Site Update

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I have been traveling non-stop for the last month.  I have been to Harrisburg PA (Twice). Dallas, Nashville, Ottawa Canada and other places most people really don’t want to go.  It was work related travel. That’s why the site has not been updated that much.

I took a new job today and this type of crazy travel should stop.

I manage a few websites for people in the aviation business and I have the opportunity to go to LakeLand Florida next week for the annual Sun and Fun 2014 aviation fly-in and festival.  I even  have press credentials for this event. I applied and they said yes. There will be plenty of old Warbirds there plus hundreds of planes of all kinds, and it is  6 days of airshows including the Blue Angels and others. 

So next week some of the Aviation stuff may end up on this site.   I am bringing a gun with me for the first time.  I bought a Pelican Gun case and will be properly declaring a unloaded firearm according to the airlines rules.  I will write about how that goes.  Why am I bringing a gun… Well it is Florida.. The Official Stand your Ground State. Every tourist in Florida should be carrying as many guns as can.

Gun of the Week #18: Custom Built Ar-15

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My custom Ar-15


Freddy’s Note:
Every week I feature a gun from my collection. This week it is a custom built Ar-15 that was built for me by my son.  It looks like one of the SIg Patrol Models but that is because it has the same Magpul hardware.  My son wanted to a built a AR-15 a few years ago and he ended up building a nice one for himself.  I liked it and asked him to build me one.  Unfortuately this was around the time of the Sandy Hook shooting and Ar-15’s and parts for AR-15 disappeared. It took a few months to get all the parts, but he ended up building me my favorite Ar-15 out of the 3 that we own.  It is extremely accurate at 25 to 100 yards. Now that I am wearing glasses all the time, now I will try and shoot it at further distances.  Had to recently accept the fact that I needed eyeglasses for all the time use. I should be able to now see what I am shooting at much better.  You can see all the previous gun of the week posts here.

I have got questions over the parts used in the build.
Here is the list:

  • Ar-Stoner Bolt Assemby
  • DPMS Forward Assist Assemby
  • Windham Weaponry Barrel and Gas Block Assembly
  • Spikes Lower Parts Kit and Buffer Parts
  • Ar-57 Lower Stripped Lower Receiver
  • AO Precision Stripped Upper Receiver
  • All Hardware is Magpul Flat Dark Earth

I sourced the parts that were available at the time.  Since all Ar-15 parts were impossible to get, I used whatever I could find. Since the picture was taken, I have acquired several MagPul Flat Dark Earth Magazines matching the hardware. You can’t seen it from this picture, but the dusk cover has the Join or Die Snake Logo and Words on it.

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Ar-15 On display in my gun room

The AR-15 is a lightweight, 5.56 mm/.223-caliber, magazine-fed, air cooled rifle with a rotating-lock bolt, actuated by direct impingement gas operation or long/short stroke piston operation. It has been produced in many different versions, including numerous semi-automatic and selective fire variants. It is manufactured with extensive use of aluminum alloys and synthetic materials.

The AR-15 was first built by ArmaLite as a small arms rifle for the United States armed forces. Because of financial problems, ArmaLite sold the AR-15 design to Colt. After modifications (most notably the relocation of the charging handle from under the carrying handle like the AR-10 to the rear of the receiver), the new redesigned rifle was subsequently adopted as the M16 rifle.  Colt then started selling the semi-automatic version of the M16 rifle as the Colt AR-15 for civilian sales in 1963 and the term has been used to refer to semiautomatic-only versions of the rifle since then.Although the name “AR-15” remains a Colt registered trademark, variants of the firearm are independently made, modified and sold under various names by multiple manufacturers.

The Stats show the real danger in America. It’s not guns, it is Democrats. We need to to outlaw Democrats

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Freddy’s Note:
This list has been floating around the internet for a while and I saw it and thought I would post it here.  It is hard to argue with this list. All of the murders/terrorists in this list where liberals or socialists.  There is not one conservative, or Tea Party member or Conservative.  All of the following wackos were liberals or socialists. Not one was an NRA member. The solution is simple. Outlaw liberals. Have them all rounded up and put into Re-Education Camps. At the North Pole. Where they can’t hurt anyone.

The list of Liberal and Socialist Murderers and Killers

In 1865 a Democrat shot and killed Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States ..

In 1881 a left wing radical Democrat shot James Garfield, President of the United States  who later died from the wound.

In 1963 a radical left wing socialist shot and killed John F. Kennedy, President of the United States.

