Egyptian Beretta Model 1951 "Clone"
Posted: Fri Jul 14, 2017 1:05 am
After WWII the Russians made a good effort to become Egypt's Armorer. This included planes, tanks, and some small arms including the Maadi AKM, made on Russian tooling. For pistols Egypt connected with Beretta; and then made the Helwan, a copy of Beretta's Model 1951, chambered in 9MM. Although not as strong as the Beretta the Helwan is a fairly faithful copy. It was imported into the US in several variations; mine, one of the better quality imports, was imported by Interarms in Alexandria, VA. This version is marked in Arabic and English; the slide says Made in Egypt; and A. R. E. for the Arabic Republic of Egypt. I haven't shot it yet but will make a range report after I do.