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Al-Qadissiya Tariq


Semi-Automatic Pistol


Iraq | 1981



"The Tariq semi-automatic pistol became nothing more than an Iraqi locally-produced copy of the Italian Beretta 9mm."

Performance
Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the Al-Qadissiya Tariq. Information presented is strictly for general reference and should not be misconstrued as useful for hardware restoration or operation.
165 ft
50.3 m | 55.0 yds
Max.Eff.Range
1,230 ft/sec
375 m/sec
Muzzle Velocity
Physical
The physical qualities of the Al-Qadissiya Tariq. Information presented is strictly for general reference and should not be misconstrued as useful for hardware restoration or operation.
215 mm
8.46 in
O/A Length
125 mm
4.92 in
Barrel Length
1.92 lb
0.87 kg
Weight
Semi-Automatic
Action
7.65mm; 9x19mm Parabellum; 13mm
Caliber(s)
Variable: 8- or 10-Round Detachable Box Magazines being mentioned depending on caliber.
Feed
Iron Front and Rear.
Sights
Variants
Notable series variants as part of the Al-Qadissiya Tariq Semi-Automatic Pistol family line.
Tariq - Base Series Name; production beginning in 1981 and halting in 2003. Production resumed in 2009.


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In 1981, the nation of Iraq began local license production of the classic Beretta M1951 (Model 1951) semi-automatic pistol as the "Tariq". The product was more or less a direct copy of the proven Italian sidearm in both form and function. Chambered for the 7.65mm or 9x19mm Parabellum cartridges, the pistol retained the traditional Beretta cut-out slide and protruding muzzle as well as solid trigger and wide, ribbed grips. By all accounts, its general performance was broadly consistent with the Italian model.

This production went on until after the U.S.-led invasion destabilized the country and manufacture was halted in 2003 amidst the growing chaos. By 2009, production was allowed to resume and is ongoing today (2015). Indeed the gun makes up the primary sidearm of the reborn Iraqi Police forces and is in circulation with Kurdish units as well though Glocks are increasingly featured in police training.

Manufacture of these guns has been under the Al-Qadissiya Establishment of Iraq since the beginning.

The guns have since become something of sought-after collector's pieces. While appearing every bit as a clone of the Italian product, Iraq Tariqs are marked with Arabic along the left side of the slide and other special stampings (including medallions on the grips) depending on production batch. The right side reads, in English, that they are a copied form of the original ("TARIQ 9mm IRAQ - Licensed by Beretta").

The firearm has never been commercially exported - making them that much rarer in the American gun market and a true find (some brought over by exiting American troops following "Operation Iraqi Freedom"). Observers are quick to point out shortcomings of the design - a Single-Action Only (SAO) function, the heel-mounted magazine release and push-style, grip-mounted button safety (throw-back traits concerning semi-automatic guns). A newer production mark is said to have emerged in 13mm caliber though its numbers are unknown. It is reported that, at least locally, the Tariqs are not well-received pistols despite their availability. Poor quality seems to be the cause of this.

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Contractor(s): Al-Qadisiyyah Establishments - Iraq
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