Rasheed Carbine

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. Around 8,000 were made.

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-42 Ljungman rifle (6.5×55mm Swedish cartridge).

Country Name Origin Year
Egypt 2014
Sweden 2014
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
Egypt View

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.

Type Semi-automatic carbine
Place of origin  Egypt
 Sweden (Design)
Service history
Used by Egypt
Production history
Designer Erik Eklund
Manufacturer Ministry of Military Production, Factory 54
Number built appx. 8000
Weight 4.19 kg (9 lb, 4 oz; unloaded)
Length 1035 mm (40.75 in)
Barrel length 520 mm (20.5 in)
Cartridge 7.62×39 mm
Action direct impingement, gas-operated
Feed system 10-round removable box magazine, with latching magazine release catch    

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