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Rasheed Carbine


Semi-Automatic Service Carbine (1960)


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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Rasheed Carbines were eventually superseded by more modern, potent designs and are no longer in active service.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.

Specifications



Service Year
1960

Origin
Egypt national flag graphic
Egypt

Classification


Semi-Automatic Service Carbine


State Factories - Egypt
National flag of Egypt Egypt
(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Automatic Function
Features a mechanical function to automate the firing action.


Overall Length
1,035 mm
40.75 in
Barrel Length
520 mm
20.47 in
Empty Wgt
9.26 lb
4.20 kg
Sights


Iron Front and Rear.


Action


Gas-Operated; Semi-Automatic

Semi-Automatic
One shot per trigger pull; self-loading or auto-loading action aided by internal mechanism; trigger management (and initial cocking) typically required by the operator; subsequent shots are aided by the unlocked / moved bolt.
Gas-Operated
Gas-operated system is featured, typically involving a gas cylinder and rear-driven piston directing energy to the bolt component.
(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)


Caliber(s)*


7.62x39mm Russian

Sample Visuals**


Graphical image of a 7.62x39mm rifle cartridge
Rounds / Feed


10-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
985 ft
(300 m | 328 yd)


Rashid Carbine - Base Series Designation


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