In this episode of TFBTV, the video maker shows us what makes the Uzi deserving of its reputation as a great gun.
The Uzi 9mm SMG was designed and put into operation in the 1950s. It was such a big hit that it made its way into military and police armories around the world. He mentions that the Uzi didn’t invent the telescope, but certainly popularized it. And its folding stock makes the Uzi extremely compact and easy to put in tight spaces.
He shows the different settings of the Uzi: S for “Safe”, R for “Repetition”, and A for “Auto,” and commends the ratcheting mechanism that makes the gun very drop-safe. There is also a setting for 100 meters and 200 meters. He also demonstrates how the folding stock is deployed by a simple slap and you collapse it by pinching it, pressing a button, and folding it back into the gun.
According to him, the best improvement you can make to an Uzi is ditching the metal stock because it causes some discomfort during action. The Uzi’s fixed stock is not like the fixed stock of the M16. You can tuck the Uzi under your shoulder and fire it one-handed if you have to.
He tests the gun’s accuracy and discovers that the gun’s open bolt nature makes it difficult to shoot long distance. Putting the gun on full auto makes everything easier and is a lot simpler than putting it on semi-auto. For the accuracy test, he is able to make 12/25 hits – pretty decent for a weapon primarily designed to be fired in full auto.
One of the major complaints about the Uzi is its low rate of fire that hovers around 600 to 650 rounds per minute, depending on what kind of ammo is used. He demonstrates how to easily accelerate the rate of fire and recommends using a rubber buffer to reduce the bolt travel.
He concludes that the Uzi really is a fantastic submachine even if it was phased out of military service in the 1980s. However, the Uzi is technically still in production with the Uzi Pro so a variant is still going reasonably strong for special ops, commandos, and the like.