11 facts about the legendary Uzi submachine gun

The Uzi is hands down the most famous submachine gun of all time. Besides the AK-47, it is one of history’s most recognizable firearms. It has been exported to over 90 countries around the world and used by military, law enforcement, criminals and Hollywood films.

Here are 11 things you probably didn’t know about the Uzi:

1. The Uzi was developed by Israeli Cpt. Uziel Gal (1924-2002) for an international competition to design a new submachine gun during the 1940s. Gal did not want the weapon to be named after him, but his request was ignored.

Uziel Gal

Uziel Gal. Image: Imgur

2. The first prototypes appeared in 1950.

uzi wooden stock


3. The first mass-produced Uzi fired 600 rounds per minute and used a 9mm caliber bullet.

9mm Parabellum rounds. Image: Wikimedia

9mm Parabellum rounds. Image: Wikimedia

4. The IDF adopted the Uzi three years after the nation of Israel was created.

Israeli paratroopers armed with Uzis

Israeli paratroopers armed with Uzis. Image: Wikimedia

5. The Uzi is highly reliable and surprisingly accurate when used appropriately (short bursts).

uzi accuracy

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6. The original Uzi was made with a wooden stock.

Uzi 1956

An Uzi-armed Israeli on guard duty in the Negev in 1965. Image: Wikimedia

7. During the 1960s, the folding metal stock replaced the wooden stock.


Uzi, stock extended. Image: Wikimedia

8. The original manufacturer of the Uzi was Israel Military Industries (IMI) Ltd. In 2005, the Israeli government privatized the small arms division and christened the new company Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) Ltd.

Image: Israel Military Industries

Image: Israel Military Industries

9. IMI made 3 Uzi variants:


•Mini Uzi

•Micro Uzi


10. With over 2 million sold, almost every law enforcement agency or military has adopted it at some point. Here’s one in action during 1981’s assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan.

President Reagan assissination attempt

President Reagan assassination attempt. Image: Wikimedia

11. The newest generation of the submachine gun is the Uzi Pro.


Image: Israel Weapon Industries


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