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Book Review: V21N9

By Frank Iannamico

The UZI Examined: UZI Enthusiast Gaboury Delivers a Rich History

The UZI submachine gun has recently gained a new level of popularity with NFA enthusiasts. The popularity is reflected in the price of transferable examples of the subgun, which has increased substantially in the last few years. An abundance of inexpensive parts, magazines and .22 caliber conversion kits add to the UZI’s appeal. Most transferable UZIs are conversions of the semi-automatic carbines done prior to the May 19, 1986, cutoff date. In addition to the Israeli-made UZIs, there are the transferable UZI submachine guns made in the USA by Group Industries and later Vector. There are a very small number of transferable original Israeli factory submachine guns in the NFA registry. Original factory UZI submachine guns are also available to FFL/SOT dealers as pre- or post-May dealer samples.

Equally popular are the semi-automatic-only UZI carbines and pistols available to those who live in states that prohibit full-automatic arms, or those that a five-figure submachine gun is not in their budget. To comply with federal law the UZI carbines with buttstocks were fitted with 16-inch barrels; they have become very popular for conversion into short barrel rifles.
With the popularity of the UZI, it was only natural that someone would write a book about them.

UZI enthusiast David Gaboury, who also runs the uzitalk.com website, began such a project in 2004. The book, aptly named The UZI Submachine Gun, Examined is very well researched and covers many topics. Writing a book about a foreign weapon is challenging because of several factors including the location of the research material, and there is often a language barrier.

There are 30 chapters in the book, each is arranged under a specific heading.

UZI Origins

1. The Beginning of Israeli Small Arms
The first chapter covers the early history of Israeli small arms and the events that led up to the design, testing, competition and eventual adoption of the UZI. Included are many detailed photographs of the primary foreign weapon that competed against the UZI, the Czech ZK-476 and data of other weapons that were...

This article first appeared in Small Arms Review V21N9 (November 2017)
and was posted online on September 22, 2017

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