The Firearm Blog has put up a review of the Uzi Pro Pistol, and, spoiler alert, it doesn’t go well for the UPP.
They are slightly unkind in the sense that this gun was clearly meant as an SBR starter, not a real pistol, but it’s hard to argue with their critique otherwise.
According to a Facebook post by IWI-US, the Galil ACE release has been delayed:
As all of you know, we have been seriously delayed in bringing the Galil ACE to market. Suffice to say that we believe it is better to delay deliveries if a problem is discovered, rather than bring the product to market prematurely. (Most of the issues encountered were in converting full auto to semi-auto configuration.) In any case, here is our revised delivery schedule (which could still be modified if necessary):
Galil ACE pistol in 7.62x39mm – September, 2015
Galil ACE pistol w/Stabilizing Brace, 7.62x39mm – October, 2015
Galil ACE rifle, 7.62x39mm – late October/early November, 2015
Galil ACE pistol in 7.62 NATO – January, 2016
Galil ACE pistol w/Stabilizing Brace, 7.62 NATO – February, 2016
Galil ACE rifle, 7.62 NATO – March, 2016
Galil ACE 5.56 NATO – 2nd Quarter 2016
We apologize for these delays, but again, we want to make sure that what we bring to market meets our standards and your expectations.
I am not surprised, given the delays the Tavor and Uzi Pro had. I am also slightly skeptical of the reasons given, too – converting AK platforms to semi-auto is a well-known problem that is easily solved by widely-available parts. The parts diagram of the Galil ACE that I’ve seen doesn’t really seem to suggest that the FCG is any different than the Galil’s, either. Personally, I would theorize some sort of import-related issue, especially with the suggested uncertainty of even this revised delivery schedule.
On the other hand, this is good news in the sense that the pistol version is going to be out in 2-3 months, in time for the holiday buying season. That should be good news for the IWI-US bottom line.
The Uzi Pro pistol is now “in the wild” and available for purchase. There are a number of them on Gunbroker, the lowest price being about $900 shipped.
The interesting thing here is that they look slightly different than the pre-release models we’ve seen previously – it looks like there is some sort of covered stock/”brace” attachment dovetail at the back. A best case scenario here would be that it can fit a regular Uzi Pro stock, which would then be presumably imported by IWI. In a less optimal case, I’m sure the aftermarket could figure something out – just have the mechanism to attach the stock is a big deal. Combine that with a folding grip, and you could have a cool SBR.
Of course, the really best case scenario would be a full-on 922r-compliant SBR kit with a US-made extended barrel, Israeli Uzi Pro lower, and Israeli Uzi Pro stock… but I really doubt that’s happening.
RoverDave, a well-respected mod at the UziTalk forum, has posted that the Uzi Pro Pistol will be shipping in “2-4” weeks. If this pans out, we should be seeing Uzi Pro Pistols in stores by mid-to-late July. Sig brace versions will apparently follow “shortly after”, although I suspect “shortly after” might be “never”, given the recent BATFE statements on the braces.
You’ll recall that the Uzi Pro Pistol has an MSRP of $1109, so street prices will most like be around $900 once initial demand comes down. This is a lot of money, but the original Action Arms Uzi Pistols still sell for $1250 or more on Gunbroker, so there may be a market. I know I’m planning on picking one up!
While I would probably take any review from a national defense industry publication with a grain of salt, I just found an older article from Israel Defense that reviewed the new-ish 7.62×51 Negev NG7. Spoiler alert: they liked it a lot.
But, in fairness, the NG7 sounds like a hell of a gun. The NG7 is lighter than an M249 SAW, while packing a significantly bigger punch (7.62×51, instead of 5.56×45) and being far more comfortable to carry and hold.
While reviewing the product catalogs from Magnum Research and IWI-US, I noticed that neither of them are going to be importing the “compact” versions of either the BDE III or the Jericho. Perhaps they don’t feel these guns can compete in the concealed-carry marketplace? Assuming that Magnum Research drops the BDE II line, there will no longer be an option for a compact-size Jericho on the market.
Battle Ready International, however, did mention to me that they were trying to import the BUL M-5 Ultra-X, so there may be some hope in the future. The BUL M-5 Ultra-X will no doubt be expensive, but it is arguably the best choice out there for an “officer”-size double stack 9mm 1911.
Please note, though, that MR and IWI-US will both be releasing “semi-compact” guns that feature a shorter barrel/slide with the same-sized grip. These are perfectly fine guns, but many find them less usable for concealed carry due to the long(er) grip.
The IWI-US website has been updated with the new Galil ACE, Uzi Pro pistol, and Jericho pistol models. No surprises as far as I can see.
The law enforcement section has listings for the Negev LMG (including short barrel config) and the Uzi Pro SMG, because, as you know, law enforcement really needs access to light machineguns. Again, nothing new, albeit the Uzi Pro section does a nice job of showing it off.
The least-known handgun made by IMI/IWI is probably the Barak. It was imported ever so briefly by Magnum Research as the SP-21, and then dumped after poor sales. Eventually, it was also removed from the IWI sales catalog as well.
I think this is a tragedy, because the Barak is one of the best polymer hammer-fired handguns ever made.
Continue reading The IMI/IWI Barak
I was recently able to procure two Barak handguns – one an early IMI model, and the other a later IWI model. I have been working on the assumption that the IWI model is a redesign of the IMI model, and not some sort of parallel variant that no one has ever heard of.
I’ve field-stripped both in an effort to determine what differences are between them.
Continue reading Comparing the IMI Barak and the IWI Barak
IWI-US has released the new 2015 catalog of their products. While there are no surprises in there, there are still some nice pictures to leaf through. I will admit to being mildly disturbed by the concept of trying to sell the Negev (a belt-fed light machinegun) to law enforcement, though.
If you want more Israeli gun porn, there’s also BUL Transmark’s catalog. Not quite as epic, but still some nice 1911s and Tanfoglios to look at.