Uzi: The Israeli Super Machine Gun That Conquered the World


Uzi was a textbook example of a simple project successfully completed by a nascent arms industry.

  • Kyle Mizokami
  • The National Interest

A well-designed, reliable submachine gun made of stamped parts, it was simple to build and had universal appeal.

Although mostly out of service, the Uzi’s profile will be recognizable for decades to come.

Outside of Israel the Uzi proliferated widely, contributing to its global image. Countries as diverse as Japan, Germany, Belgium, Peru and Brazil all used the Uzi in their armed forces, as well as producing it under license.

One of the most recognizable weapons of the postwar era came from one of the…

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