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Monday, November 9, 2009


Production history
Designer Uziel Gal
Designed 1948
Manufacturer Israel Military Industries, FN Herstal, Norinco, Lyttleton Engineering Works (under Vektor Arms), RH-ALAN, Ka Pa Sa State Factories
Produced 1950-present
Weight 3.5 kg (7.72 lb)
Length 650 mm (25.6 in) stock extended, 470 mm (18.5 in) stock collapsed
Barrel length 260 mm (10.2 in)
Cartridge 9x19mm Parabellum, .22 LR, .45 ACP, .41 AE
Action Blowback
Rate of fire 600 rounds/min
Muzzle velocity ~400 m/s (1,312 ft/s)
Effective range 120 metres
Maximum range 200 m.
Feed system 10 (.22 and .41 AE), 16 (.45 ACP) 20, 32, 40 and 50-round box magazines
Sights Iron sights
The first Uzi submachine gun was designed by Major Uziel Gal in the late 1940s. The prototype was finished in 1950; first introduced to IDF special forces in 1954, the weapon was placed into general issue two years later. The Uzi has found use as a personal defense weapon by rear-echelon troops, officers, artillery troops and tankers, as well as a frontline weapon by elite light infantry assault forces.
Over its service lifetime, the Uzi was manufactured by Israel Military Industries, FN Herstal, and other manufacturers.

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