In the upcoming July 2014 issue of RIFLE FIREPOWER, author Dennis Adler runs the new, semi-auto Walther Uzi .22 through its paces and reports his findings. Adler writes, “I have to admit it. I love to shoot .22 rimfire rifles and pistols. And, I am a big fan of Walther Arms, which imports and sells the Carl Walther line of .22 rimfire rifles modeled after real-world tactical weapons, such as the Heckler & Koch MP5 and the sleek, 21st century HK416. Walther builds these semi-autos to look and handle exactly like their 9mm and 5.56mm selective-fire military and law enforcement counterparts, and it is Walther’s attention to detail that truly makes these .22s so desirable for sport shooting, varmint hunting or just a fun day at the range blasting paper targets. The MP5 and HK416 (both reviewed previously in RIFLE FIREPOWER) are elegant-looking long arms, whereas the new semi-auto, .22 LR version of the Uzi carbine (and the companion Uzi pistol) are eye-catching for another reason altogether: The Uzi is one of the most famous guns in the world.

“As close in measurements and operation as possible, the .22 LR, semi-auto version of the Uzi handles exactly like the 9mm. The simple and uncomplicated charging handle is mounted on top of the receiver between the front and rear sights, and one literally looks ‘through’ the handle when sighting the gun. The handle remains forward during firing since it does not reciprocate with the blowback action. Both sights are adjustable—the front for elevation and the rear for windage, with two flip-up rear apertures. The Uzi .22’s bolt holds open after the last shot and will fire a chambered round with the magazine removed. A large, flat release lever on the bottom left side of the pistol grip makes reloading easy: Depress the release with the off-hand thumb, remove the empty mag, load in a fresh one, pull the charging handle, and you’re good to go in a matter of seconds.”

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