Road to SHOT Show 2015: UZI Pro

| January 7, 2015 | 7 Comments


I’ve written about wanting to see the UZI Pro at SHOT Show before.

SHOT Show 2014, that is.

It turns out that IWI didn’t want to show the UZI Pro last year, and this year their hype machine is in full effect.

I’m going to go see it, but similar to the CZ “pistol,” I don’t think the UZI Pro is going to endear itself to me.

Here’s why:

  • Price. The MSRP on the UZI Pro is going to be just under $1100 USD. That’s … that’s insane, even at Sandy Hook prices. Add in optics, spare magazines, tax stamp, and stock, and I’m guessing a minimum of $1700 to before you’ve fired your first shot.
  • Grip safety. My 1911 has a grip safety, and that’s how it was designed over 100 years ago, but I am not interested in a new firearm that has one. I’ve watched students encounter problems with the grip safeties on 1911 pistols as well as XD pistols and I don’t want one on a modern firearm.
  • New magazines. I don’t want to have to spend a ton of money buying new magazines. UZI magazines are plentiful and inexpensive. I am not sure how much the Pro mags will cost, but it’s easy to find 25-round and 32-round UZI mags for $9 and $20, respectively.
  • I will believe it when I see it. The Pro was supposed to be available for live fire demo last year. It wasn’t even on the trade show floor. I hope to handle one this year (and measure it compared to the MasterPiece Arms MPA930SST) but I’m not holding my breath.

Maybe I’ll be writing about it again for SHOT Show 2016.



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  1. David says:

    1. Street is going to be ~$1050 for the brace version. Stamp+engrave is $260 around here. Real question is how much the stock is going to run. If it’s just a quick replacement for the brace, you could possibly get away with $1400 or so. It really depends on IWI-US or some other party offering the stock.
    2. OK, not only do I agree with this, I’d say that the Uzi’s grip is way too damn fat. I hope the Pro is slimmer.
    3. As far as I know, this uses ASC Colt-style 9mm mags, like the Tavor. These are pretty cheap, and work with a few different platforms.
    4. It will be there. The bit of history you’re missing is that the first batch of UPPs had some trouble staying semi-auto when firing. IWI-US told IWI to work on the QC. What we’re seeing is the improved batch.

    Now, don’t get me wrong, I’d kill for a version that took plain-jane Uzi mags. IWI had a design for such a lower at some point, but I guess they went in another direction after the Tavor’s 9mm conversion. It’s undeniable that the US market generally prefer Colt-style mags, even though you and I seem to like unmodified Uzi mags better.

  2. B R Kurtz B R Kurtz says:

    The side cocking knob is a huge mistake! It makes the gun too fat. While being on the left may seem appealing, it won’t once you try to sling it and the knob keep poking you. I understand the urge to want a top rail for optics EXCEPT this isn’t a Go To War SMG like a full size UZI. Rather its a compact or maybe sub-compact SMG in the same category as a Vz61 Skorpion.

    The bottom rail is another questionable feature on a “micro” sized SMG. What is it for? A light? A Laser? _____? I can think of nothing Id want on a gun of this type. AGAIN I’ll suggest its NOT a Go To War gun, its a compact carry gun and should be kept “Clean”. It wont be used at 100m ranges BUT will be a happy companion at room distances. At those ranges I.D.-ing Friend/Foe should be obvious.

    A folding charging handle (think FAL) would be a start BUT a top mounted handle as on the original UZIs would be better. At room distances optics wont be as important as be having it handy in a bag without a bulge sticking out to grab onto everything on the way out.

    IMI blew this one, about the only thing worse would be if they made it for Glock mags…

    • Short Barrel Shepherd Short Barrel Shepherd says:

      IMI blew this one, about the only thing worse would be if they made it for Glock mags…


      Why do you think the Glock mags would have made it worse? The angle of the magazine? Not arguing, just curious.

    • David says:

      “its a compact carry gun” – in what universe? It weighs 3.6 pounds and is 9.5″ long. It’s much more comparable to a Desert Eagle than a Glock 19.

      The Uzi Pro Pistol has no serious uses. It is way too damn big to carry as a sidearm, and has no meaningful advantages over a G17 or G19. If IWI-US sucks it up and releases an SBR kit, I guess it would make an interesting SBR, but that’s about it.

  3. Steve K says:

    I’m interested. It’s almost beautiful in it’s clunky, ugliness. Folding brace looks good. Pricey…means I’ll be waiting for some unbiased reviews before I jump in.

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