Airsoft Action 07 - Mar 2012 - Page 26

KWC MINI UZI A s iconic weapons go, the IMI (Israel Military Industries) UZI is up there with the best of them. Just as everybody says ‘Hoover’ when talking about a vacuum cleaner (or ‘Dyson’ in recent years), the Uzi became the byword for every submachine pistol of the late 1970s and 80s. The first Uzi submachine gun was designed by Major Uziel Gal in the late 1940s. The prototype was finished in 1950 and first introduced to IDF (Israeli Defense Force) Special Forces in 1954. Although countless millions of defence dollars are spent promoting a new weapons system it only takes an iconic 026 March 2012 Ron Mahoney’s had KWC’s replica of the IMI Mini UZI out in the field to see just how it performs moment in a weapons’ life and you have the kind of publicity money cannot buy. For example, when pictures of the SAS storming the Iranian Embassy flashed around the world, Heckler & Koch probably rested a little on its laurels in terms of promotional budget for the MP5. The Uzi really had two iconic moments. First was the daring rescue of Israeli passengers from the terminal building at Ugandan airport Entebbe. Operation Thunderbolt, or The Raid on Entebbe as it became known, involved 100 Israeli commandos who flew over 2,500 miles in four Israeli Air Force C-130 Hercules to Uganda.