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Uzi .45 ACP.

* Before we get this evaluation underway, I'd like to set everyone's mind at ease and asure you that I have no intention of dredging up the 9mm vs. .45 ACP controversy. To my mind it is a no-win, philosophical question akin to the classic "how many angels can dance on the head of a pin" conundrum.

With the disclaimer out of the way, we can now relax and have some fun with the new .45 ACP Uzi.

To begin with, the gun offers basically no new surprises other than the larger caliber. In fact, with the exception of a bigger hole in the barrel, a slightly staggered 16-round mag, different markings, and innards altered to take the .45 ACP, it is vertually identical to the Parabellum carbine--which is about as good as you'll get.

In fact (at the risk of getting ahead of myself), one of the tests of the .45 involved refitting the pertinent parts in a 9mm receiver to see if they would actually function (they do).

Because the Uzi keeps reinforcing its status as one of the world's great SMGs, it seems almost superfluous to reiterate the basics; however, for those of you who have been spending the last few years in the Chateau d'If, perhaps a small catechism is warranted.

The Uzi semi-auto "carbine" is blow-back-operated and fires from a closed bolt using a floating firing pin. In its standard configuration the arm is fitted with askeletonized stock which folds up neatly beneath the rear portion of the receiver.

Sights involve a flip-over rear peep graduated to 100 and 200 meters, and a hooded post front which is adjustable for height. Safeties include a two-position sliding button located above and to the rear of the trigger, and a grip safety. To comply with federal regs, the barrel has been stretched to 16.1 inches. (The barrel on the SMG measures 2-1/2 inches.e

There you have the basic rundown. For those of you who are even more spec-minded, I refer you to the chart accompanying this article. You might note the figures (with the exception of magazine capacity) are idential for the 9mm and .45 models.

For our shooting test at the Angeles range in Tujunga, California, we took along a wide spectrum of .45 ammo including Sampson 185-grain JHP, Winchester 185-grain Silvertip, Federal 185-grain wadcutter, Winchester 230-grain hardball and Frontier 185-grain JHP. The first impression one gets of the .45 Uzi is the extreme stoutness of the magazine spring. I must admit one needs thumbs of iron to force the full complement of 16 rounds against the follower. The people at Action Arms have told me, however, that a magazine loading tool and a mag with a lighter spring will be available when the gun hits the market.

The test gun was fired using both the open sights and the new Mark V Electronic Point Sight, also available from Action Arms. If you'll pardon some digression, a bit of info about this spiffy piece of optics is probably warranted at this point. Weighing just 5-1/2 ounces, the MArk V employs a pair of mercury (RM 64OH) batteries for illumiantion of its red dot. The scope takes standard 1-inch rings, which makes it ideal for mounting to standard rifles, pistols and shotguns. The aluminum tube is nitrogen filled and capped on each end with multicoated glass lenses. There is no magnification, which is totally appropriate for this point-style sighting arrangement.

Because of the time schedule involved, we were forced to use a prototype mount which has since been discarded in favor of a simpler, less bulky arrangement made by Firearms Accessories. Naturally the production mount came the day after we fired the Uzi and imminent press time did not allow us to give the gun a run-through with the updated assembly. Both mounts are shown, though, for your information, and you can expect an impression of the fixture in a future issue.

To alleviate the suspense, I'll simply say that the Uzi shot well with just about all the ammo we put through it. Our best group of the day, which measured 1-3/8 inches, was fired with the Sampson fodder at 40 yards with iron sights.

Using the same ammo at the same range, the Mak V produced a 1-7/8-inch spread which isn't too bad for a contrivance that is basically intended for rapid target acquisition. This it does surprisingly well. At distances varying from 25 to 100 yards, the bullets literally hit wherever the dot fell.

The .45 Uzi runs $659, and the Mark V scope $183.50. A Mark V mount will cost you an additional $56, plus $9 for Uzi-compatible rings; however, you can use virtually any standard 1-inch ring.

If you already have a 9mm Uzi, the folks at Action Arms will offer a .45 conversion kit, though as of this writing, a price has not been settled upon. Also, Action is experimenting with extended magazines, to include a spiral-style in the manner of the Parabellum "snail drum."

For those of you who like the Uzi, but prefer the added accuracy and punch of the .45 ACP (whoops, I said I wouldn't get into that), the new "big bore" is more than an excellent choice for plinking or home defense.
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Title Annotation:evaluation
Author:James, Garry
Publication:Guns & Ammo
Date:Nov 1, 1985
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