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.

    Larry Vicker’s Uzi Video:

    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.