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. Image: Imgur
2. The first prototypes appeared in 1950.
3. The first mass-produced Uzi fired 600 rounds per minute and used a 9mm caliber bullet.
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. Image: Wikimedia
5. The Uzi is highly reliable and surprisingly accurate when used appropriately (short bursts).
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6. The original Uzi was made with a wooden stock.
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
9. IMI made 3 Uzi variants:
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 assassination attempt. Image: Wikimedia
11. The newest generation of the submachine gun is the Uzi Pro.
Image: Israel Weapon Industries
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