IWI US Inc., recently announced it will soon introduce two additions to the venerable UZI line.
Two versions of the UZI PRO Pistol will be available in the US. The first is the basic UZI Pro pistol. There will also be an UZI PRO Pistol equipped with a side-folding Stabilizing Brace, known as the UZI PRO SB.
The brace produced exclusively for IWI US by SB Tactical LLC, designers and manufacturers of the original SB15 and SB47 pistol stabilizing braces.
The UZI PRO Pistol and UZI PRO Pistol SB feature the most advanced firearms technologies. Based on the famous UZI submachine gun, the UZI PRO is purpose-built with only one goal – uncompromising performance and reliability on a robust design, IWI US officials say.
The UZI brand is world renowned with sales of over 2 million carbines and pistols worldwide since 1963. Visitors to the 2015 SHOT Show in Las Vegas in January will get the first look at these new IWI handguns.
The UZI SMG was designed and patented by Uziel Gal, who gave the production rights to the Israeli Ministry of Defense. After initial testing by the IDF, the Ordnance Corps ordered 8,000 units of the iconic 9mm platform.
These UZI Pro versions sport an advanced polymer pistol grip that reduces weight and incorporates an integrated magazine release button for fast and easy magazine changes.
The cocking handle is located on the receiver side allowing for a full-length Picatinny rail on the top receiver cover. A short Picatinny rail is also incorporated into the polymer body, mounted below the barrel for additional accessory placement.
The new UZI PRO and UZI PRO SB feature three safety mechanisms; a conventional manual thumb safety, a firing pin block and a proven grip safety that must be fully depressed before the gun can be cocked and fired.
The UZI PRO Pistol will retail for $1,109. The UZI PRO SB will sell for $1,309.