.223 IMI "Urban Cartridge"


#1

I may have posted about this round before, but I recently dug-up an article I had stashed and took some pics. The following is taken from that article on “Urban-Use Cartridges” from a number of countries:

-The .223 IMI round is designed for use in modified Mini-Uzi and Micro-Uzi machine-pistols.
-The 5.56 bullet weighs 3 grams.
-The case is a reduced and shortened 5.56x45 case.
-Muzzle velocity is 580 m/sec.
-Effective against most protective vests, but designed to remain inside the body and not be dangerous to others in the area.

I should add that I don’t think this project really went to full-scale production. I saw some airport barrier security, back in 1992 or so, that had Mini and Micro-Uzis with white stripes on the grips and mags. I remember thinking at the time that they might be using the .223 IMI round, but never confirmed.

Bullet diameter: 5.47mm
Case length: 22.95mm
Overall length: 30.15mm

Variations known: ball, dummy with case hole and blue base.





#2

That looks like it would be a fun lil’ plinking cartridge, but not much more.


#3

It’s just like all those other high velocity/high penetration pistol/SMG/PDW rounds that have appeared around the world over the last 10 years or so. Not much general usefullness, but a bit of potential for “special occasions”.