastic let down I HAVE BOTH, so give it a try guys…….and gals and have fun

    • Kenny Wallace

      I bought one from cabellas for 499 I had it for 3 months when I was shooting my 9mm resting my forearms on the bench and the UZI vibrated off the bench. It fell almost 3′ and the cheap plastic grip cracked along the steel housing. The grip holds the whole trigger mechanism and grip safety. the huge crack rendered the gun useless. The gun is made of stamped steel the sights are terrible and the grip was supposed to be kevlar. It souldnt have broken that easily if it were quailty made kevlar. This should never happen. I was worried the slight fall would make a blemmish but it ruined the gun. i wish i would have bought something different. there are lots of quality .22 high capacity plinkers out there for less money. i could have bought a glock and put a .22 conversion kit on it for not verry much more. After I finally locate the elusive grip (for the uzi which aparantly has no replacement parts) I will sell the poorly made gun!!

  • Bob B.

    Does anyone know if holsters are available for this pistol. A shoulder holster is my first choice, but any holster would be great. Thank you.

  • Jamestown 1619

    This is a very accurate and reliable pistol. The small caliber combined with the weight improves accuracy. My wife chose a Ruger LCR 22 ( 14 oz) for her CC with crimson trace but loves to shoot this gun (4 lbs). Within 2 days of buying mine I bought one for my son. Personally I think it could be the ultimate home defense weapon. Better to have 20 small shots well placed than 6 or 10 going all over the place.

  • John D

    Slight correction, Steve. It’s my understanding that this is actually made by unimex (sp)

  • paulino p. cando

    how can i buy Uzi pistol? how much the uzi pistol?

  • paulino p. cando

    where can i buy Uzi pistol here in phil? do you have dealer here in phil? i want to buy rifle and pistol Uzi.

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