Rasheed Carbine

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Rasheed Carbine
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Top to bottom: Swedish AG-42B Ljungman rifle, Egyptian Hakim rifle, Egyptian Rasheed carbine
Type Semi-automatic carbine
Place of origin
Service history
Used by Egypt
Production history
Number built appx. 8000
Specifications
Weight 4.19 kg (9 lb, 4 oz; unloaded)
Length 1035 mm (40.75 in)
Barrel length 520 mm (20.5 in)

Cartridge 7.62×39mm
Action direct impingement, gas-operated
Feed system 10-round removable box magazine, with latching magazine release catch

The Rasheed (or Rashid) is a semi-automatic carbine, derived from the Hakim Rifle and used by the Egyptian military. Only about 8,000 Rasheeds were produced, making it a very rare rifle. As of 2014 a carbine was valued at approximately US$700 to 1,000, depending on condition.[1]

The Rasheed was designed by the Swedish engineer Erik Eklund, who based it on his previous Hakim Rifle (8 x 57 mm Mauser cartridge), which was itself a slightly modified version of the Swedish AG-42 Ljungman rifle (6.5 x 55 mm Swedish cartridge).

Design[edit]

The carbine resembles the Soviet SKS carbine, particularly in the permanently attached pivoting-blade bayonet, which appears identical to its Russian counterpart. The 12-inch (305 mm) blade bayonet pivots from a mount under the barrel, back into a recessed groove in the forend stock.

The carbine features a rear ladder sight, with a "battle" position for short-range fire as well as increments of 100 to 1000 metres, although the latter distance greatly exceeds the 300-metre effective range of the weapon. The semi-automatic mechanism is gas-operated through the direct impingement system.

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