Uzi for the 21st Century
The Uzi Pro Tricked Out (Best of Israel & the US)
Note & Highlights by Col Michael C. Howard US Marines (Ret)
This past article by Jorge Amselle is my favorite on the Uzi Pro. It is a solid review on an outstanding weapon. I’ve taken the respectful liberty to include a few POC recommendations on how, where, & with whom to get the most out of this beauty that is meant to be a carbine. And with some innovative USA “Can Do” you can!
“An Uzi For U: Israel Weapon Industry (IWI) Compact Uzi Pro Pistol”
IWI's Uzi Pro Pistol brings iconic spec-ops style to your home-defense arsenal.
by Jorge Amselle
It 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.
Born From Battle
Uzi is a rarefied name among gun owners for good reason because of its distinct history. At the time of the creation of Israel and her 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 1950 brainchild of Major Uziel Gal, and the platform was first issued to the Israeli Defense Forces in 1954.
This easy-to-produce, open-bolt 9mm submachine gun was simple, durable, reliable and effective. Women loved it too. It is also undoubtedly the most popular submachine gun ever made. Success breeds innovation, and soon special operations units were asking for something smaller. Thus the Mini Uzi, and after that something even smaller, the Micro Uzi.
The Uzi Pro Pistol, a combination of steel, sheet metal and durable polymer, features a grip safety like original Uzis and comes with 25-round magazines.
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 Uzis.
The lower receiver is now made from polymer to reduce the weight and increase durability, corrosion resistance and strength. It extends the full length of the upper receiver. There are nearly 2.5 inches of Picatinny rail attached to the lower receiver just in front of the trigger guard for easy installation of tactical light and laser systems. This rail section extends underneath the barrel.
The grip had been redesigned with a much more ergonomic and less boxy appearance. The magazine well is also flared for easier and faster mag changes.
Another more American (and less European) change is the placement of the magazine release at the rear of the trigger-guard.
There are three separate safeties on the Uzi Pro. The grip safety located at the rear of the grip. The manual safety located above the grip area near the trigger. . And finally, an internal firing-pin-block safety.
The stamped steel upper receiver is the serialized portion of the pistol and also bears some very distinct design changes. Most notable is that the polymer, non-reciprocating charging handle has been moved from the top of the receiver to the left side. It is now easier to operate and allows for 5 inches of top-mounted Picatinny rail. This is great for faster target acquisitions. It allows the top of the weapon to be clear for great things.
(Note from Col. Mike: Get the Trijicon RMR Type 2 as you will love it. Lanny & Tracy Barnes (US Olympic Biathlete friends) tell me their batteries last 3 years)!
There are standard sights adjustable for elevation & windage. The 4.5-inch barrel is cold-hammer forged and has four-groove rifling with a 1-in-10-inch, right-hand twist rate.
Maintenance and disassembly for the Uzi Pro Pistol is easy. Note that the bolt will not retract if the safety is on and the sear is in the forward (fire) position. Unscrew the barrel lug by depressing the barrel lug release tab and then the lug and barrel can be easily removed. Then depress the receiver cover tab at the front of the rear sight to remove the cover. Now the charging handle and bolt assembly can be removed. Finally, separate the upper and lower receivers by pushing out the two takedown pins at the front and rear of the lower receiver. Assembly is reverse order. All can be done easily without tools.
The Uzi Pro operates as a blowback gun, so the weight of the bolt is all that keeps the action shut. As such, you have a fairly heavy bolt which makes up a large portion of this pistol’s 58.5 ounces. This weight is directly over the hand so the weapon is well balanced.
The single-stage trigger measures at 13 to 14 pounds. The grip safety engages as long as you maintain a firm grip. The manual safety deactivates with the thumb of the shooting hand.
At the rear of the receiver there is an end cap. This is removable so you can install a folding stock.
(Note by Col Mike: Custom Smith Mfg. out of Phoenix, Arizona, makes an outstanding folding stock, together with a forward grip for below the barrel. Both of these are welcome additions and help increase control, balance, safety and accuracy).
On the range, the Uzi Pro performed well out of the box. Once broken in, it performed even better. Handles a mix of ammo. Uzi’s are battle-proven with a history & heritage matching modern Israel itself.
This is not a fine target nor easily concealed-carry weapon. It will appeal to Uzi fans and military/history buffs, particularly plinkers. It also makes for an excellent home-defense or trunk gun. Recoil is minimal assuring fast follow up shots. The whole family will enjoy it.
For more information, visit http://www.iwi.us or call (717) 695-2081.
Also check out IWI’s Story: https://iwi.us/ourstory/
Special Recommendations by Col Mike:
I purchased my Uzi Pro from Onsight Outdoors LLC, Hillman, Michigan, 49746. Owned & Operated by Tim & Michelle Milko (248) 866-4150 … My cost was: ($1,150.00). Great service!
Special Recommendations by Col Mike:
I purchased my Uzi Pro from Onsight Outdoors LLC, Hillman, Michigan, 49746. Owned & Operated by Tim & Michelle Milko (248) 866-4150 … My cost was: ($1,060.00). Great service!
(This is what I have on my Uzi Pro in attached color photos)
Michael Bonamico (very helpful)
Owner, Designer, Shooter: Custom Smith MFG LLC
Uzi Pro Recommended (Made in USA) Forward Grip ($39.95):
IWI UZI Pro AFG by Custom Smith
Uzi Pro Recommended (Made in USA) Folding Stock ($99.95):
DSA Arms B.R.S Tailhook Adapter (Tailhook Sold Separately)
Trijicon (Made in USA) Details:
Uzi Pro Recommended Trijicon Sight: RMR06 ($699.00)
The RMR Type 2 is beautifully designed with a patented housing shape that absorbs impacts and diverts stresses away from the lens to increase durability. It’s suitable for military, law enforcement, concealed carry self-defense, target shooting, hunting applications, and full range plinking! Easy-to-use. The 3.25 MOA dot in the RM06 is the most versatile and popular of all RMR dot sizes. It looks & operates like it was made for the Uzi Pro!
Bottom Line: You will love the Uzi Pro, particularly when it is coupled with the Trijicon sight and the Folding Stock & Forward Grip by Custom Smith Mfg. It is attractive, rugged, reliable, accurate, sweet to break down & clean, plus fun to shoot. It combines a great weapon from Israel with the best upgrades from America. It eats all the various 9 mm rounds I’ve fed it. But like most Uzis, it likes the 124 grain the best.
Good shooting! Semper Fi, Col Mike