IMI Mini Uzi



Overview


IMI Mini Uzi

Right side view of Mini Uzi sub machine gun with stock in folded position.

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Origin
Israel
Type
Sub machine gun
Entered service
1980
Status
In service
Development
Mid to late 1970's
Developer
Israel - Israel Military Industies
Production
1980 - 2000's?
Producer
Israel - Israel Military Industies

Description


Introduction

The Mini Uzi is a late Cold War era sub machine gun of Israeli origin. It was developed as a smaller sub machine gun that is better suited for urban use than its predecessor. The low rate of fire, weight and size of the original Uzi made it effective in the field, but less suitable for room clearing. The Mini Uzi was developed to cater special units, while the regular militaries slowly moved away from sub machine guns in favor of intermediate caliber assault rifles.

Design

The Mini Uzi is very similar to the original Uzi, but smaller. It still is a blowback operating firearm with a telescoping bolt that wraps around the barrel. The complex and heavy metal stock is replaced with a simler side folding one. The Mini Uzi is the only variant of the Uzi that comes in either open or closed bolt model. The closed bolt model is most common.

Firepower

The Mini Uzi fires the 9x19mm Parabellum from a 25 round magazine. 20 and 32 round magazines can be used as well. The cyclic rate is much higher than is predecessor. Depending on the closed or open bolt model it is 1.100 or 950 rpm. The effective range is slightly shorter than the larger Uzi, and the sights go up to a range of 150 meters.

Users

The Mini Uzi has been acquired by Israel and various other nations. Mostly in South America and Asia. Unlike the full size Uzi it wasn't adopted in large numbers as a general issue firearm. The Mini Uzi was mostly acquired for law enforcement, VIP protection and special forces use.

Details


Facts Mini Uzi (closed bolt) Mini Uzi (open bolt)
General
Origin
Israel
Type
Sub machine gun
Caliber
Caliber
9x19mm Parabellum
Magazine
25 round detachable box
20 and 32 round also available
Barrel length
197 mm
Rifling
4 grooves, 254 mm right hand twist
Muzzle velocity
380 m/s
Operation
Action
Blowback, closed bolt
Fire selector
0 - 1 - F
Rate of fire
1.100 rpm
Dimensions
Stock type
Side folding
Length
588 mm stock extended
360 mm stock folded
Weight
2.65 kg empty
Sights
Type
Iron sights, post front and flip aperture rear
50 and 150 m gradations
Sight radius
233 mm

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