In 1975 a left wing radical Democrat fired shots at Gerald Ford, President of the United States . . .

In 1983 a registered Democrat shot and wounded Ronald Reagan, President of the United States.

In 1984 James Hubert, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 22 people in a McDonalds restaurant.

In 1986 Patrick Sherrill, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 15 people in an Oklahoma post office.

In 1990 James Pough, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 10 people at a GMAC office.

In 1991 George Hennard, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 23 people in a Luby’s cafeteria.

In 1995 James Daniel Simpson, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 5 coworkers in a Texas laboratory.

In 1999 Larry Asbrook, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 8 people at a church service.

In 2001 a left wing radical Democrat fired shots at the White House in a failed attempt to kill George W. Bush, President of the US.

In 2003 Douglas Williams, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 7 people at a Lockheed Martin plant.

In 2007 a registered Democrat named Seung – Hui Cho, shot and killed 32 people in Virginia Tech.

In 2010 a mentally ill registered Democrat named Jared Lee Loughner, shot Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and killed 6 others.

In 2011 a registered Democrat named James Holmes, went into a movie theater and shot and killed 12 people.

In 2012 Andrew Engeldinger, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 7 people in Minneapolis.

In 2013 a registered Democrat named Adam Lanza, shot and killed 26 people, mostly children, in a school.

As recently as Sept 2013, an angry Democrat shot 12 at a Navy ship yard.  Clearly, there is a problem with Democrats and guns.

The Anti-gun side is losing because they are mentally Insane

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Professor Leonard Steinhorn, Defense Again the Dark Arts teacher at American Hogwarts University

Just saw this article in the Huffington Post– American’s Completely fictional Liberal Mouthpiece.

It is written by Leonard Steinhorn, a mentally challenged Professor of Communication at American UniversityIn this article he claims the following:

Steinhorn:
It is legal in these states to bring loaded guns into gambling establishments, sporting events and restaurants that serve alcohol. It is legal in these states to carry weapons into stores and shopping malls, and in some cases even onto college campuses and into bars and houses of worship.

Freddy:
Oh my God. It is legal for people to do legal things with legal guns. I live in NH and I carry a gun everywhere except schools, courthouses, and the Post Office. Every where else guns are allowed.  Private businesses are not allowed to ban guns.  Guns have been allowed in Malls and Supermarkets and Bars and Places to Eat.  We haven’t had any incidents. I am upset. New Hampshire should have made your list.

Steinhorn:
In all of these states, it is legal to shoot first and claim self-defense much the way George Zimmerman did with Trayvon Martin and hundreds of others have done in less publicized cases.

Freddy:
I think shooting people before they do anything is against the law everywhere. Also Mr Steinhorn, I don’t know where you get your facts because George Zimmerman shot the Punk Martin while Martin was slamming Zimmerman’s head repeatedly into the pavement.  That’s not Stand Your Ground. That’s self defense.  Martin couldn’t retreat because he was in the process of being killed by Trayvon Martin.  Doesn’t matter how it started. What’s important was how it ended. Simple Self Defense legally everywhere.

Steinhorn:
And in all of these states, their background laws — if they even exist — are so full of loopholes that someone with a criminal record, a drug or drinking problem, or a history of mental illness can obtain a gun.

Freddy:
Federal laws require background checks for all gun sales sold by Federal Firearm’s Dealers. States can require all gun sales require a background check or they can allow private transfers of guns between gun owners. In my state, I am allowed to sell a long gun (rifle) to anyone in any state in a face to face transaction, as long as they are not a prohibited person.  I demand to sell driver’s licenses and some sort of gun permit or I won’t sell. For Handguns I can only sell to people that live in the same state as myself, who I either know personally or if they have a NH Concealed Carry Permit.  In any state, if you sell a gun to a criminal that is a Federal crime. In many states, if you sell a gun and that person commits a crime, then you may go to jail. Every gun owner I know refuses to sell to people to refuse to provide ID.

Most of the criminals that should not get guns get them from straw buyers. People who knowingly buy guns for criminals.  You can increase the penalties for straw buyers ( I have no problem with that!) but It is impossible to know someone’s intent when buying a gun.

Steinhorn:
It’s no consolation that before many of these shooters pulled the trigger, they were once law-abiding citizens. That’s irrelevant. What’s relevant is that they were allowed to carry around and wield a lethal weapon, and because of that someone’s life was cut short. as much as we fear common criminals, we may face an even larger threat from citizens who are allowed to carry guns almost anywhere and anytime.  

