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CLOSE QUARTERS | Vol. 1, Issue 3 View in browser
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THE UZI® PRO: A SYMBOL OF FREEDOM IS BACK THE NRA VISITS THE PROMISED LAND TAVOR® TACTICAL COMBAT KNIFE ON SALE
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Now shipping, the UZI® Pro is the latest evolution of this storied design, featuring the most advanced technologies.
 
THE UZI® PRO: A SYMBOL OF FREEDOM IS BACK
 
For many Israelis the UZI® symbolizes freedom. In fact, it was adopted by the IDF just three short years after the nation of Israel was created and the Jewish people had been returned to their homeland after the defeat of Hitler. Ever since then it’s been used to defend the lives, freedom and country of Israel.

During the Six Day War when all hell broke loose on June 5, 1967 and Israel was attacked from all sides, the UZI® was there. Its compact size and firepower was instrumental in clearing bunkers and enemy defensive positions.

Not only did the UZI® fight for freedom in Israel, it fought for freedom and defended people in over 90 countries worldwide. Almost every law enforcement agency or military has adopted it at some point. With over 2 million units sold, it’s the most popular submachine gun ever.

Part of what’s made the UZI® so popular is the heavyweight punch it packs into a compact body. This is made possible by its revolutionary bolt which allows the magazine to be stored in the pistol grip and the long barrel to be housed compactly. Its unique folding stock can instantly give the gun rifle-like stability and accuracy.

These characteristics made it the preferred weapon for diplomatic protection by the U.S. Secret Service for decades.

On March 30, 1981 when John Hinckley attempted to assassinate Ronald Reagan and the streets of Washington D.C. became a mass of chaos, the Secret Service was there with the UZI® (seen above right) to protect the rear of the President’s limo as it sped to safety. Secret Service members kept an UZI® concealed in a briefcase and deployed it within seconds of the attempt, foiling any further attack and keeping the President safe.

The UZI® has fought for freedom and defended liberty for over five decades. Through the years it has gone through many evolutions, from replacing the original wooden stock with the rapid deploying folding metal stock to the introduction of the Mini UZI® and later the Micro UZI®. Today, IWI US introduces the world to the UZI®’s newest generation of freedom fighter, the UZI® Pro.
 
Based on the famous UZI® SMG, the UZI® Pro is purpose-built with only one goal: uncompromising performance and reliability on a simple and robust design. This 9mm Luger Parabellum semi-automatic version for the American public features an advanced polymer pistol grip that 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 mounted below the barrel for additional accessories.
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9mm Luger Parabellum (9x19mm)
Blowback operation from closed bolt
Cold-hammer forged CrMoV
4.5"
9.5"
3.66 lbs.
Adjustable target sights
(1) 20 RND and (1) 25 RND, 32 RND also available
$1,109.00 (base model), $1,309.00 (with folding brace)
Group photo from range day of (L-R) Assaf Elias (IWI Executive Director), four IWI Israel Marketing Support Team members, Michael Kassnar, Brian Sheetz with Negev®, Jake Stocke, Tony Morrison and Ed Friedman with Negev®.
 
THE NRA VISITS THE PROMISED LAND
 
As many of you probably already know, we are a subsidiary of Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) Ltd. based out of Ramat HaSharon, Israel. IWI Ltd. started in 2005 after the Israeli government decided to spin off and privatize the small arms division of Israel Military Industries (IMI) Ltd. It is here that the joint R&D team of IWI and the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) continue to develop small arms to fight global terrorism and protect life and liberty. The civilian commercial versions that we at IWI US provide to the American public all began as an idea back in Israel.

Occasionally we are able to bring our partners from America to Israel to see where it all began. Earlier this month, we were given this opportunity yet again. This time, it was our friends from the NRA that got the golden ticket. It is always a pleasure for us to show off what we’re up to over in Israel, but this time was even more special; this was our opportunity to show the NRA that we at IWI US are a leading firearms company that they should pay attention to.

We brought our guests of honor to the IWI factory for a tour and a range day. We think their following remarks speak for themselves:

Shooting Illustrated Editor-in-Chief Ed Friedman said that “visiting the IWI factory in Ramat HaSharon was truly eye-opening. The plant is as modern as any in the US, and the company’s quality control is second to none. I don’t think most Americans have a concept of just how important IWI is on the global market and how important it is certain to be in the US, too.”

