Talk:Uzi

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The Bolt[edit]

"the bolt wraps around the barrel, allowing a heavier, slower-firing bolt in a shorter, better-balanced weapon"

Shorter and better-balanced, sure, but shouldn't that be "lighter, quicker-firing bolt", precisely because it does not contain nearly as much metal as, say, the 9mm Sterling SMG used by British forces until the late 1980's?

The telescoping bolt allows for a heavier bolt than a non-telescoping bolt would in a weapon of the same given length. The design goal in small full-auto weapons such as this is usually to keep the cyclic rate down as much as possible, not increase it. Riddley 23:20, 28 September 2006 (UTC)

I have seen the bolt described as "telescoping" in a lot of literature, but it actually does not "telescope" in the sense like the Portuguese FPB or German MP38/40 series. Just the chamber end of the bolt and thus the bolt face is located roughly in the center of the bolt instead of the very front. This places a lot of the weight of the bolt over and in front of the chamber at the moment of firing and is one of the contributing factors to the low recoil vs the size of the Uzi. The sheer weight of the bolt often absorbs the majority of the recoil impulse before the bolt impacts on the buffer, which is one of the reasons the Uzis have lasted so long in service in various African countries. Very few of the metal parts are under enough stress to cause wear in ways that will greatly reduce performance or stop the weapon from functioning. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 71.193.222.193 (talk) 18:41, 2 October 2012 (UTC)

Sten gun?[edit]

I have read that the Uzi was the result of looking for an improved Sten gun. The sten gun might be worth mentioning as inspiration for the Uzi are similar.Geo8rge (talk) 01:29, 3 September 2008 (UTC)

The Uzi was inspired more by the Czech VZ-23 series guns (CZ Model 25) than anything else. The Design has no Sten heritage and isn't similiar in a design concept sense. Its layout is similar to the Vz-23 but the design details were all completely different. Georgewilliamherbert (talk) 01:47, 3 September 2008 (UTC)

Stens were commonly available to the early IDF and used extensively by the various Hebrew guerrilla groups in British Palestine. Some of the Sten guns were purchased from corrupt and or sympathetic sources within the British forces, obtained on the relatively open black markets of post WW2 Europe and the Middle East, and then strongly rumored to have been manufactured locally by clandestine workshops that had originally been set up to support the predecessors to the IDF. The Sten was effectively Israel's first government issued military submachinegun and finding a replacement was a fairly high priority for the early nation-state of Israel. A big part of the reason for the development of locally produced small arms rather than the simple purchase of more WW2 surplus weapons was to assert the national identity of Israel with a "signature weapon". Submachineguns are traditionally the easiest of military small arms to produce under circumstances where machine shop resources are limited. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 71.193.222.193 (talk) 18:32, 1 August 2012 (UTC)

UZI in SAS service[edit]

I believe the UZI was evaluated and used by the SAS in the early-mid 70s. Does anyone have a source to verify that? Then it can be added to users. Irondome (talk) 07:02, 2 November 2012 (UTC)

UZI in Iraq[edit]

Parts of the Iraqi military and security services use the polish made PM-98, the PM-98 looks quite similar to the UZI and for the non-expert or non-trained eye could be mistaken for an UZI. Iraqi military and security do not use UZI. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Superammar (talkcontribs) 12:34, 6 February 2013 (UTC)

Uzi in current use with USAF?[edit]

Does anyone know why the Uzi is listed as being currently in use with the United States Air Force? Grizzly chipmunk (talk) 20:30, 2 April 2014 (UTC)