Freddy:
98% of the crimes committed with guns in this country are by people who have illegal guns. Law abiding citizens do not usually commit crimes.

The Sandy Hook Shooter and the Navy Yard shooter were individuals with mental illness in their past. Why then could the Navy Yard shooter buy a gun?  And how could any background checks prevented the Sandy Hook shooter from stealing his mothers guns? (obtained with background check).  Almost all gun owners don’t want mentally ill people from getting guns. We just don’t want the liberals to redefined mental illness to include:

  • All ex-military
  • People with ADHD or concentration issues
  • Anyone who believes that the government is unjust
  • Anyone who is prepping for the end of the world
  • Anyone who is opposition to the Barrack Obama

Steinhorn:
It is time to stand up to the gun lobby and tell the states most in their thrall exactly what you think: I don’t feel safe in your state. Sign this petition and make your voice heard.

Freddy:
It’s not the “GUN LOBBY”. It’s the millions of Americans who believe that they have a god given right to defend themselves inside and outside of their homes. That this right was not created by the 2nd Amendment, but confirmed an existing right of any man.

In my state, they have tried to pass several anti-gun laws in the NH House of Representatives, a Democratic controlled venue, this term, and in the end they were shot down by a majority of Democrats.  Democrats are running from Obamacare and they are running from Gun Control laws in most of the United States. Because they know, that in the next election, they will be losing everything as America solidly votes against their lies and slander with Healthcare and Guns the main topics.

And lastly, this Professor Steinhorn is living in a fantasy world. He hates guns so much, his diseased mind has created all of his talking points. None of them are true. I can’t believe this complete waste of a human being is allowed to teach kids.  He should be put away in some mental institution and the key thrown away.

Gun of the Week #17: 1921 Ortgies Semi-Automatic Pistol

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My gun, bought last weekend

Freddy’s Note:
Every week I feature a gun from my collection. This week it is a semiautomatic Ortgies hammerless pistol in .32 ACP. I just bought this gun last weekend at a gun show in New Hampshire using my Curio and Relic FFL license. (No background check required)  It was only $250. It is an interesting little gun originally manufactured in Germany between the years 1921-1924.  One of the interesting facts about his gun is that legendary gangster John Dillinger carried one.  I have yet to fire it. All the ranges at my gun club are still frozen. With the weather getting better, I should be able to fire it in a week or two. You can see all the previous gun of the week posts here.

Origin
The Ortgies 7.65 mm pistol was a hammerless semi-automatic pistol produced in Germany in the years immediately after World War I, first by its inventor Heinrich Ortgies and then by Deutsche Werke. Inexpensive, but of good quality, the pistol achieved considerable success at contemporary shooting competitions[1] and, as an export product, was popular in North, Central, and South America.

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An example of a Ortgies Pistol

Design
The pistol was produced in 6.35 mm, 7.65 mm, and 9 mm variants. Although not expensive, at the time it was of advanced design and high quality construction with relatively few parts, well sealed against dirt. Metal components were forged or machined, and assembly in general made no use of screws, even securing the wooden grips with metal clips, although some examples do incorporate a single screw for that purpose. The hammerless action depended on a spring-loaded striker to fire the cartridge. As in early Colt and Browning pocket pistols, the Ortgies striker also operated as an ejector as the slide traveled backwards after discharge.

Unusual design features included the safety and the magazine. The safety was a lever inset into the back of the grip and, with the gun cocked, forced backward out of the grip into the “safe” position by spring tension from the firing pin upon depression of a button under the slide. Thus, engaging the safety simultaneously reduced tension on the firing pin spring. To disengage the safety, a shooter simply would squeeze the grip, pressing the lever forward and locking it flush with the back of the pistol.

At least the earlier Ortgies magazines could accommodate both 7.65 and 9 mm ammunition and were interchangeable between pistols of either calibre. One side of the magazine was marked for 7.65 mm and featured seven holes showing the positions that cartridges of that size would occupy when loaded; the other side had similar holes and markings for 9 mm cartridges.

