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Port Said

Submachine Gun (1950)

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

Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 09/26/2016 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com | The following text is exclusive to this site.
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.


Service Year

Egypt national flag graphic


Submachine Gun

State Factories - Egypt
National flag of Egypt Egypt
(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)

Overall Length
811 mm
31.93 in
Barrel Length
212 mm
8.35 in
Empty Wgt
8.60 lb
3.90 kg

Iron Front and Rear


Blowback; Full Automatic Only

Blowback Operation
Gas pressure from the rearward movement of the ignited cartridge case provides the needed bolt movement, ejecting the spent case and stripping a fresh case from the magazine.
(Material presented above is for historical and entertainment value and should not be construed as usable for hardware restoration, maintenance, or general operation - always consult official manufacturer sources for such information)


9x19mm Parabellum

Sample Visuals**

Graphical image of a 9mm pistol cartridge
Rounds / Feed

36- or 50-round detachable box magazine
Cartridge relative size chart
*May not represent an exhuastive list; calibers are model-specific dependent, always consult official manufacturer sources.
**Graphics not to actual size; not all cartridges may be represented visually; graphics intended for general reference only.
Max Eff.Range
820 ft
(250 m | 273 yd)
Muzzle Velocity
1,400 ft/sec
(427 m/sec)

Port Said - Base Series Name
Maadi Akaba - Simplified production version

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