Uzi [second pattern]. Parkerised finish, fitted with long butt.
The Uzi submachine-gun stands alongside the Kalashnikov rifle as one of the iconic smallarms of the post-Second World War era. It was the developed during the late 1940s by Israeli designer Uziel Gal and went into production for the Israeli Defence Forces in 1951. It was subsequently widely exported and also manufactured under licence in Belgium. 'Mini' and 'Micro' Uzis have also been developed for the commercial and law enforcement markets.
The Uzi was a notably compact weapon for its era. This was achieved by using a 'hollow' bolt, the front of which enveloped rear of the barrel when in firing position. The handling of the Uzi is aided by the fact that the magazine is inserted through the pistol grip, which is situated at the weapon's point of balance. This arrangement also simplifies reloading in the dark (as one hand instinctively finds the other).
This particular weapon was captured from Argentine forces during the 1982 Falklands Conflict. It was orginally manufactured for sale to the Netherlands, and may have entered Argentine service as part of the equipment of the aircraft carrier Vienticino de Mayo (formerly the Karel Doorman), which was sold to Argentina by the Netherlands in 1969.