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John Dillinger’s Ortgies (circled) From some museum

Ortgries-Pistols 1921–1924
Heinrich Ortgies designed the pistol while living in Liège, Belgium during World War I.  After the war, he moved to Erfurt, Germany, where in 1919 he commenced production of the pistol in his own factory. The weapons bore the mark “Ortgies & Co. – Erfurt” on their slides and a circular brass insert in their grips marked with a stylized “HO.” Ortgies died later that year, and eventually production of his pistol passed to Deutsche Werke, a shipbuilding company headquartered in Berlin. For a short time thereafter, the slide marking was changed to “Deutsche Werke Aktiengesellschaft Berlin” before changing again to “Deutsche Werke Aktiengesellschaft Werke Erfurt,” ultimately shortened to “Deutsche Werke – Werke Erfurt.” Deutsche Werke pistols continued to feature the “HO” brass grip inset until relatively late in their production, when they substituted one with a new trademark depicting a stylized crouching cat with long tail forming an S-curve over its back.

In keeping with prevalent economics in Germany at the time, factory finishes were limited to bluing or, rarely, nickel. The latter finish could be either matte or bright. No Ortgies pistol was produced with a chrome finish or, aside from one known salesman’s sample, with factory engraving. Production ceased in 1924.

Performance
The Ortgies was a well-balanced, sturdy weapon that found considerable favor in competitive shooting. In 1921, prize winners at some 70% of principal shooting competitions had chosen Ortgies 7.65 mm pistols, and the winner of the German championship on September 26, 1921, at Halensee, Germany, took the prize firing an Ortgies. At the other end of the user spectrum, outlaw John Dillinger carried an Ortgies, and several hundred Ortgies pistols saw service with Finnish prison authorities through the World War II period.

Gun of the Week #16: Czechoslovakian CZ-52 Military Surplus Pistol

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My CZ-52

Freddy’s Note:
Every week I feature a gun from my collection. This week it is a semiautomatic CZ-52.  This is one of the 7 guns that I own that use the 7.62 X 25 caliber round. The rest of them are all Tokerevs, This one is a different gun and a different design.  Many of the people that I know that work in the security business like this guns because of the round.  The 7.62 x 25 round can piece many models of body armour. I just liked the look of the gun.  I bought it a few years ago from Collectable Arms and Ammo for $365. It was the Russian’s owner’s personal gun.  It does have quite a muzzle flash. You can see all the previous gun of the week posts here.

History
The CZ 52  (also known by the Czechoslovakian military designations vz. 52, for “model of 1952”, and CZ 482) is a semi-automatic pistol designed by two brothers, Jan and Jaroslav Kratochvíl, in the early 1950s for the Czechoslovakian military. Around 200,000 vz. 52s were made by Česká Zbrojovka in Strakonice from 1952 to 1954. The vz. 52 replaced the 7.65 mm Browning caliber (.32 ACP) Vz.50, which had acquired a reputation for unreliability and was underpowered for its role as a military service sidearm. After 30 years of military service, the vz. 52 was eventually replaced by the 9×18mm Makarov caliber vz. 82. Cz-USA began importation into the US market in January 1998 with the designation CZ 52.

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Description
The CZ 52 pistol is a roller-locked short recoil-operated, detachable box magazine-fed, single-action, semi-automatic pistol chambered for the 7.62×25mm Tokarev cartridge (the gun was originally designed for 9 mm Luger caliber but due to political pressures had to be redesigned for the Soviet then standard pistol cartridge). It weighs approximately two pounds unloaded. Military models feature either a parkerized finish or a gray oxide coating, while some CZ 52s were arsenal reblued in the 1970s. These re-finished guns are usually marked as such.
The CZ 52 has a deep (front-to-back) but slim (side-to-side) grip, as well as a low “hump” which meets the web of the hand at the rear of the grip. These ergonomics cause the barrel and slide to sit rather high above the grip, resulting in very strong felt recoil. The CZ 52 is also well known for its very sharp report and great amount of muzzle flash. Due to its muzzle energy, higher pressure FMJ ammunition fired from the CZ 52 pistol will penetrate even NIJ II rated ballistic vests, or the PASGT helmet.

Operation
The CZ 52’s operating controls consist of a single-action trigger, an external hammer, a magazine catch located at the heel of the grip frame, and a combination de-cock/safety lever located on the left rear side of the receiver aft of the left grip panel. The manual safety blocks movement of the sear, which prevents the hammer from releasing and firing a round. A second safety, in the form of a spring-loaded firing pin block, prevents the pistol from firing unless the trigger is pulled fully to the rear; this feature renders the pistol “drop safe”. However, if the firing pin block spring has become worn, the pistol may be rendered unsafe in the event of a muzzle down drop, or in the case of other internals being worn, it may be drop safe only when “cocked and locked”, for instance. Care should be taken when handling firearms of uncertain origin, and only a competent gunsmith should be relied upon to verify the safety mechanisms of surplus guns are intact. Because the sear must overcome the additional spring pressure of the firing pin block, an inherent feature of the CZ 52 is its unusually heavy trigger pull, often in the 8-10 pounds range. The hammer is of the rebounding type, meaning that it does not contact the firing pin while in its uncocked position, and cannot do so unless the trigger is pulled, another safety feature.

