IWI’s Compact Uzi Pro Pistol

IWI Uzi Pro PistolIt was 1985 when Chuck Norris, fresh from rescuing American POWs still held by the Viet Cong, returned to America only to have Florida invaded by terrorists in the middle of his much-needed vacation. I may be getting news reports mixed up with the film Invasion USA, but in either case the solution was two full-auto, 9mm Micro Uzis in a custom-made DeSantis shoulder harness. That was my first introduction to this miniscule Uzi, and I had to have one, or two, just in case.

The civilian version of the Micro Uzi was called the Uzi Pistol, and it was identical minus the folding stock and the full-auto capability. That original Uzi Pistol was produced from 1984 to 1993. In 2010 Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) introduced the latest version of the Micro Uzi, the Uzi Pro, for military and police units. Now the civilian version is finally available. Meet the Uzi Pro Pistol.

Uzi is a rarefied name among gun owners for good reason and because of its distinct history. At the time of the creation of Israel and the War for Independence in 1948, Jewish settlers and troops were armed with a hodgepodge of weaponry scavenged from the remains of war-torn European arsenals. Following the war, the need for a domestic arms industry became obvious. The resulting 9mm Uzi submachine gun was the brainchild of Major Uziel Gal, and the platform was first issued to the Israeli Defense Forces in 1954.

This stamped-sheet-metal, easy-to-produce, open-bolt 9mm submachine gun was durable, reliable and effective, as well as a battle-proven success in several subsequent altercations. It is also quite possibly the most popular and common submachine gun ever made. Of course, success breeds innovation as well, and soon special operations units were demanding something smaller, thus the Mini Uzi, and after that something even smaller, thus the Micro Uzi.

Today’s Uzi Pro Pistol is a closed-bolt, single-action, blowback-operated, 9mm semi-auto pistol made in Israel by IWI. The pistol also incorporates several design changes and improvements over the old Uzi Pistol. The Uzi Pro Pistol, a combination of steel, sheet metal and durable polymer, features a grip safety like original Uzis and comes with 20- and 25-round magazines.

Read the full article here: http://www.personaldefenseworld.com/2016/04/an-uzi-for-u-iwis-compact-uzi-pro-pistol/#iwi-uzi-pro-pistol-1

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