I received the UZI violin case

For new people to the blog, I did a series on how to built your own fully legal UZI carbine.  You can see the complete instructions here.

I found a series of cases from AKcases, and ordered one off their ebay site for $175. They are normally $245 and they have them for many different styles of guns. I just received the case. Here is the violin case closed:


Here is the case open. The case comes with either a red or blue interior. I chose blue.


And finally here the case with the UZI carbine, I made during the build:


The Velcro strips hold both the gun and up to 8 magazines. The interior and exterior is very good quality.

I highly recommend this case. The only problem is this case, looks just like my kid’s actual violin case, it

pretty embarrassing ( and highly illegal) if he took the wrong case to school. So I can’t leave this outside the gun room.

Building the Semi Automatic Uzi : Extra


Indoor Range

This is the 7th post of 7 posts about Building an Semi automatic UZI carbine.  See Posts 1 to 6 on thjis site buy choosing the category. Building the UZI from the category menu.

I took the UZI shooting again today, for it’s second time at the range.  It worked really fine again and I still pleased with the build.

Here’s a video of my associate firing it

Cool Case for the UZI


I have been carrying the UZI in a CMP case, above, I got from the Civilian Marksman Program for one of my M1 carbines.  But then I found this great violin case:


uzi case red


uzi case blue


uzi case empty

I found these violin case online from http://shop.akases.com for $245.00 and I ordered one immediately.

I will update this post when I receive it.

Building the Semi-Automatic UZI -Part 6 of 6 Test firing the UZI


See parts 1-5 for instructions to source the parts and built your own Fully Legal semi-automatic UZI carbine I was delayed almost two weeks because of bad weather and a one week business trip, before I could take my new fun toy to the outdoor range and test it.


Above of pictures taken during the first firing of the finished Semi Automatic Uzi Carbine at the local gun range.

So my son and I took the completed UZI to the local gun range and we finally got to see if it would work. The UZI takes a little while to get used to, because of the grip safety.  This is the only gun I own that has a grip safety. So you have to push in the grip safety completely while you pull the trigger or nothing will happen.

I loaded the magazine, engaged the safety and the gun fired perfectly. This video below is a video of the actual first time, the gun has been fired.

There are 5 posts under the category Building the Uzi that explain where to get the receiver and parts and how to put them together. It has been a fun build and it did not take much skill other than to figure out how the parts went together.  I am completely happy with the build and I might even do it again and build a UZI pistol next time.

If you build yourself one from these directions, let me know if I missed anything.

Thanks and enjoy  Freddy

IWI US, Inc. UZI® PRO Pistols Have Arrived in the U.S.A.

Now that I an finished with a Uzi Carbine. Maybe I will have to get myself a Uzi Pro Pistol as well.

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IWI US, Inc.  a subsidiary of Israel Weapon Industries (IWI), announces the arrival of the long-awaited UZI® PRO semi-auto pistol for the American consumer market. The UZI® brand is world renowned with sales of over 2 million units worldwide since 1963.

Uzi PRO webThe UZI® sub-machine gun (SMG) was designed and patented by Uziel Gal who gave the production rights to the Israeli Ministry of Defense. After initial testing by the IDF, the Ordnance Corps ordered 8,000 units and the love affair with the world’s most iconic pistol continues today.

The UZI® PRO semi-auto pistol is the latest evolution featuring the most advanced firearms technologies. Based on the famous UZI® SMG, the UZI® PRO Pistol is purpose-built with only one goal – uncompromising performance and reliability on a robust design. This 9mm Luger Parabellum version for the American public sports an advanced polymer pistol grip that incorporates an integrated magazine release…

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Building semi automatic Uzi – Part 4 of 6: Assembling the new receiver

Both Sites, top catch, and barrel catch

Both Sites, top catch, and barrel catch instructions

In the first three posts, we took a brand new semi automatic Uzi receiver and some Uzi parts from a parts kit and painted some of the parts. We also changed out the fully automatic sear for a semi automatic one, and we had a piece of mental welded into the Pistol stick grip to satisfy the ATF rules on converting a fully auto pistol grip/receiver to a semi auto one.

Putting together the Rear Site/Top cover

Before you can install the rear site, you must put the top cover latch and spring in place in the rear part of the Uzi receiver. They go right under where the rear site will be assembled.

These are the parts.  Nut for the real site screw is not shown.

Top cover catch and spring

Parts that make up the top cover latch and rear site.

The latch I got in the parts kit and the spring are shown in the picture below.  They were a little beat up, and I ended up replacing them with new parts.  Also, the surface of the receiver got scratched up when I had to bend the tabs that hold the top catch in place.  Since this area is covered when everything is installed, I didn’t feel I needed to touch it up.

Top cover catch and spring

Top cover catch and spring

Do not push the latch in all the way yet, there is a metal piece that goes over the spring and the latch and snaps on to the ends of the metal tabs.  It keeps the spring and latch under press and keeps it from shooting out from the end of the gun. This is what it looks like:

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This part holds the top cover latch and spring to the receiver and acts as a base for the rear site

The front is at the right. The rear as at the left. Push the catch and the spring in and this snaps over both of them on to the tabs on the receiver.  The little rising area in the top of it is used to give the rear site some pressure and hold it in either of two positions.

