- Weight: 7.72 lbs
- Length: 23.62 inches
- Barrel Length: 7.76 inches
- Cartridge: 9x19mm Parabellum
- Action: Blowback
- Rate of Fire: 980 rounds/min
- Muzzle Velocity: 1,250 fps
- Effective Range: 328 feet
- Maximum Range: 656 feet
- Feed System: 10, 16, 20, 32, 40 or 50-round box magazines
Uziel Gal was born December 15, 1923 in Germany. When the Nazi Party rose to power, Uziel fled from Germany and eventually lived in Israel.
Israel declared its statehood on 14 May 1948. However this was seen as highly controversial for many reasons; Arab nations declared it to be a western puppetstate that displaced the native Palestinian population with an illegal mass migration of Jews. The Israeli Jews however had their own ancestral claims to the lands. The Arabs were outraged and invaded Israel in the 1948 Arab–Israeli War.
When the war ended, Uziel Gal and the Israeli Army saw the need for Israelis to create their own weapons for self defense against their hostile neighbors.
The Uzi is popular for its cheap metal parts, high rate of fire, and mechanical simplicity. The most noticeable innovation of the Uzi was that it had a magazine-grip; a design only previously seen in semi-automatic pistols. This allowed the Uzi to be much shorter in length than submachine guns that require the magazine to be separate from the grip.
The Mini Uzi is used by armed forces, paramilitaries, and criminal organizations around the world, due to its compact size and reliability.