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Old 02-13-2018, 02:27 PM   #1
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Default Building or Buying an UZI

Recently I saw an UZI kit for $150. So I thought to myself, could I build an UZI rifle for a reasonable price? How hard could it be?

After doing about an hour of research, I basically found that it would cost $700-$800 to do the build how I wanted. [It could be cheaper if I welded myself but I don't have access to a welder. Also Mckay's parts look like the way to go.]

Atlantic has their RMUZ UZI for $999 built by a professional with a nice finish on it already. https://www.atlanticfirearms.com/com....html?Itemid=0

In today's market with the price to build one being about what I quoted, vs $1k for an UZI rifle already built with a 1 year warranty, which one do you think would be the better buy?
I'm not asking you to compare these options to the $400 UZI you bought in the 90's. I also don't foresee UZI builds getting any cheaper in the future. So if you were going to snag one of these iconic firearms in the near future, which would you choose? Or are there other options?
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Old 02-13-2018, 03:42 PM   #2
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Buy

Its the bolt mods, semi parts,and welding that jacks the price. If you can't weld and mod the bolt yourself, you're better off buying
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Old 02-13-2018, 03:54 PM   #3
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You might be able to find a Norinco 320 for a bit less.
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I enjoyed building mine with a MacKay lower.

I just used a good spray can finish and it's held up.

700 ish in the build and the enjoyment of the fitting and tweaking of the parts.
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Old 02-13-2018, 06:44 PM   #5
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if you are trying to save money, just buy it. If you want to learn and get some tools together and get some experience, then build. You building may involve lots of tools that you may not have and may never need.

If you want destination: buy. If you want journey: build.
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if you are trying to save money, just buy it. If you want to learn and get some tools together and get some experience, then build. You building may involve lots of tools that you may not have and may never need.

If you want destination: buy. If you want journey: build.
This is what I was thinking. I just don't know which one originally appealed to me. It was definitely a sporadic thought.

"I'd be possible to build and UZI for cheap." VS "It'd be nice to have an UZI for cheap."

Either way I'm tricking myself into thinking I want an UZI right now.
I need to think on it.
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Norinco.
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I enjoyed building mine, really didn't save much but was more enjoyable. That said building can be like layaway if you buy a part here and there until ready to complete.
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Buy

They are very nice gun even in semi ..Stick with the full size they are as goofy as the micro or mini UZI ( they have very long barrels on them )

One thing you will want to note is stock ..If you want a wood stock etc pick it on the non NFA UZI the stick is not quick detacte so not easy to swap from folding to fixed

Very easy to clean and use gun ..And mags are cheep
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Buy. With patience and a lot of luck you can find preban IWI's at a decent price. I lucked out and grabbed a complete IWI UZI with the plastic case, manual, mags etc for $1200. While not typical it's only a little bit more than asking prices for Norinco 320's and other clones.
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I just built an uzi for about $700 after selling the receiver stubs and full auto bolt. The McKay receiver is nice, but be prepared to need some fitting. Also keep in mind that there's one part that must be welded - the stop plate that keeps the selector out of full auto.
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For those that have UZI experience, which brand would you think would be the best to go with if someone were to just buy one already made? Velocity Arms RMUZ 09 UZI from Atlantic, a Vector Arms UZI, or a Norinco?

Or are all of them equally good to go? I hear good things about all of them.
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For those that have UZI experience, which brand would you think would be the best to go with if someone were to just buy one already made? Velocity Arms RMUZ 09 UZI from Atlantic, a Vector Arms UZI, or a Norinco?

Or are all of them equally good to go? I hear good things about all of them.


All the ones I have used are pre ban IMI ...


Norinco are good but do have some odd stuff done to them for import ie tack welding the barrel nut some other stuff with the stocks etc no bayo lug ( for what little that matters on a 16inch rifle.

Vector I have not use most seem to run right some early I think might have needed work but UZI are pretty simply guns and easy to fix

The one Alentic has I like but have not seen anything on it

I would say Norinco if you can get it cheep or the Alentic model ( as they should back it up if anything goes wrong ).. Though if you can get a model B IMI they are pretty darn cool and you can get one sub 1k if you look
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I built mine on a McKay receiver. Got an IMI semi bolt assembly and finished it in HK SOCOM black. Runs like a top. Hardest part was putting in the selector block in the lower.

Actually had to refinish the receiver after it fell off the hanger and onto a towel, boy was I pissed. Full of lint and other crap. Just make sure you suspend parts securely.
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I went through this decision a while back, its cheaper to buy a new one. You can find the Century 'UC9' model out there for around 700 bucks if you look hard enough. I have NO complaints about the Century gun and like most of Centuries stuff they suffer from a bad reputation but few actual credible problems.
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If you want to build or research building more check out weaponsguild crap tons of info there
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If you want to build or research building more check out weaponsguild crap tons of info there
At this point in time, I've probably spent a few hours either there or at Uzitalk. The more I look into parts, the more I lean toward spending more to have a little more peace of mind. Thus, I'm thinking that grabbing one made by a reputable source would be my best bet if I'm looking for a shooter.
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