IMI 945 Compact / “Black Horse”

Just to be clear: all images in this post are from Modern Gun magazine, August1994. I use them without permission, and will remove the images if requested by the rightful copyright holder.

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There are many mysterious Israeli handguns out there, but besides the semi-infamous 9mm IMI revolver, another difficult one to track down is the “Black Horse”. There’s a grand total of one reference to it online, and a somewhat grainy picture that seems to have been taken from a visit to the IDF History Museum in Tel Aviv. (My need for a trip to Israel grows and grows…)

But, thanks to a tip from a helpful commenter, Daniel Watters at TheGunZone, I’ve finally hunted up some more information on the gun, and it’s not what I was expecting…

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The BUL Cherokee

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While BUL Transmark is best known for their exceptional 1911 handgun lines, they’ve had extensive experience dabbling in Tanfoglio derivatives, too. The BUL Impact leveraged the magazines of their M-5 double-stack 1911 line; the BUL Storm was a well-made Tanfoglio copy that had some success in IPSC.

The BUL Cherokee was introduced in 2000 to replace the BUL Impact and provide a full-frame polymer pistol to the commercial market. It was updated a few years later with a newer frame (recognizable by its finger swells). Read on for my thoughts.

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The Sardius SD9

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Nehemiah Sirkis designed a lot of interesting guns, many of which I don’t talk about much on this blog because they were designed and manufactured in the United States. This is no sin – remember that Browning did most of his best work with Fabrique Nationale in Belgium – but they are somewhat outside the scope of my collecting activities. Sirkis designed a lot of interesting rifles (including some Kimber .22s and the new IWI Dan sniper rifle), but his fame in the United States is generally from his pocket pistols – the Intratec CAT 9, the Cobra Patriot 45, and the Detonics Pocket 9.

But, he also designed one other pocket pistol that made it to the US – the Sardius/Sirkis SD9, manufactured by Sirkis Industries in Israel. It’s a real oddball gun… which is what makes it so interesting.

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The KSN Golan

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Israel has always had an “interesting” history when it comes to arms deals. They are clearly a friend of the US, but have sometimes done deals with countries that may not have always had US interests foremost in their minds. They also have a bit of a history in not always abiding by arms embargoes… most famously in the case of South Africa during the apartheid era.

One gun that has that semi-checkered history is the KSN Golan, which is a copy of the CZ99 Compact-G.

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Uzi Pro Pistols in the wild!

The Uzi Pro pistol is now “in the wild” and available for purchase. There are a number of them on Gunbroker, the lowest price being about $900 shipped.

The interesting thing here is that they look slightly different than the pre-release models we’ve seen previously – it looks like there is some sort of covered stock/”brace” attachment dovetail at the back. A best case scenario here would be that it can fit a regular Uzi Pro stock, which would then be presumably imported by IWI. In a less optimal case, I’m sure the aftermarket could figure something out – just have the mechanism to attach the stock is a big deal. Combine that with a folding grip, and you could have a cool SBR.

Of course, the really best case scenario would be a full-on 922r-compliant SBR kit with a US-made extended barrel, Israeli Uzi Pro lower, and Israeli Uzi Pro stock… but I really doubt that’s happening.

The KSN GAL (1911)

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Most of this blog’s readers are probably familiar with IWI and IMI. Some may even be acquainted with BUL Transmark. But less known is another Israeli arms producer: Israel Arms / KSN Industries.

KSN Industries made the Kareen MkII/III line, the KSN Golan (on Yugoslavian equipment), and the KSN GAL. The KSN GAL 1911 is the subject of this blog post, as it appears to have the least available information on it.

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