The Uzi is a family of submachine-guns using an open-bolt, blowback system. The 9mm cartridge, firing weapon is one of the first to use a telescoping bolt, a bolt that wraps around the end of a barrel, which allows the magazine to be held on the pistol grip.

The Uzi was adopted in the 1950s by the Israeli Defense Forces and found its place among all troops. However, it was primarily used by paratroopers and special forces. Captain Uziel Gal designed the weapon after the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. It was cheap and easy to produce, making Israel's premier submachine-gun. The weapon became so popular that it found service in conflicts across the world. Nearly half of the countries in the world use the Uzi and its variants, including the United States, Germany, Kenya, and the Netherlands.