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The Rasheed (or Rashid) is a semi-automatic carbine, derived from the Hakim Rifle and used by the Egyptian military. Only around 8,000 were made.[1]

Rasheed Carbine
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Top to bottom: Swedish Ag m/42B rifle, Egyptian Hakim rifle, Egyptian Rasheed carbine
TypeSemi-automatic carbine
Place of originEgypt
Service history
Used byEgypt
Production history
DesignerErik Eklund
ManufacturerMinistry of Military Production, Factory 54
No. builtappx. 8000
Specifications
Mass4.19 kg (9 lb, 4 oz; unloaded)
Length1035 mm (40.75 in)
Barrel length520 mm (20.5 in)

Cartridge7.62×39mm
Caliber7.62 mm
Actiondirect impingement, gas-operated
Feed system10-round removable box magazine, with latching magazine release catch

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

DesignEdit

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. The Egyptian training manual had users use stripper clips to reload. However, the hot gas would heat up the receiver and cause burns when fingers would touch the receiver.[2]

RarityEdit

Only around 8,000 were made, making it a rare rifle.[1] As of 2014 examples were valued at approximately USD $900 to 1,000, depending on condition.[3]

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