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Interesting Iraqi pistol...

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by esheato, Jul 20, 2005.

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  1. esheato

    esheato Member

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    I just returned from a deployment and a coworker had procured this old Beretta. It doesn't have 'da switch, but the gold finish adds some bling-bling factor to it.

    I don't know the translation, but would be grateful if anyone could help. I have a larger version if anyone wants it for wallpaper or to read the writing. PM if you want a copy but be forewarned it's 2.4 mb in the large size.

    Enjoy,

    Ed

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  2. Omaha-BeenGlockin

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    Looks like a Helwan??
     
  3. armoredman

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    Tariq - Iraqi copy of Berreta Brigadier, I believe.
     
  4. mattw

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    so does that mean that is is junk times two? :D how does it shoot?
     
  5. esheato

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    Unfortunately, I never got to shoot it.
     
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    Interesting, love to hear more about this pistol and how it was acquired. The grip medallion is also different than a standard Tariq it appears.
     
  7. slopemeno

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    Ive shot a Helwan(?) Brigadier and it felt fine. Felt like a 92 with a single column mag, actually. Too bad they have that safety.
     
  8. esheato

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    I wish I could help more, but I'm sorry to say that I don't know its history. The gentleman that owned it didn't elaborate on how or where he received it.

    Ed
     
  9. P95Carry

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    I think this deserves to be in autoloaders - moving over.
     
  10. The_Antibubba

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    Oooh, I'm envious.

    You know, it would be great if we could get Iraqi small arms imported, as mil surplus. Or one of those Afghani Enfields that was pounded over a rock and filed into shape. :uhoh:
     
  11. MatthewVanitas

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    >>>>Tariq - Iraqi copy of Berreta Brigadier, I believe.

    >>so does that mean that is is junk times two? how does it shoot?


    I believe armoredman is quite right. Helwan is Egyptian-made, but this piece has the Baathist Eagle stamped on the grips, so should be Iraqi Tariq.

    The ones I've seen were blued, and had a cameo of Tariq (the general who led the Muslim conquest of Spain) on the grip. Perhaps this is a ceremonial or general staff pistol? Pictures of standard Tariq here:

    http://www.securityarms.com/20010315/galleryfiles/2800/2847.htm

    Question: is the Tariq a direct copy of the 1951 Beretta, or is it a copy of the Egyptian licensed copy? If so, would it be junk x3?

    Note that Iraqis also built the Rashid, a 7.62x39mm copy of the Hakim. The Hakim was Egypt's 8mm copy of the Swedish Ljungman gas-impingement semi-auto rifle. Very convoluted weapons history in that part of the world...
     
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    dang, lucky! they won't let us take anything home in working order except ancient rifles.
    i plan on gettin' me an enfield, though.
     
  13. KriegHund

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    They wont let you field strip them and send em home in parts?

    At least aside form full autos?

    That would be a pain though to keep track of.. I guess if you registered the semi-auto with a CO it could work or something?

    On the pistol-

    Interesting to look at the grips. Reminds me of a CZ-52.
     
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    So who has the pistol now???
    Anybody using it as a personal weapon??
     
  15. esheato

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    Last I heard the guy still has it. I left Iraq before he did, so I'm not sure of the outcome. Most likely, he passed it on to another guy in our unit.

    We're not allowed to bring home trophies either. I just snapped the photo so that I could share it with THR. I figured that you guys would get a kick out of it.

    Ed
     
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    Looks like an M9 and a CZ52 had an ugly, ugly child.
     
  17. ktd

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    translation

    Iraq licensed the old Beretta 951 and made them locally. The slide should be marked "TARIQ 9m/m - Licensed by BERETTA" on the one side, the other just says the same thing in Arabic. They were okay guns, though I preferred the Brownings that were also common.

    I was offered some "services" to get stuff home, but I did not think it was worth it, you get a lot of grief over it if you are caught. Besides, my ex-SF gun dealer had already ordered all the legal examples stateside for me to pick up when I got back anyway!

    k
     
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    I received a PM from a gentlemen who translated it as follows:

    "A gift from President Saddam Hussien President of the Iraqi Republic
    (Republic of Iraq)."

    A gold pistol from the Prez...what more could you ask for?

    Ed
     
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    How are you my friend? PM me when you get a chance to!


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    sorry

    sorry, I thought you were talking about the standard markings, I did not look closely enough at the (somewhat bright) pistol to see that it had a special inscription.

    k

    (as an aside, I saw a chrome or nickel plated shorty AK pistol, and my buddy fired the 75 round drum mag, amazingly, no jams, and we all were deaf after!)
     
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