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The CZ 52 utilizes a fairly uncommon short recoil operating system in which two vertical rollers are used to lock the barrel and slide together, via a cam block. This is similar to the system used in the German MG 42 machine gun, which itself hearkens back to a Polish patent of the 1930s. This arrangement results in an unusually strong lockup which, conventional wisdom holds, allowed the Czechs to load ammunition for it to higher pressure levels (and therefore, higher velocity and energy) than compatible ammunition manufactured in other Warsaw Pact countries. This oft recited “fact” is, however, debatable. The bottom of the CZ 52 chamber measures 0.058″, whereas the supposedly weaker TT33 Tokarev pistol measures 0.125″ at the bottom of the chamber.

While in battery (meaning the hammer is cocked, a round is chambered, and the pistol is ready to fire), the recoil spring, positioned coaxially around the barrel, provides the pressure necessary to lock the barrel and slide together via the rollers. When a shot is fired, the barrel and slide recoil together while the cam block is held stationary by a lug in the receiver. After traveling rearward a short distance (about 0.16″ or 4 mm), the rollers are allowed to disengage from the slide via recesses in the cam block. At this point, the slide is free to continue rearward, cocking the hammer, extracting the spent case from the barrel’s chamber and ejecting it clear of the pistol. After reaching the end of its stroke, the slide is returned to battery by the compressed recoil spring, again collecting a fresh cartridge from the magazine and inserting it into the chamber along the way.

When the magazine is empty, its follower presses against a catch, holding the slide open. The magazine catch is located at the heel of the pistol grip. It is pulled toward the backstrap, releasing the magazine from its well. A potential problem arises in that there is now minimal pressure on the magazine spring and the magazine catch is also under constant pressure from the mainspring, forcing it into contact with the rear of the magazine. This means that magazines do not drop free and occasionally take a few seconds to remove from the pistol. Releasing the slide catch is done by removing the empty magazine (or inserting a loaded one), then retracting the slide and releasing it. There is no thumb-operated lever to release the slide (though an aftermarket slide release lever is available).

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Ammunition
Surplus 7.62×25mm Tokarev ammo from China, Russia, Austria, Bulgaria, and the Czech Republic as well as current commercial ammo produced by Sellier & Bellot all measured 42,000 c.u.p. at the lab at Accurate Arms in 2000 by ballistician Ted Curtis. He measured the surplus Soviet ammunition averaging 31,000 c.u.p.

The Czech ammunition was manufactured for use in the CZ52s, while the other countries were manufacturing ammunition used in Tokarevs. Accurate Arms then sold load data in 2000 listing 42,000 c.u.p. loads for CZ52s. By 2004 Johan Loubser Ballistic Lab manager at Accurate Powders reduced the loads to less than 2400 bar or 34,809 psi, and those reduced loads were made complementary from AA on their web site. While the 86 gr AA#9 load is said by AA to be reduced from 41,300 c.u.p. to 33,851 psi, Quickload software calculates that AA’s loads went from 57,158 psi down to 28,551 psi. Loads by Sierra at 90 gr AA#7 specifically for the CZ52 remain at 22,385 psi as calculated by Quickload.

By the late 1990s, after the popularity of the surplus CZ 52 had started to increase, hollow-point ammunition in 7.62×25mm became available from custom shops. The pistol proved capable of handling extremely “hot” loadings, and many shops sell custom or hand-loaded ammunition.

Gun of the Week #15: Semi Automatic Uzi Carbine that you can built yourself

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UZI Carbine with stock fully opened

Freddy’s Note:
Every week I feature a gun from my collection. This week it is a semiautomatic UZI carbine that I built myself from a new receiver and bolt and a parts kit. .  You can see all the previous gun of the week posts here.

It was amazing easy to assemble this gun. This is the first gun that I ever built. I have a 10 parts series on this website on how to get the parts your need and how to build it. The first of the 10 parts is here. It continues to 10 other posts. You will get the links to the parts vendors and all the instructions necessary to build it.  Make sure it is legal to have a semi-automatic UZI in your state before you order the parts.

