Umarex Uzi .177 caliber Subgun

Umarex Uzi  .177 caliber Subgun

The Most Authentic Select Fire Air Pistol Ever!

By Dennis Adler

The latest .177 (4.5mm) caliber Umarex Mini Uzi is available in an exclusive PyramydAir select fire version with semiautomatic and full auto operation.

The latest .177 (4.5mm) caliber Umarex Mini Uzi is available in an exclusive PyramydAir select fire version with semiautomatic and full auto operation.

The Uzi pistol is one of those rare firearms that has an unforgettable look, and since it has been around for more than 50 years almost everyone has seen an Uzi, at least in films and television dramas. It has been used by Navy Seals, Federal Agents, the good guys and bad guys alike, both on film and in the real world; but, there are two truly significant images, one fictional, and the other all too real that etched the Uzi pistol into the American consciousness. The first was the original 1986 Delta Force movie starring Lee Marvin and Chuck Norris (unless you’re old enough to remember The Wild Geese starring Richard Burton). The second was the afternoon of March 30, 1981 when John Hinkley, Jr. attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan as he left the Hilton Hotel in Washington, DC, following a speech to AFL-CIO leaders. In the ensuing mayhem after the first shots were fired by Hinkley, Secret Service agent Robert Wanko was seen on news footage drawing an Uzi from beneath his jacket as agents scrambled to protect the President. That image of Agent Wanko and the 9mm subgun has forever linked the Secret Service with the Uzi, but the gun’s legendary fame goes back to the early 1950s and its use by Israeli soldiers following the establishment of Israel as a state in 1948.

The Uzi is actually named after its inventor, Uziel Gal, a Captain (later Major) with the Israel Defense Force. Gal based his design on the Czechoslovakian Model ZK 476 and Czech Model M23/25 sub machineguns, but designed his version so it could be more efficiently manufactured for quick deployment to the Israeli military. The final version was patented under Uzi Gal in 1952, with production rights assigned to the Israeli Ministry of Defense. Two years later the Uzi was adopted by the Israeli military and the rest, as they say, is history.

For tactical training the Umarex Mini Uzi makes exercises incredibly affordable with the cost of the gun and two spare magazines costing less than $250. (5.11 Tactical HardTime tactical gloves and Surefire 2211 tactical watch also shown)

For tactical training the Umarex Mini Uzi makes exercises incredibly affordable with the cost of the gun and two spare magazines less than $250. (5.11 Tactical HardTime tactical gloves and Surefire Luminox 2211 tactical watch also shown)

The original Uzi SMG and its variants, Uzi carbine, Mini Uzi, Micro Uzi and semi-auto Uzi pistol, have remained a staple of military and law enforcement agencies the world over for more than half a century in calibers ranging from the original 9mm to .41 AE, .40 S&W, .45 ACP and .22 LR (Uzi .22 caliber rimfire conversion kits were first offered in 1987). The Uzi remained the Israeli military’s primary SMG for almost 50 years, finally being phased out by the IDF in 2003.

The folding stock tucks under the fore grip for one-handed pistol operation.

The folding stock tucks under the fore grip for one-handed pistol operation. Shown with Hornady Black Diamond .177 anodized steel BBs.

From 9mm to .177

The Uzi Subgun is finally available in a never before seen caliber, .177 (4.5mm). The new Pyramyd Air exclusive CO2-powered, select fire model is absolutely true to the Uzi design in virtually every detail and operating feature. It is as real as it gets in airguns.

Although Uzi construction is simple by design, right down to this latest CO2 model, Uziel Gal put a lot of forethought into the gun’s original engineering. Intended to lower manufacturing costs and make them easier to build, the Uzi receiver is stamped out of flat steel and then formed around dies. The series of long ridges stamped into the sides of the receiver are not just for looks but actually serve to strengthen the receiver’s flats against impact and damage. Unlike conventional rifles or sub machineguns the Uzi’s magazine inserts through the pistol grip, just like a semiautomatic handgun, creating a better center of balance for one-handed operation and making the Uzi easier to reload. Gal noted that the idea of placing the magazine into the grip occurred to him after he had seen soldiers in the field fumbling in low light or dark of night to insert a magazine into the receiver of a rifle. He believed that placing it into the pistol grip, which was already in one’s hand, would make it much easier. He was right.

All of the 9x19mm select fire features of the Mini Uzi are duplicated in this all metal construction air pistol. Note the authentic ridges stamped into the sides of the receiver to strengthen the flats against impact and damage.

All of the 9x19mm select fire features of the Mini Uzi are duplicated in this all metal construction air pistol. Note the authentic ridges stamped into the sides of the receiver to strengthen the flats against impact and damage.

Another distinctive feature is the Uzi’s folding stock, combined with the gun’s central pistol grip and magazine well, the Uzi can be made as compact as possible for carry and ease of use when fired offhand or from the waist, yet, by simply pulling the folded shoulder rest into position the gun can be rapidly converted into a shoulder-fired weapon. Of course this is not legal on civilian Uzi pistols in the U.S. (without a lot of paperwork and a Class III license) thus the 1.77 model is the only U.S. legal Uzi Subgun or pistol available with a folding shoulder stock.

