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Port Said


Submachine Gun


Egypt | 1950



"The Port Said was a local, licensed copy of the Swedish Carl Gustaf m/45 SMG series."



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The Port Said Submachine Gun became nothing more than an Egyptian copy of the Swedish Carl Gustaf m/45 SMG series produced locally and under license. The original gun appeared in Sweden (based on the Bergmann MP18 and MP35 models) after the fighting of World War 2 (1939-1945) and eventually found a few takers globally - including the United States who pressed them into service during the Vietnam Conflict (1955-1975). The Egyptians were given proper assistance in the local production venture through delivery and training of the tooling required. This version is faithful to the form and function of the Swedish model.

The submachine gun was chambered for the widely accepted 9x19mm Parabellum pistol cartridge firing from a 36- or 50-round straight detachable box magazine. The magazine was inserted into a well ahead of the trigger group. A simple grip handle was fitted aft of the trigger. Dimensionally the weapon was compact for troops to carry it into confined spaces (hence its use in jungle warfare by the Americans). The stock was a folding wire-type to further increase portability of the weapon. Internally, a blowback system of operation was relied upon and firing was limited to full-automatic-only.

Simple, robust, reliable and effective, the Port Said and its cousins were well-respected weapons - some still in service today (2016).

A simpler production version followed as the "Maadi Akaba" in the 1970s. In this form, the barrel jacket was removed and the barrel itself shortened to save on weight at the expense of range and accuracy. A telescoping wire shoulder stock also replaced the original folding wire. Functionality of the weapon remained largely the same.

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Physical
The physical qualities of the Port Said. Information presented is strictly for general reference and should not be misconstrued as useful for hardware restoration or operation.
811 mm
31.93 in
O/A Length
212 mm
8.35 in
Barrel Length
8.60 lb
3.90 kg
Weight
Blowback; Full Automatic Only
Action
9x19mm Parabellum
Caliber(s)
36- or 50-round detachable box magazine
Feed
Iron Front and Rear
Sights
Performance
Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the Port Said. Information presented is strictly for general reference and should not be misconstrued as useful for hardware restoration or operation.
820 ft
249.9 m | 273.3 yds
Max.Eff.Range
600
Rounds-Per-Minute
Rate-of-Fire
1,400 ft/sec
427 m/sec
Muzzle Velocity
Variants
Notable series variants as part of the Port Said Submachine Gun family line.
Port Said - Base Series Name
Maadi Akaba - Simplified production version
Operators
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the Port Said. Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national small arms listing.

Contractor(s): State Factories - Egypt
National flag of Egypt

[ Egypt ]
Design Qualities
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Recognition
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