Inventor of Uzi Submachine Gun Dies at 79

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Uzi Gal, inventor of the Uzi submachine gun - a compact quick-response weapon favored by U.S. secret servicemen and street gangsters alike - has died at the age of 79, Israel Radio reported Monday.

It said that Gal died on Saturday in the United States.

Gal designed the weapon - named for its inventor - for production by Israel Military Industries, but realized relatively little profit from its manufacture and wide sale, the radio said.

The gun, designed in the early 1950s, was viewed as revolutionary in design, with the magazine contained within the handgrip, its overall length reduced with a snub nose and fold-away stock.

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