All of the features including the front and rear sights, muzzle, and top-mounted charging handle are virtually identical to the real 9mm models. Thus, one needs to treat carrying and shooting this gun with the same respect.

All of the features including the front and rear sights, muzzle, and top-mounted charging handle are virtually identical to the real 9mm models. Thus, one needs to treat carrying and shooting this gun with the same respect.

The 9mm Uzi uses a blowback mechanism with a bolt that wraps around (shrouds) the back of the barrel; a design, although not unique to the Uzi, that contributes to reducing the overall length of the weapon. Uzi .22 rimfire pistols and carbines use a closed bolt blowback operated semi-auto action, and employ the same operating controls and pistol grip safety as the 9mm. These same design fundamentals are used in building the all metal air pistol version as well, even the grip safety. In order for the air pistol to discharge the grip safety must be fully compressed, just like the cartridge models. This feature was added by Gal to the original design as a preventative measure against accidental discharge if a weapon was inadvertently dropped in combat.

The pistol grip and forend grip are high impact plastic construction like the cartridge model Uzi and the grip incorporates a working safety that has to be depressed for the pistol to operate.

The pistol grip and forend grip are high impact plastic construction like the cartridge model Uzi and the grip incorporates a working safety that has to be depressed for the pistol to operate.

The Uzi .177 Subgun is as close in measurements and operation as possible to an original c.1980’s version. The correct-style charging handle is mounted on top of the receiver and reciprocates with each shot, and the ejection port on the right side of the receiver opens as if an empty shell case were being extracted. The Mini Uzi air pistol has the same look and feel as the 9x19mm with an all metal receiver, a rear sight with two flip-up apertures, original style plastic pistol grips and forend, even the MINI UZI and IWI imprint on the back of the receiver.

“Safe”, semi-auto “R”, and automatic “A”, fire selector switch are at the top of the grips.

“Safe”, semi-auto “R”, and automatic “A”, fire selector switch is at the top of the grip.

This select fire version perfectly duplicates the 9mm design with a “Safe”, semi-auto “R”, and automatic “A”, fire selector switch. The magazine release (below) at the bottom center of the grip is also a carbon copy of the cartridge-firing version. For even greater authenticity, steel magazines hold both the CO2 capsule and 25 BBs so reloading is authentic right down to the smallest detail.

With the stock extended the overall length of the Mini Uzi air pistol is 23.5 inches. With the full auto version (shown) extra magazines are recommended. They sell for $40.

With the stock extended the overall length of the Mini Uzi air pistol is 23.5 inches. With the full auto version extra magazines are recommended. They sell for $40.

With a weight (including magazine) of 4.85 lbs., the gun has a 5.6 inch barrel and an overall length (with open shoulder stock) of 23.5 inches (13.4 inches with the stock folded). It’s safe to say you can expect to see a lot of these Uzi air pistols subbing for the real thing in films and television shows…not that you’ll know it! (SFX teams add in sound and muzzle flash during editing for TV and movies.)

Uziel Gal believed that building the magazine well it into the pistol grip, which was already in one’s hand, would make it much easier to reload in combat and low light situations.

Uziel Gal believed that building the magazine well it into the pistol grip, which was already in one’s hand, would make it much easier to reload in combat and low light situations.

Airing out the Mini Uzi

At a combat distance of 7-yards (21feet) the average range for consistent accuracy with blowback action BB pistols, the Uzi put 20 .177 cal. Hornady Black Diamond steel BBs into an area measuring 0.75 inches. The gun has enough weight and balance in the hand that in full auto mode it feels like the real thing with the reciprocating bolt. It takes one CO2 capsule for each load of 25 steel BBs if you want to fire on full auto, about two loads on semi-auto. That CO2 has a big job to do operating the action. With a few magazines loaded and ready the Uzi air pistol is as quick as a 9mm to operate and reload, but a whole lot less expensive! This is the one live action BB gun of all the latest models available, that you just have to own.

4 thoughts on “Umarex Uzi .177 caliber Subgun

  1. Dennis,

    Neat as this full auto BB firing Uzi is, I’d rather have a semi-auto blowback .177 or .22 lead pellet firing Thompson submachine rifle with either or both drum and stick magazine options. I know the Thompson rifles are available as airsoft, but I really would prefer pellet firing versions.


    • This is about as los as it gets to the real deal.My first select fire was the Mauser 712 , which now is more carbine like with a replica shoulder stock . The Uzi is the next step up. Is a co2 hog but still cheaper than 9mm. No chance of the real firearm in my class 3 less state ofNY. I was impressed with the recoil of this bad boy. Hopefully we will see more select fireairguns I would like to see a grease gun, MP 38, M2 Carbine ,AK and the king ,theThompson


  2. I finally bought my Uzi BB submachine pistol in February 2017 and just got to shoot it for the first time today. This Uzi is an excellent CO2 BB pistol! It’s unfortunate that it doesn’t have an accessory rail on top for optics or a dot sight. However, the Uzi looks like it has some kind of rail under the front grip. So tell me Dennis, if I remove the front grip, is there a rail to which I could mount a laser or other accessory?


    • Nope, no Picatinny rail under the front grips. Not sure what that short ziz zag protection at the front is for but not for any conventional rail mount accessory light or laser. And the gun looks odd with the front grips off.


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