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Uzi.


Some weapons earn their reputation in battle; Others are celebrated for their on-screen
fame. To be known for both is a rare thing indeed. The Uzi. An Israeli SMG that seems to turn up everywhere. So, what made it such a popular export? Why is it a weapon of choice for action films? And what sort of person wields it? The Middle East, 1948. A new nation is born – and immediately flung
into conflict. The 1948 Arab-Israeli War was fought with
equipment leftover from World War 2 – a melange of obsolescent arms; a desperate need to standardise
on something new. Israel’s new weapon was designed by Major
Uziel Gal of the IDF – and despite a request that it should not bear his name; the new
submachine gun was officially adopted in 1951 – as the Uzi. Manufactured from sheet metal, it was designed
to be low cost and easy to produce. Compared to earlier SMG designs, the Uzi is
particularly compact: far shorter than either the earlier MP40 or Sten. This is because of the Uzi’s telescoping bolt:
the reciprocating part surrounds the barrel as it moves forward – a feature borrowed from
a prototype Czech weapon, the ZK 476. This allows for a more compact action, and
makes the central position of the magazine possible: integral with the grip, and particularly
well-balanced. This is an ergonomic configuration, with the
user’s hand naturally surrounding the magwell, for more intuitive reloading. Its moderate fire rate of 600 rounds per minute
is quite manageable too, so the Uzi’s handling is favourable all-round. While the original is compact, some variants
are even smaller: Introduced in 1980, the Mini-Uzi is 80 percent
of the size – and fires at an elevated 950 rounds per minute; And the smaller-yet Micro-Uzi followed in
1986: firing an incredible 1,200 rounds per minute. Cheap, abundant and a step up from World-War
2 era weapons: as military forces modernised in the middle of the 20th century, the Uzi
was a compelling choice for many. With over 10 million made, it has proven a
huge commercial success – and has seen post-war service in countries all around the world. While weapons like the MP5 would eventually
supplant it in service, the Uzi wasn’t so eager to retire: instead, it took centre stage
during the rise of the action film. On-screen firearms have to look the part – and
for the emerging trend of urban present-day settings in cinema, a wooden wartime relic
simply wouldn’t do. The Uzi’s exterior was distinctive: its ability
to rapidly dispense rounds perfect to punctuate an on-screen point. Best of all, it can be held one-handed: easier
to point with, better for close-ups: and of course, you could even use two at once. Millions manufactured meant huge surplus,
and ample supply made sure that the price was right. So its modern appearance, high availability
and low cost made it a very appealing choice for Hollywood armourers: today, the Uzi boasts
a filmography that would make Schwarzenegger blush. Its presence harks to the golden era of gun-fighting
action: a reckless one-handed reminder of such a time in Max Payne 3: with its analogue
screen distortion evoking VHS bloodshed. It’s also the perfect fit for the Hollywood-inspired
pace of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. Compact and lightweight – it’s always nimble,
and normally shoots fast: A natural fit for frantic action. With its cinematic credentials, it is easy
to forget that the Uzi is very much a proven design: Military, police, secret service,
special task force – carried by all, and no stranger to conflict. However, the very qualities that made it so
popular – cost, automatic fire, and compact size – have also lent the weapon a more malevolent
side. For all its official use, the Uzi boasts an
undeniable criminal streak: It is the perfect choice for a drive-by shooting. Under such circumstances marksmanship can
go out the window – it’s spray and pray tactics that are needed, and the high fire rate and
one-handed grip are in tune with this demand. References to the weapon in this fashion are
a fixture of gangsta rap – a ribbon of influence echoed throughout cinema, as well as in games
like Grand Theft Auto. No doubt, a weapon of broad experience and
diverse operation. It defies any single role: freedom fighter,
muscle-bound mercenary, drug baron – it has served them all. Neither particularly good nor evil, a weapon
for all with the means to pay, one that straddles moral alignment: half criminal; half maverick; all mercenary – and total chaos. A vanguard of post-war firepower: arguably
the first modern SMG. A capable design whose success was ensured
by mass production at a low cost. When its useful service expired, it found
a new lease of life in Hollywood: and forged a legend anew. The Uzi: Classic subgun. Major export. Action hero. Thank you very much for watching – and until
next time, farewell.

100 thoughts on “Uzi.

  1. I heard a fact about the Micro-Uzi that because of it's high fire rate, it ejected the shells so high you could reload a new magazine, before the first shell hit the ground.

  2. Some couple of months ago one neighbor got robbed outside his house by 2 guys on a motorcyle that both threatened him with an uzi, so yeah criminals used them a lot.

  3. Why do I keep on coming back to watch these videos??? Are these videos really good quality???
    Answer: no

    ITS THE BEST QUALITY

  4. I honestly thought the Uzi was originally made in the 21st century, also as a shooter game pro, it was very interesting.

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    Balmain jeans, on the front, got the zipper
    My ice game got cold, got sicker
    I'm a Leo like lion, I'm Simba
    Stand on my money, I'm tall like a center
    June and July, cold just like December
    It's too low in the car, I lift it
    I know baby girl miss my drip (yeah)
    Girl, your breath stink, need a spearmint, many (yeah)
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    Told that fuck nigga, "Don't touch my crumpet" (no)
    She a lil' thot, can't wife no bird
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    Water on my neck, swim through that, that's a lap (water)
    Fuck from the back, hit her once, that's a wrap (go)
    No strings attached, that's a rack, that's a rack (facts)
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  6. Thank the nfa for making these guns worth 15k for a stamped piece of sheet metal and a single moving part.

  7. Could have added the Secret Service during the attempted assassination of President Reagan.

    President under attack? Suddenly UZIS.

  8. One of the few guns I have no fired…..saw them all over Syria but in no way in hell was I giving up my AR and rem700 for one.

  9. Fun-fact: contrary to popular belief the IDF never equipped soldiers with this weapon except in training and special forces. Conventional soldiers used:

    Mausers, FN-FAL, Galil, and modern Tavor-series, and others.

  10. Funny how once government agencies stopped using the Uzi, it pretty much switched sides and found itself in the hands of criminals

  11. Uzi (MP2) is the most iconic Israeli gun, and other than the Galil (R4) is probably the best gun to come out of Israel.
    Also I wouldn't say the arms of ww2 were obsolete in 1948, most the guns that were used in Korea were ww2 guns, the US used M1 Garands, M1 carbines, 1911's, 1919's and BAR's in Vietnam, the MG42 lives on in modern service as the MG3, MG74 & MG53, Norway used the MP40 until the 90's, the M2 .50 and 12.7 Dushka are still the most common HMG's, 1911's, Webley's & Tokarevs are still in service, so are Brens, Grease Guns, Lee Enfields, Kar98k's, PPSH's, PPS-43's, 1919's and loads of other ww2 guns are still in service.

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