Once this piece is in, you can put the rear site into place. There is two holes on the sides of the area where the site goes.  The screw goes through one side, and through the rear site and out the other side. A special nut is then put on the bolt to hold it in place.


rear site assembled above the top cover latch assembly

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The parts that make up the front site

This is three pieces. A washer, the front site , and the front site nut.

This is a hole at the top front of the receiver.Put washers, then nut, then screw in the front site. You can use your fingers to twist it in, or you can buy a uzi front site adjusting tool for fine tuning the site after the gun build is finished.

Barrel and Barrel Catch

If you look at the front of the receiver. Look to the left where the barrel goes. This is a small opening in the receiver, right above the  barrel.  This will hold a Spring and the Barrel Catch.  This device holds the barrel in place.  When installed press the Barrel Catch and then you can unscrew the barrel nut

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Barrel Catch and Spring


barrel catch installed above barrel

Installing the Barrel and Nut


Since this is a semi auto receiver, you can only use semi auto barrels. This receiver has been designed that full auto barrels do not fit. This a a half moon ridge on the top of barrel and there is a similar half moon ridge on the receiver. When place together it fits perfectly. Full auto barrel would not fit.  Once you have the half moons put in the correct positions the barrel snaps into the trunnion with a perfect fit.  You then screw on the barrel nut.  When the barrel nut is almost in place, you may have to press the barrel catch down for the last few turns. When you release the barrel catch, it firmly holds the barrel nut in place.  To remove barrel, you will have to hold the barrel catch down for the first few turns as well

Top Cover alternation to Full Auto Cover

If you are using a semi auto Uzi top cover, then you need to make no alternations.
But if you are using a cover from a full auto Uzi parts kit, then you need to make one change to make it legal.

How can you tell which Uzi top oover that you own. It’s very easy. Pull the cocking handle on the top. Then let go. It should  slide back when you release it.  That’s semi auto.
Do you hear a ratcheting noise and when you stop pulling the cocking, level does it stop without going all the way back, well then you got the full auto top cover.

Some people suggest taking the cocking knob and corresponding assembly on the other side apart. I have a much easier way.

This is what the cocking lug looks like when it take it apart from the top cover (Don’t do it)

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Under normal conditions you could just unscrew the screw in the cocking knob that goes though the top cover and attaches to this cocking lug.  Unfortunately, most of these screws have been staked. They will not easily come out without drilling or ruining the screw.

Look closely at this assembly. There is a wire tab sticking out the front of the assembly. Just take some pliers grab it and pull it off. This is what it looks like:

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Once this wire has been removed, the cocking level should pull back without any pressure, when you release it, it should slide all the way forward.

Here’s a diagram with an arrow pointing to the wire that should be removed.


Top cCover Wire Removal

You are finished with the Uzi top cover modification and the exterior parts on the Uzi Receive.

In the next and final post, we will assemble and install the bolt and finish the build.  I also have pictures and video from the range, where we fired it for the first time.

Building the Semi Automatic Uzi : Part 3 of 6 : Painting

See Part1 and Part 2 Painting the Receivers In previous steps, I gave you the links on where to buy the fully welded and ready to go receiver and a completion kit that contained the parts you needed to build the Uzi.  In this part, I go into surface prep for the receiver and pistol grip.

The McKay Receiver came unfinished and looked like this:


receiver in natural steel

And the Pistol Grip lower receiver was used and looked beat up: before-paint


So I found some NITROCELLULOUSE GUN COATING: at D+D Sales for $14 a can. One can would do several complete uzis. Here are the specs:

  1. Bonds to aluminum or steel
  2. No baking required:
  3. Ready for assembly in 1 (one) hour.
  4. 1 hr – Very High Resistance to gasoline and oil.
  5. Paint Receiver, individual parts, and barrel. Thin coating allows painting inside the receiver and all other gun parts. Use single coat on internal parts or 2 light  coats to allow free operation of parts. Use multiple thin coats for best results, where binding of parts is not a concern.
  6. Post application temperature tolerance 250 degrees.
  7. For optimum bonding sand blast before painting or sand and clean with course steel wool and clean with lacquer thinner before painting.
  8. IF SAND BLASTING IS NOT POSSIBLE: CLEAN WITH course steel wool and Acid wash with DILUTE muratic acid (HCL hydrochloric acid), (Pool acid). Dilute to 1/5; (Some bubbling will occur; remove after 15 minutes.
  9. CAUTION:Do not breath fumes and use Rubber Gloves. Very hazardous if inhaled and it smells pretty bad.

Here is the receiver after several light coats. black Here is the pistol grip/lower receiver with the paint still wet. I had to take all the parts off  to paint it. wetpaint If your Uzi Cover is beat up, you probably want to take that apart and paint that as well. Magazine Catch, Semi Automatic Sear, Trigger and grip safety Assembly This diagram should help you assemble the rest of the internals and grip safety. stick Put the mag catch on first. The order you assemble the rest of the components have to be in this order, otherwise they don’t fit.

  1. Grip Safety, and spring. Attaches in the rear.
  2. Selector button and lever and spring. on the side of the stick
  3. Sear and pin. Inside the front of the receiver part.
  4. Trigger and pins. Near the front
  5. Grip and screws. On the outside of the stick.
  6. Now you have a completed lower receiver pistol stick.

The next chapter will cover assembly the upper Uzi receiver.