The Israel Military Industries (IMI) Mini-UZI is a smaller, more compact basic UZI submachine gun. Its smaller shape offers advantages in concealment and portability, and with shorter internal bolts, it allows for a higher rate of fire (950 rounds per minute) than the original (600 rounds per minute).
Delivery of Mini UZI saws started in 1980.
The Mini-UZI was born out of Israel's need for a more compact weapon. The resulting weapon system is nothing more than a scaled-down version of the highly successful, respected, and easily recognizable 9mm form of the UZI submachine gun. Its compactness makes it relatively easy to operate with one hand and easier to carry than ever.
Although it's classified as a submachine gun, the Mini-UZI is more of a "submachine gun" - a weapon class envisioned by war planners as far back as World War I, leading to the submachine gun. Still, Israeli engineers delivered another successful automatic weapon design suitable for the rigors of the modern battlefield.
A key difference is the change in 9mm ballistics.
At only 23.62 inches long, the Mini-UZI proved to be slightly shorter than the base UZI, while also slightly longer than the more compact "Micro-UZI" introduced in 1986. Like the Mini-Uzi, the Micro-Uzi has a higher rate of fire of 1,200 rounds per minute.
The production of Mini-UZI is concentrated in the Israeli military industry from Ramat Hasharon. Mini-UZI is also "Mini ERO" illegally manufactured in Croatia. The "mini uzi carbine" proved to be a civilian model with a 19.8" barrel and was available in the US.
Due to the limitations of the US market, the limitations of this model only include a semi-automatic fire mode.
The Mini-UZI has essentially the same look as its larger sister. It carries a 7.75-inch barrel buried deep in a convenient frame. The pistol grip is straight and accepts typical UZI straight magazines through the grip base.
The trigger is located in a box-shaped trigger guard below the rectangular receiver. The receiver itself is basically the entire length of the weapon, save for the foldable wire shoulder rest. When not in use, the stock folds to the side of the receiver. Like the base UZI, the Mini-UZI uses the 9x19mm Parabellum cartridge.
Magazine lengths vary by operator and mission type, from a dedicated 20-round capacity to standard 25- and 32-round UZI magazines. The curb weight is listed as just over 5 pounds. Muzzle velocity is rated at 1,150 feet per second.
Notable Mini-UZI operators include Brazil, Croatia, Estonia, Haiti, Honduras, India, Israel, Peru and Romania.
- Close Combat (CQB) / Personal Protection
470 mm (18.50 in)
260 mm (10.24 in)
1,150 ft/s (351 m/s)
950 rounds per minute
492 ft (150 m; 164 yd)
Mini-UZI - Basic Series Name
Mini ERO - Illegal Croatian production name for Mini-UZI.
Mini-UZI Carbine - Mini-UZI sold on the US civilian market; semi-automatic fire only.