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Lot 1637: "First In" IMI/Action Arms UZI Model A Carbine with Docs

Documented "First In" IMI/Action Arms UZI Model A Semi-Automatic Carbine, Serial Number SA01001, with Box and Correspondence

Auction Date: December 10, 2022

Lot 1637: "First In" IMI/Action Arms UZI Model A Carbine with Docs

Documented "First In" IMI/Action Arms UZI Model A Semi-Automatic Carbine, Serial Number SA01001, with Box and Correspondence

Auction Date: December 10, 2022

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Estimated Price: $2,500 - $3,750

Documented "First In" IMI/Action Arms UZI Model A Semi-Automatic Carbine, Serial Number SA01001, with Box and Correspondence

Manufacturer: I.M.I. (Israeli)
Model: Uzi - A
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 9 mm
Barrel: 16 inch round
Finish: matte black
Grip:
Stock: metal
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Catalog Page: 417
Class: Modern Long Gun
Description:

Developed with direct input from Uziel Gal, original designer for the UZI submachine gun, the Model A carbine is a semi-automatic, closed bolt weapon made to comply with the U.S. National Firearms Act; it is as close as you can get to the original UZI without holding a tax stamp. Included with this carbine is correspondence involving Jim Supica (noted firearms author), Action Arms Incorporated (the original importer of the Model A) and Allen Bernkrant of Southern Gun and Tackle Distributors of Opa-Locka, Florida. A copy of a January 1991 letter from Bernkrant to "whom it may concern" identifies this Model A by serial number as one of a group of "serial #1's" from his private collection sold to a previous owner and Action Arms Incorporated in 1991. A letter from AA to Supica identifies this carbine by S/N as "among the first shipment of that model imported into the United States", sold to "Southern Gun Distributors" of Opa-Locka, Florida. Finally, a 1991 letter from Supica to AA asks 3 questions, which now have hand-written responses indicating 1) this was the first commercially available standard Model A, 2) lower numbers exist but were used for a special run of satin nickel Model As which physically arrived in the U.S. later, and 3) it was made c.1979-1980 and sold to "Southern Gun & Tackle". Also included is the face of the envelope AA used to send correspondence to Supica, clippings from the Blue Book of Gun Values which identify "SA01001" as the start of the Model A serial range, and a vintage AA decal in a "Gift for You" AA envelope. Post front and two-leaf peep rear sights, with the proper elongated barrel and internal modifications, non-ratcheting top cover with warning against modifications, two-position selector switch, ribbed forearm and grip panels, and folding buttstock. With a matching numbered original gold-on-blue UZI box, matching numbered inner carton and manual, tan canvas sling, and inert short dummy barrel. Provenance: The Supica Collection

Rating Definition:

Excellent, with 90% of the original matte black finish, showing mild scuffing on the barrel, forearm and grip panels, some edge flaking, and mild handling marks overall. The box shows wear and tear appropriate to age and travel, with the carry handle absent. Mechanically excellent.



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