Uzi SMG Field Strip

The famous Uzi submachinegun is a brilliantly simple firearm that is straight blowback and fires from an open bolt. While it was not the first firearm to feature a telescoping bolt, it certainly took the concept and ran with it. The Uzi was an international sales success, and if you grew up in the 80s then you certainly remember seeing all the action heroes running around with one in their hands.
So what makes the Uzi tick?

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  • TheNotoriousIUD

    I had an Uzi once but it ran out of bullets so I tossed it aside then I whipped out my M-60.

    • Nicks87

      What else are you going to do when the situation calls for 80s action movie cheesiness. Don’t forget the magnum revolver with no recoil and the sawed off shotgun that, when shot from the hip, is amazingly accurate.

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        I find the shortie shottie to be most accurate when fired pistol style from a motorcycle. Took down a helicopter that way once.

        • mosinman

          i personally prefer my cut down Winchester 1887 shotgun when shooting from a motorcycle

          • mechamaster

            And flip cocked it single-handle on the vehicular chase-situation.

        • Mazryonh

          A guy by the name of James B. took down a helicopter with nothing more than a Walther PPK. It’ll be hard to top that one.

          • iksnilol

            Wore a suit? Had a thing for martinis?

            I think I saw him once.

          • Tassiebush

            I wouldn’t be surprised. There are heaps of documentaries about his exploits.

          • iksnilol

            I liked the marine biology section.

          • Tassiebush

            haha yes and i must say he was very clever blending in so well during his stay in Japan. no-one would have ever guessed it was him. I was very impressed to see the capabilities of the gyrocopter too!

          • Mazryonh

            There was another guy by the name of Riley H. who studied under the John W. school of pistol shooting and also took out a helicopter (though with a magnum revolver), but unlike James B.’s method, Riley had someone else trick the helicopter into hovering, then took out the pilot by shooting through the cockpit’s glass panels at the bottom. A bit more workable, I’d say.

    • st4

      “Remember, Sully when I promised to kill you last? ….I lied.”

    • Mazryonh

      Does your M60 have the ability to make its ammo belt grow longer when no one’s looking? John Matrix’s did.

  • Wolfgar

    They are surprisingly accurate, and are very compact to carry. One of my favorites. It is possible to increase the cyclic rate by manipulation of the recoil spring and a piece of plastic.

    • I usually just put a big piece of delrin behind the bolt.

      • Wolfgar

        I have also used pieces of thick semi truck mud flap lol. I would also love to see a comparison of a 9mm MAC-10 and Mini Uzi if it would be possible.

  • st4

    Is the grip safety as annoying to manipulate as Larry Vickers suggested in his Uzi video? I did notice a few threads online of Uzi owners putting on rubber grip wraps on or doing other hacks to alleviate said issue.

    There is an unfired Uzi carbine in my family but I’ve yet to inherit it, otherwise I’d see for myself.

    • milesfortis

      I wouldn’t advise deactivating the grip safety as it is a positive sear block. Open bolt SMGs are not forgiving of improper handling techniques and Mr. Gal did his best to help shooters from becoming shootees.

    • Yes, it is. I have average-sized hands, and it’s real uncomfortable to hold. It is probably less of a necessity on the closed-bolt semi-autos.

  • Kelly Jackson

    I want two, one for each hand

    • milesfortis

      Not the full size then.
      For the full ‘Norris Effect’ they must be Micros.

    • Mazryonh

      You can do better. Try an MP5K in each hand and draw them from a trenchcoat while wearing shades.

  • miki

    build under sige, boycots, british occupation and war the history of the uzi is much more impressive than the gun. for israel the uzi is like the long-rifle for the americans.
    build in the 50’s it was the best israel could get the hands on.
    9mm bulets were available and the uzi was
    the top product israel was
    able to build
    then.

    i prefere the long rifle, can’t get uzi’s legal in germay.

  • Simcha M.

    As an American-Israeli, my chest swells with pride whenever I see an Israeli weapon featured on this and other Websites.

    It’s been nearly two-thousand years since we had sovereignty and now we’re not only only building world-class guns, but we are also building hi-tech used in nearly every electronic gadget and soon cures for cancer and other diseases that rob us of our loved-ones way too early.

