The Ruger MP9 is a 9mmsubmachine gun/machine pistol introduced by Sturm, Ruger in 1995. It was created by Uziel Gal in the early 1980s. It is similar to the Uzi, his most famous creation, using a telescoping bolt, but fires from a closed bolt. The gun also has a quickly detachable barrel that is loaded with spring to cushion the impact of the bolt on closure. The cocking handle is located at the top of the receiver. It also has a substantial integrated folding stock. It was made in very limited numbers. The MP9 submachine gun was designed as a compact weapon for law enforcement forces. In 1995, the MP9 was released for police and military sales in the United States. The gun features three positions safety/fire selector with "safe", "semi-auto" and "full-auto" positions, as well as a separate firing pin block to increase safety. The MP9 has sometimes been called an improved Uzi.