The Uzi is a related family of open bolt, blowback-operated submachine guns made in Israel.


The Uzi was first invented by Major Uziel Gal in 1948, in order to facilitate mass production. A prototype was created in 1950. In 1954, the Uzi was first introduced into the Israeli Defense Forces. In 1956, it was officially placed into general issue within the Israeli military. By the time the 1960s started, and up to the 1980s, the Uzi was the most sold submachine gun in the world, having been sold to over 90 countries worldwide and being adopted into various military and police forces. It was also the first gun to allow for the use of the telescoping bolt design, which allows for its magazine to be used in the pistol grip of a shorter weapon, a feature that wasn't seen since the Japanese Type II machine pistol.


Warning: The following information is from outside Hideo Kojima's core "Metal Gear Saga." It has some level of canonicity within the continuity, but reader discretion is advised.[?]

San Hieronymo Incident

Main article: San Hieronymo Incident

During the San Hieronymo Incident, Big Boss's resistance group managed to procure an Uzi at an assembly plant on the San Hieronymo Peninsula.

Non-"Metal Gear Saga" information ends here.

Guns of the Patriots Incident

See also: Liquid Sun, Solid Sun, Third Sun, Twin Suns, Old Sun, and Naked Sin/Naked Son

In the TV advertisement for the UK-based PMC Praying Mantis, the biker being pursued by the giant Praying Mantis mech was carrying a Uzi, and eventually used it in a futile attempt to ward the mech off before being impaled after crashing their bike.[note 1]

Behind the scenes

The Uzi was first mentioned in the manual for Snake's Revenge, the non-canonical sequel to the original Metal Gear, where it is stated to have been used by Higharolla Kockamamie's forces.

The Uzi made its first appearance in Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops. In the European version of the game, and its expansion Portable Ops Plus, the Uzi is called the U-SMG.

"An Israeli-made submachine gun, the Uzi is designed to facilitate mass production--appropriate for a country like Israel, which faces difficulty in importing weapons.
The Uzi is also extremely reliable, crafted such that it rarely malfunctions in dusty environments. Although it fires from an open bolt, the Uzi boasts respectable accuracy, enabling head shots at close range. Uses 9x19 ammo.
―Uzi weapon description in Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops

Both the standard and micro variants of the Uzi appear in the Praying Mantis commercial for Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, when starting a new game.


  1. ^ Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, Kojima Productions (2008).
    Exactly which Uzi the biker used is unknown. In the beginning, the Uzi was a full sized version, but in the rest of the commercial, it was a Micro Uzi variant.