Semi-Automatic Service Carbine
The Rasheed Carbine was a shortened version of the full-length Hakim Rifle, though chambered for the Soviet 7.62x39mm cartridge.
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The Egyptian Rasheed Carbine (also "Rashid") was born from the Hakim Rifle which, in turn, was born from the Swedish Ljungman AG-42 semi-automatic rifle line. The original rifle was produced for the Swedish Army during World War 2 (1939-1945) and entered service in 1942 through 30,000 examples in all. The weapon was a gas-operated, repeating rifle system utilizing the local 6.5x55mm cartridge through a 10-round feed capacity. After the war, the Egyptian government secured the rights to the rifle and purchased the required machining tools for local production of the type - this becoming the Hakim Rifle of the 1950s with chief changes being its now-adjustable gas function and chambering for the 7.92x57mm Mauser. The Rasheed was a further-developed form of the Hakim though shortened into a more handy carbine form. Production numbers totaled 8,000 units and adoption occurred in 1960.
The Rasheed retained much of the function of the original Hakims in that it was a gas-operated (direct impingement) weapon with wooden stock. The carbine was lighter at 9lbs and sported an overall length of 40.75 inches with a barrel measuring 20.5 inches. Unlike the Hakim, the Rasheed was chambered for the Soviet 7.62x39mm rifle cartridge with its proven man-stopping capabilities and lacked the barrel banding of the full-length design. Feeding was now through a detachable box magazine supplying ten cartridges through a spring-loaded feature. A hinged, foldable bayonet could be affixed under the barrel in an AK-47-style fashion. The shoulder stock and pistol grip were integrated into the wooden body design. The action was contained in the metal center body while the trigger remained faithful to the original Hakim form. Sighting was through an iron front and rear system out to 3,280 feet though, realistically, the weapon held an effective range closer to 985 feet. As a carbine, it was generally utilized in short-to-medium engagements though its cartridge provided good penetration at range.
Rasheed Carbines were eventually superseded by more modern, potent designs and are no longer in active service. Its limited production totals also make it something of a rarity in the firearms world, particularly for collectors seeking the type.