Mag of the Month: IMI UZI 25-round

One of the first domestically designed firearms to emerge from the newly-formed nation of Israel was the UZI submachine gun. Chambered in 9mm parabellum and operating VIA direct blowback, the UZI was a light-recoiling, ultra-reliable weapon that tolerated the rough desert conditions of the Middle East.

Before the era of the MP5, the UZI was the gold standard of submachine guns and was adopted by more police, security, and military forces during the 1960s than any other. Despite being introduced in the 1950s the UZI remains in production to this day with more than 10,000,000 having been built.

The last part is especially fortuitous to fans of pistol caliber carbines, UZIs, or just bargain-priced firearms products in general. Because the gun was produced in such incredible numbers, surplus UZI magazines in good conditions are plentiful and affordable.

What’s better, with IWI start-up production of UZI pistols and carbines, these little mags are a fantastic investment if a shooter is leaning towards buying a little UZI in the future. (Or one of the countless 9mm pistol caliber carbines that use these mags)

These all-steel, double-stack, staggered-column magazines hold 25 rounds of 9mm, and could double as a melee weapon they’re so tough. One of the most underrated aspects of these mags is that because of their linear construction, it’s very easy to clean them if they become heavily fouled up. This is especially important for shooters who run their UZI pistols, carbines, or SBRs with a sound suppressor, as doing so compounds how quickly they become dirty.

Also, owners of the Tavor or X95 carbines that also own the 9mm caliber conversion kit, can modify these mags to run in their guns, by cutting a properly-sized notch in the right location. The same can be said of Colt 9mm AR-15’s as well, and even the 9mm Steyr AUG’s 9mm conversion.

Regardless of what system a shooter runs, the UZI mag is a robust, rock-solid way to reliably feed 9mm ammo to it.

Jim is a freelance writer for dozens of firearm publications, the host of the YouTube channel Burst Review and the youngest author to write a cover story for Shotgun News in its 86-years of operation. Jim loves anything that goes, ‘boom’ but particularly enjoys military firearms from the Cold War and WW2. When he’s not slinging lead downrange he can be round hiking in the mountains with his wife Kim and their vicious attack dog, Peanut.

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One thought on “Mag of the Month: IMI UZI 25-round

  1. Great Info, I have a Colt-pattern AR-9 and this may come in handy!

    I’m sure you guys also know that the Euro-Spec 9mm magazine for handguns is darn near universal in lots of handguns, I have found Browning Hi Power, Beretta, CZ and others use the same mag body. Same thing for the 40 S&W at least the Beretta and CZ are the same and as far as I know it’s the same mag as the 9mm except for the feed lips spacing. Mec-Gar makes all of these I believe, and lots of other lesser mfg’s must make them too. I have physically verified the ones listed above by name, but I suspect Taurus works the same way, the Beretta 92 copy just has a different mag notch location. So I have read.

    That would be another article for GMW!

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