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All the Parts before you build it

The short version is that you buy a fully welded receiver and a new bolt from Mckay Enterprises. Then buy a parts kit and a barrel. Then you assemble it. It takes a little sanding or filing some of the metal, but it this project can be done by anyone with a little hand tool experience.  The receiver will be have to be sent to a local gun store, while you will have to go through the standard background check. But all the other parts can be sent straight to your home.

Here is the completed uzi carbine in action at a local indoor gun range

History
The Uzi (Hebrew: עוזי‎, officially cased as UZI) is a family of Israeli open-bolt, blowback-operated submachine guns. Smaller variants are considered to be machine pistols. The Uzi was one of the first weapons to use a telescoping bolt design which allows the magazine to be housed in the pistol grip for a shorter weapon.

The first Uzi submachine gun was designed by Major Uziel Gal in the late 1940s. The prototype was finished in 1950. First introduced to IDF special forces in 1954, the weapon was placed into general issue two years later. The Uzi has found use as a personal defense weapon by rear-echelon troops, officers, artillery troops and tankers, as well as a frontline weapon by elite light infantry assault forces.

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My Uzi in it’s specially fitted violin case

The Uzi has been exported to over 90 countries. Over its service lifetime, it has been manufactured by Israel Military Industries, FN Herstal, and other manufacturers. From the 1960s through the 1980s, more Uzi submachine guns were sold to more military, law enforcement and security markets than any other submachine gun ever made.

Design
The Uzi uses an open-bolt, blowback-operated design quite similar to the Jaroslav Holeček-designed Czech ZK 476 (prototype only) and the production Sa 23, Sa 24, Sa 25, and Sa 26 series of submachineguns, from which it was inspired. The open bolt design exposes the breech end of the barrel, and improves cooling during periods of continuous fire. However, it means that since the bolt is held to the rear when cocked, the receiver is more susceptible to contamination from sand and dirt. It uses a telescoping bolt design, in which the bolt wraps around the breech end of the barrelThis allows the barrel to be moved far back into the receiver and the magazine to be housed in the pistol grip, allowing for a heavier, slower-firing bolt in a shorter, better-balanced weapon.

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Uzi with Fixed wooded Stock

The weapon is constructed primarily from stamped sheet metal, making it less expensive per unit to manufacture than an equivalent design machined from forgings. With relatively few moving parts, the Uzi is easy to strip for maintenance or repair. The magazine is housed within the pistol grip, allowing for intuitive and easy reloading in dark or difficult conditions, under the principle of “hand finds hand”. The pistol grip is fitted with a grip safety, making it difficult to fire accidentally. However, the protruding vertical magazine makes the gun awkward to fire when prone. The Uzi features a bayonet lug.

Operational use
The Uzi submachine gun was designed by Captain (later Major) Uziel Gal of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) following the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. The weapon was submitted to the Israeli Army for evaluation and won out over more conventional designs due to its simplicity and economy of manufacture. Gal did not want the weapon to be named after him, but his request was ignored. The Uzi was officially adopted in 1951. First introduced to IDF special forces in 1954, the weapon was placed into general issue two years later. The first Uzis were equipped with a short, fixed wooden buttstock, and this is the version that initially saw combat during the 1956 Suez Campaign. Later models would be equipped with a folding metal stock.

The Uzi was used as a personal defense weapon by rear-echelon troops, officers, artillery troops and tankers, as well as a frontline weapon by elite light infantry assault forces. The Uzi’s compact size and firepower proved instrumental in clearing Syrian bunkers and Jordanian defensive positions during the 1967 Six-Day War. Though the weapon was phased out of frontline IDF service in the 1980s, some Uzis and Uzi variants were still used by a few IDF units until December 2003, when the IDF announced that it was retiring the Uzi from all IDF forces.  It was subsequently replaced by the fully automatic Micro Tavor.

In general, the Uzi was a reliable weapon in military service. However, even the Uzi fell victim to extreme conditions of sand and dust. During the Sinai Campaign of the Yom Kippur War, IDF Army units reaching the Suez Canal reported that of all their small arms, only the 7.62 mm FN MAG machine gun was still in operation.

The Uzi has been used in various conflicts outside Israel and the Middle East during the 1960s and 1970s. Quantities of 9 mm Uzi submachine guns were used by Portuguese cavalry, police, and security forces during the Portuguese Colonial Wars in Africa.