Uzi Run and Gun (Full Auto)

The Israeli made Uzi submachinegun is perhaps one of the most famous SMGs of all time. Simple, easy to use, and portability allowed the proliferation of millions of units around the globe. In this episode of TFBTV, we take the famous UZI 9mm to the run and gun course to see how it will perform.

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Full transcript …

– Hey guys, It’s Alex C with TFBTV, and for today’s Run and Gun we’re going to be using an Uzi Submachine gun chambered in nine milimeter.

If you were born in the 70s or 80s, like I, then you probably saw this in just about every movie or TV show from the period.

They were designed and made in Israel by Uziel Gal, and realistically, they’re just a well-made submachine gun.

They’re somewhat crude relative to other, more modern designs, but that doesn’t mean that they’re not extremely effective.

The sights are pretty simple flip sights.

You’ve got 100 and 200 meter sights, you’re not gonna realistically successfully engage your target beyond that with a submachine gun.

But simplicity to me is what really sells me on these.

There’s one moving part, and that’s a giant reciprocating bolt, so taking them apart and maintaining them is extremely simple.

Other than that, they’re pretty straightforward, just a blowback nine milimeter submachine gun.

Soldier proof and served with distinction all across the globe.

So with the Run and Gun course, as usual with semi and fully automatic firearms, first we’re going to use three magazines loaded with ten rounds in each mag to allow for two mag changes, so we can pit it up against other guns we’ve used for this.

Let’s see how it performs.

All right guys, here we go with the Uzi nine milimeter Run and Gun.

I’ve gotta say, I don’t like doing this with open bolt submachine guns, just because of the nature of the beast, but maybe this one will be a little different.

Let’s give it a go.

(clicking) (gun fires) All right, let’s go talk about that a little bit.

Okay, so the Uzi is not my favorite submachine gun.

I’ve shot them a whole bunch, it was one of the first machine guns I ever owned, and actually one of the first ones I ever shot.

There’s several things I don’t like about it.

That’s gonna be, the stop is kinda crude.

If you’re ever out in the hot Texas sun and it’s 100 degrees out and you put your cheek on the metal, it basically leaves a nice Uzi-stock-shaped burn on the side of your face.

Other than that, whenever you’re firing in semiautomatic, of course the bolt going forward slams the gun off axis pretty good, which really is detrimental at 70 yards, 75 yards or so.

Other than that, it’s pretty standard.

Magazine changes are somewhat intuitive.

I wish they dropped free by pressing a button on the side of the pistol grip, but they don’t.

you actually have to pull the magazine out and throw a fresh one in.

And being as how they are open bolt, one of the most common malfunctions I’ve seen is when someone slams a magazine in, the bolt will actually go home, it’ll jump the sear, little things like if the top cover’s not just right, then you can actually run into that problem.

So just make sure that that doesn’t happen to you if you’re shooting an Uzi.

But other than that, the guns handle reasonably well.

They’re easy to maintain, which is actually probably my favorite part of these guns, but of course they do have a fun switch on ’em, so let’s see how that works in full home.

All right guys, here we go with the Uzi on full auto.

Hope this goes okay.

(clicking) (gun fires) You know what, all in all, that went pretty average for a full auto Run and Gun.

Let’s talk about it a little.

Okay so, on full auto, the Uzi is really…

I would say adequate.

Once you get spoiled by the MP Five, which, let’s get real, there’s a reason it’s so dominant, you really just can’t go back to an open bolt submachine gun and say, well that’s phenomenal.

If you watch Larry Vickers’ video on the Uzi which I’ll link to in the description, he says it’s an overrated submachine gun, and I actually have to agree with that.

They were prolific because they were cheap, easy to maintain, and at the time, somewhat innovative.

They didn’t invent the open bolt, or sorry, the telescoping bolt, but they certainly popularized it.

And they’re very compact.

There’s a lot of things I like and a lot of things I don’t like about the Uzi, and they are what they are.

They’re not an MP Five, but they are a reliable, good submachine gun that was cheap to produce and you can make a lot of them in a short amount of time.

Let’s finish up this video back in the room.

This Run and Gun kind of already confirmed what I knew about the Uzi, and that’s that it’s best used on full auto.

This would have been issued alongside guys with FNFALs and Galils later on and so on and so forth, and that really shows.

They’re not great on semi-auto, they have crude sights, they have a very heavy bolt that comes forward and throws the gun off axis and off target pretty well, but I will say, on full auto these really shine.