American Rifleman Magazine Senior Executive Editor Brian Sheetz elaborated, “After my recent visit
   to the IWI facility in Israel, I can say without equivocation that it is a world-class manufacturer taking great pains to ensure the quality and reliability of every component that goes into its broad line of firearms—a crucial point considering that IWI’s clientele ranges from frontline soldiers in the IDF to enthusiastic American consumers seeking genuine military-grade firearms.”

The NRA team was given the opportunity to test drive the new Galil ACE®UZI® Pro, Jericho® and the Negev® LMG in 5.56 NATO and 7.62 NATO at our test range.

“Having the opportunity to shoot pretty much every gun IWI make, as well as some it used to make, was the chance of a lifetime, and our Israeli instructors were top-notch. Seeing how guns like the X95 perform was one of the many highlights of this amazing and important trip,” remarked Ed.

Brian echoed Ed’s comments, “On the range, every firearm in the IWI line performed exactly as expected of a true military-grade gun. Every time I pulled the trigger the guns functioned as designed and scored hits on the target as long as I did my part. In firing thousands of rounds of ammunition through platforms as diverse as the UZI® Pro 9mm Luger pistol, the Tavor® bullpup rifle in 5.56x45mm (5.56 NATO) and 9mm Luger Parabellum and the Negev® LMG in 5.56 NATO, 7.62x51mm (7.62 NATO) belt-fed machine gun, I experienced zero malfunctions.”

A trip to the Promised Land isn’t complete without visits to Masada and Jerusalem. We visited both of these incredible and emotional destinations that allowed us to get a full picture of Israel today.
 
(Left) Shooting Illustrated Editor-in-Chief Ed Friedman firing suppressed UZI® Pro SMG (Center) American Rifleman Magazine Senior Executive Editor Brian Sheetz and Gilad Zeitouni (IWI Israel Marketing Support Manager) with new Galil ACE® (Right) 9/11 Living Memorial Plaza in Ramot, Jerusalem, the only such memorial located outside the U.S.
Regularly priced at $324.99, the IWI Tavor® Tactical Combat Knife is now on sale for $229.99 for a limited time.
 
 TAVOR® TACTICAL COMBAT KNIFE ON SALE
 
The IWI Tavor® Tactical Combat Knife, designed and manufactured by Guardian Tactical, is now being offered for just $229.99—a 29% markdown—for a limited time. A collaboration between the U.S. Protective Service and Guardian Tactical Chief Designer, Andrew Buerk created a combat folding knife made from CPM-154 steel with all black stainless steel hardware. Dual Arc Rapid Deployment thumb studs, an idea developed by the U.S. Protective Service, allows one-handed, rapid knife deployment. A 16-ball bearing system ensures a solid lock-up and no side-to-side play. The folder measures 9-inches with a blade length of 4-inches. Each knife is individually numbered and comes in a soft IWI-branded bag with a 100% Lifetime Warranty serviced by Guardian Tactical.
Nathan Poplawski with his Tavor® and his children (L-R) Adyline, Thomas and Brennen at the range.
 
 YOUNG AND EDUCATED
 
Last month we asked you to submit photos of yourselves shooting with your dad or children in honor of Father’s Day with the chance to win an IWI hat. One of the first photos we received was sent in by Nathan Poplawski of Ephrata, WA, seen above.

Pictured with his Tavor® (nicknamed “Annie”) and children, from left to right, Adyline (age 13), Thomas (16) and Brennen (13), Nathan and his battle-ready kids had just finished a day on the range and decided to celebrate with a fun family photo.

Nathan, who has been in law enforcement, both reserve and full-time, for more than 17 years owns a small shooting school and taught all of his children gun safety from an early age. “I believe that proper exposure removes the mystery and training minimizes the risk of an accident," he told us.

Nathan went on to note his children’s trigger discipline in the photo and enthusiasm for shooting, further stating “they were quick studies and enjoy range days.”

Have you taught your kids how to shoot? Send us an email at joe@lauraburgess.com with the subject line ‘Close Quarters’ and tell us what motivated you to educate your children about firearms. We’ll include the best responses from readers in next month’s newsletter.
We would like to issue a correction for a story published in last month's newsletter featuring the winner of our first photo contest in which the winner was misidentified. His last name is Fitzpatrick, not Fitzgerald.
IWI US, Inc. is the USA subsidiary of Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) Ltd. of Ramat Hasharon, Israel and a member of the SK Group, a leading defense and security group of companies that operate in the global defense and security markets. Products include Tavor®, NEGEV®, Galil ACE®, UZI® Pro and Jericho®.
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