by B.B. Pelletier
Let’s take a look at the Mini UZI CO2 BB Submachine Gun from Cybergun. What we have here is a steel BB-shooting gun made and packaged by an airsoft manufacturer and sold by distributors. Everything (the gun, box, owner’s manual, etc.) is made in the style of airsoft guns, not airguns. I even found the gun itself called a “Softair” in the instructions, which look exactly like other airsoft manuals, so there isn’t much doubt where the gun comes from.
I was surprised when I was reviewing the other BB submachine guns that no one asked why I wasn’t testing this one as well. I guess it’s just flying under the radar at the moment.
The other BB submachine guns
Here are the BB submachine guns we have looked at thus far in this blog. First was the Russian-made IZH Drozd that we looked at here. I also did another report on it here. Then, I tested the EBOS from Umarex. The reports on that gun are here. And let’s not forget the H&K MP5 PDW gun. That one was covered here. And, of course, we also looked at the Umarex Steel Storm. That report can be found here.
We’ve looked at four BB submachine guns to this point. This Mini Uzi is number five. The gun is really a pistol-sized gun, as most submachine guns are. Though small, at just 14 inches overall, the gun weighs 4.85 lbs., which makes it a real chunk. What isn’t as clear from the description online is the presence of the folding wire stock that increases the length to 23-1/2 inches and gives you a more-than-generous pull of 15-7/8 inches. While I’ve never fired an Uzi, I have shot enough 9mm HK MP5s to know that you don’t shoot them from the hip if you expect to hit anything. These modern submachine guns all have good sights and are meant to hit targets out beyond 25 yards, so the rifle stock comes in quite handy.
This gun comes to you in semiautomatic, only. There’s a three-position selector switch on the left side, but the A for automatic is a non-functioning setting. You cannot slide the selector switch over to the A. You just have R for semi-auto and S for safe. However, there’s a way to make the gun full-auto.
Yes, with a small modification, it’s possible to make this gun full auto. It does require some disassembly and any parts modification that you would do (and you must modify the gun for it to be full-auto capable) voids your warranty. Since I’m going to return this gun to Pyramyd Air, I won’t be modifying it. If you’re interested, you can find out how to modify the gun online, but bear in mind that the warranty will be voided.
The gun is powered by one 12-gram CO2 cartridge that fits in the bottom of the stick magazine. The magazine also holds 25 BBs under spring pressure, and I’ll report to you about the feeding reliability when I write the velocity test.
Some unusual features
Now for some things you don’t see on other BB guns. The first is a grip safety that blocks the trigger until squeezed by holding the grip. These safeties make guns safe in situations…like when they fall to the ground, which tactical guns will do from time to time. They also make it harder for bad guys to shoot you with your own gun while you’re holding it.
The other strange feature is going to make me look like a fool, but I really haven’t figured it out yet. There’s a heavy steel collar around the barrel that has a ratcheting mechanism with a positive lock. Inside the mechanism, there’s a coiled spring. But what it does is anyone’s guess. It might be threads for a silencer. If so, why all the extra parts and complexity? The barrel shroud moves when this collar is loose and not when it’s tight. The manual doesn’t address it, so I guess I’l just have to figure it out as we go.
The folding stock has no positive lock for either position. There’s just a spring-loaded detent that holds it wherever it is. It presents no problem as a BB gun stock, of course, but many owners may want a locking stock like the firearm.
Owners love it
I read the reviews of this gun on the Pyramyd Air site, and the thing people like the most is the realistic blowback recoil simulation. The bolt is heavy, and apparently the gun feels delightfully realistic when fired.
A second thing most owners commented on was the accuracy of the gun. With the four reviews listed of the other BB submachine guns above, the Mini Uzi will be up against some stiff competition, but a look at this gun’s sights tells me that, whoever made it, they were thinking about hitting the target.
The one drawback seems to be an excessive use of gas, however, it isn’t as bad as it sounds. One owner said he thought he was getting about two magazines worth of shots per cartridge. That would be 50 shots. With the blowback feature that also uses some gas, that’s about right. It’s just that this gun makes you want to shoot-’em-up so much that you’re blowing through the gas that fast.
The sights are an aperture rear and post front, and they’re both adjustable. The front sight adjusts for elevation and the rear for windage. The front sight uses the same positive spring-loaded pin lock found on an M-16. I hate adjusting this type of front sight system because it’s so cumbersome; but once it’s dialed-in, it never changes. There ‘s a tool in the box for this, so you don’t need to carry a 5.56mm cartridge in your pocket — but it’s still difficult to adjust.
Anyone with M-16 experience will recognize how this sight is adjusted. Press down on the spring-loaded pin and turn the sight base in the correct direction. A special tool is provided with the gun for this. Note the front sling swivel stud on the left of the sight ear.
The rear sight is an L-shaped leaf with two different apertures, one large for rapid target acquisition and the other smaller for precision. A screw on the left side of the assembly moves the leaf from side to side, and of course you adjust it in the direction you want the pellet to go. The aperture rear sight is a no-brainer sight, which is why most of the world’s military uses them. Just look through the rear hole and position the front post where you want to BB to go — it’s that simple.
Finally, the gun comes with sling swivel studs front and rear (the bottom of the stock hinge pin has a hole, and there’s another anchor on the left side of the frame at the front sight). This comes from the firearm, of course, and from the airsoft heritage. As heavy as the gun is, a tactical sling would be a nice touch.
The advertised velocity (344 f.p.s.) is fast, but not blistering. I like that because, frankly, when steel BBs get up around 500 f.p.s., they get hard to manage downrange. Since you can’t hunt with BBs anyway, this velocity is right where it needs to be and the blowback feature doesn’t have to use up that many shots.
This is a heavy gun that feels substantial. Yes, there’s plastic here and there, but most guns made today have some somewhere. The customer comments are quite reassuring, making me want to rush into this test faster than usual.