I recently wrapped up building a semi-auto Israeli Uzi in 9mm. At the start, I researched about this iconic submachine gun and guys kept mentioning that I should get the book “The Uzi Submachine Gun Examined” by David Gaboury. I ordered a copy from Amazon and must say I was very impressed.
Mr. Gaboury does an exceptional job giving the reader the historical context of what was going on in Israel with its fight for independence, the plethora of firearms they were using and then search for a new submachine gun. Of course, this culminated in the creation and evolution of the Uzi design by Uzi Gal.
From there he covers the evolution of the weapon with the Mini Uzi, the Uzi Carbine, Uzi Pistol/Micro Uzi, Ruger MP9 and the Uzi Pro. The book was published in 2017 and its coverage is very current.
One thing I did not know was how widespread the adoption of the Uzi was and Mr. Gaboury provides coverage of its use in The Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, South Africa, China and other countries.
He then covers a number of other topics in the book that I’ll skip for the sake of brevity. For me, the last section of the book was very, very helpful where he provides significant detail on the weapon including:
- Operation, Disassembly and Specifications
- Parts Identification
Being new to Uzis, his coverage of the firing cycle, fire control group and how it all comes together in the grip frame (what some call the “grip stick”) was worth the price of the book all by itself. For me, it was really the history and this last section the detailing of the operation and assembly that were hugely worthwhile. I’d recommend this book to anyone wanting to learn more about the iconic Uzi.
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