Port-Said, Akaba

Port-Said submachine gun
Port-Said submachine gun.

Port-Said submachine gun
Port-Said submachine gun, shoulder stock folded.

Akaba submachine gun
Akaba submachine gun.


Specification Value
Full text name Port-Said, Akaba
Caliber cartridge 9mm Luger - 9x19 Luger / Parabellum
Action type manual
Trigger type sa
Overall length, mm 808
Length, folded, mm 550
Barrel length, mm 212
Weight empty, kg 3.35
Magazine capacity, rounds 36
Cyclic rate of fire, rounds/min 600

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 submachinegun. 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 submachinegun is a simple blowbackoperated, fullautomatic 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. Shoulderstock 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.