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Port-Said / Akaba (Egypt)
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 Port-Said / Akaba

Port-Said submachine gun, left side

 Port-Said / Akaba

Port-Said submachine gun, right side

 Port-Said / Akaba

Akaba submachine gun

Caliber :   9x19mm Luger / Parabellum
Action : Blowback, open bolt
Length : 808 mm
Length folded : 550 mm
Barrel length : 212 mm
Weight unloaded : 3350 gramms
Capacity : 36 rounds
Rate of fire : 600 rounds per minute
Effective range : 100 meters
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In early 1950s Egyptean government acquired necessary machinery and manufacturing documentation from Sweden to produce a local copy of the Swedish Carl Gustaf M/45 submachine gun. Originally known as “Port-Said”, the Swedish design was later simplified in Egyptian production by discarding barrel jacket and simplifying the sights and shoulder stock. This less expensive and somewhat more roughly finished version was produced as “Akaba” or “Kara” submachine gun.

Port-Said submachine gun is a simple blowback operated, full automatic only firearm that fires from open bolt. The receiver is made from steel tube, the separate barrel jacket is also made from perforated steel tube. Despite the fact that Egyptean submachine guns used only one type of magazine, the 36-round double stack, double feed box magazines designed for Swedish M/45 submachine guns, they retained removable magazine housings of earliest Swedish submachine guns, which were intended to allow use of various types of magazines. The manual safety is made in the form of an L-shaped cut made at the rear of the cocking handle slot; it is used to engage cocking handle when bolt is in retracted position. The sights consist of front blade and flip-type rear sight, marked for 100 and 200 meters. Shoulder stock is made from thin steel tubing and folds forward and to the right.

Akaba / Kara: technically similar to the Port-Said but barrel has no jacket, side-folding butt is replaced with telescoped butt made from steel wire, rear sight is a non-adjustable aperture.

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