    • miki

      i am an IDF veteran, no reason to be proud of the UZI.
      if the IDF can get a beter tool, they do not care about pride.
      pride can make you blind and israel has other problems
      then pride in a weapon. be proud of soda-stream! 😉

      rak be smachot Simcha M.

    • Kelly Jackson

      Then I’m sure you know that the IDF beat back those smelly arabs with the FN FAL not the Uzi during the 6 day war

      • Simcha M.

        Uzi, Romat (FN-FAL) and even the Roveh Chechi (K98) all saw plenty of front-line service in the Six-Day War.

    • Mikial

      @Simcha M.

      I love Israeli guns. I have two Desert Eagles and a Jericho 9mm. That Jericho is the sweetest shooting and most accurate handgun I have ever shot. It’s nothing to put a couple of 16 round mags all in the 10 ring at 15 yards. It was an Israeli police trade-in and it’s old enough to be marked IMI instead of IWI, but still ticks like a clock.

      Stand with Israel!

      • Simcha M.

        Thank you, Mikial! Happy and safe shooting to you in the years to come.

  • Mazryonh

    Will this blog be doing an expose on why the Uzi lost out to the MP5 for the title of “world’s most popular SMG”? Could the Uzi SMG have taken the MP5’s place had things been a little different?

    • No. The uzi is a great gun and was optimized for ease of maintenance, training, and mass production but remember that open both submachineguns or rendered obsolete when closed bolt stuff got popular, cost effective, and reliable.

      • Mazryonh

        Weren’t closed-bolt versions of Uzi SMGs made eventually? Were those easier to control in semi-automatic than the original open-bolt version?

        I would still like this blog to show a side-by-side video of the MP5 and Uzi SMGs showing how the MP5 improved upon the Uzi’s flaws.

    • Wolfgar

      As much as I love the UZI, the HK MP5 is still king. I have personally never shot any SMG that even comes close to the accuracy and control-ability as the MP5.

    • John

      I was told the MP5 controls better than an Uzi. Control means accuracy. Accuracy means killing the person you’re aiming at.

    • No. The Uzi weighs a ton, it doesn’t have LRBHO, it’s open-bolt, and it has some surprisingly dumb ergonomic choices (ie, the width of the grip, the grip safety, the stock design, etc.). The MP5 pretty much owns it in every way. (I say this as a guy who loves his Vector Uzi SBR.)

      The Uzi Pro, on the other hand, at least gives the MP5K some competition. If IWI had gone whole hog and used Glock mags for it, I think it would have been a very popular choice.

      • Mazryonh

        The Uzi’s retractable stock could have been changed and refitted with something more ergonomic; I suppose the version that shipped was because it was a “wartime production” weapon, kind of like the British Sten SMG. The grip dimensions are because the magazine loads from the pistol grip, which actually allow for a more compact weapon without sacrificing barrel length, so that’s less fixable.

        But I don’t think the MP5 series has LRBHO either. And as for the Uzi Pro, unless it has a stock and foregrip to turn it into a modernized Micro Uzi, who’s going to use it over a Glock 18C?

        • The military version of the Uzi Pro does indeed have a folding stock and a folding VFG. It is, as you said, a modernized Micro Uzi.

          • Mazryonh

            Whoops, forgot about the military version. But with such a short barrel length it’s more or less a machine pistol with 4 points of contact, and that VFG is pretty stubby.

  • Mikial

    A friend of mine had a selective fire Uzi. We used to go hunting rabbits with it in the hills in Utah. We didn’t hit many rabbits, but it sure was a LOT of fun!

  • Michael R. Zupcak

    Great video. Brevity is the soul of wit.

  • Uniform223

    1980’s movie Delta Force… Chuck Norris

    http://www.doblu.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/deltaforce13039.jpg

    rocking the beard before it was cool to “operate”

    • Nicks87

      It’s always been cool to operate, just more people are doing it now.

  • MrEllis

    You beat me to it, I was gonna do the “Phased plasma rifle in the 40 watt range,” quote! Well done.