They’re very controllable and I can see that in the hands of a skirmish or something like that, or even a commando and suppressor, they would be a great asset to a team.

Anyways, big thanks to our sponsor Ventura Munitions.

They really help us out with the ammo costs on these Run and Guns.

Also big thanks to you, the viewer, for tuning in when we do these kind of things.

We hope to see you next time.

(gun fires)


Alex C.

Alex is a Senior Writer for The Firearm Blog and Director of TFBTV.


  • Ragazines.

    • Darkpr0

      Ruh Roh, Raggy!

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Oh to live in your world, Alex, where full auto’s of all shapes and sizes grow on trees.

  • mosinman

    Oozie Nein Millimiduh

    • st4

      Up next: run and gun for da Phased Plasma Rifle in da forty watt raange.

  • John

    One of the many things that remind me of the 80s: The Uzi, Denim Vests, and Tom Selleck’s mustache. Should have run it with all three xD

    • Vhyrus

      I think Tom Selleck is still using his.

    • UCSPanther

      The Ruger AC556 (The short barrelled folding stock version that is) is also as reminiscent of 1980s as well.

  • Cal.Bar

    Isn’t it more like run, stop and gun? How about a little more dynamic shooting there Alex. (lol)

    • Working on that. I have been gradually improving my range little by little, but now I have access to a skid steer to make some cool improvements.

      • Dave

        Uh, let’s keep it safe guys…

        BTW: Wood stock would be my preference.

        Oh. And in the Bundeswehr this would have been used by guys operating a Leopard MBT when the 120mm gun and coaxial armament was knocked out…. So, Uzi or M3A1?

  • Bill

    Comparing an Uzi to a MP5 is like comparing the preeminent sub gun of the 60s and 70s to the preeminent sub gun of the 80’s on. A ’66 Vette will have shortcomings compared to a ’16 Vette.

    The Swedish K might be a more apt comparison. An Uzi with a wooden stock is a whole different, less compact beast. You don’t get nearly the bolt thump, let alone funky bruises. And you didn’t try it one-handed with the stock folded, which is obligatory of every Uzi shooter, with rounds winding up in 3 zip codes.

  • UCSPanther

    I’d like to see an MP40 run and gun as well, if one hasn’t already been done.

  • Lance

    Next Alex has to do a Metric IMI FAL or a “.45 long slide with laser sighting”

  • Tassiebush

    I’d seen scope eyebrows and read of chipped teeth from stockless shotguns and garand/hakim/AG42 thumb but didn’t know about Uzi cheek. I wonder if there’s a secret subculture in shooting circles with members who wear such marks proudly like mensur sword scars?

    • ostiariusalpha

      Well, since all the examples you mentioned are due to either carelessness or stupidity, I kind of doubt how much pride could be earned through them. Some other specific injury types might be something like reciprocating charging handle thumb, bruising your finger from too much trigger slap, trigger pinch, levergun pinch, barrel/muzzle device branding, suppressor pink-eye, Kel-Tec KSG ejection knick, revolver gas cut/amputation, or a bullet-scar on your foot/calf/outer thigh on the same side as your holster. I suppose hammer-bite marks (or slide-bite from something like a PPK) might be worth showing off, and I’m always interested in hot brass kiss marks on ladies’ d√©colletage, but a simple callous on the trigger finger or shoulder might be the most legitimate badge of honor. Though the small pin-prick facial burns that flintlock shooters can get would be a pretty esoteric fraternity mark.

      • Tassiebush

        Haha that was a comprehensive expansion on the topic! Only extra thing I can think of is KSG hand or rather it’s absence.
        Love the flintlock example and I’m with you on the brass kiss.

  • Suppressed

    I bet you’d get better times through all these run-and-guns if you wore a pair of men’s shoes.

  • Jeremy

    Hey Alex, awesome video. Might be easier if you didn’t wear the roper riding boots next time. I know they’re the great state of Texas’ official state footwear, but tactical they ain’t.

  • Miguel Raton

    Thanks for the run & gun, that was fun! Not going to get into any invidious comparisons with other submachineguns, because the UZI was designed in the ’50s for a very specific performance requirement [paratroopers] and anything produced later pretty much owes part of its design to experience gained from using the UZI.

    Too bad we can’t get new ones any more, but that’s something that will require a real patriot in the White House to fix…