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    U.A.R. Helwan

    I was wandering through a favorite gun shop today after work when I spied this Egyptian Helwan sitting behind the counter. I asked my friend who works there to let me see it, as I noticed it bore Arabic script on the left of the slide..."HELWAN 9MM U.A.R. (United Arab Republic) followed by the aforementioned script. Opposite side is a serial number also in Arabic (9557 if I'm not too far off).
    Now, I have run into a fair share of the commercial variants, and a few with Arabic markings, but this is the first U.A.R. example I've run across. Had to have it, as it is a really great example of Middle Eastern military history. Not a Danshway, but hey, a pretty early military Helwan.
    The bad...broken locking block and no mag. It had been purchased, then returned by the customer after he got it home and discovered what was wrong with it. So the gun shop sold the mag and they were going to have the pistol cut up(!!) I told my friend don't do that, and he ended up letting me have it for $50 with a disclaimer that it was being sold as a parts gun, not to be shot.
    Either way, I'm going to try to track down a mag and block. I'm happy to have it. Thought you guys might like to see her, enjoy the pics!
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    Very nice find. I would think that parts would be available for it from surplus parts houses. UAR dates back to pre 1967 when Israel kicked butt and took names.

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    Did you try Numrich for parts yet? Since this one is the same as the Brigadier 1951 then perhaps it's close to the 92...?? Worth a try? The other two are out of stock presently. Looks close enough that it might be able to be fitted...
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    Regards, Jim

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    Yep, checked them earlier this evening, showed the part as being sold out.
    I'll run across the needed parts at some point..just glad I saved it from being chopped!

    ---------- Post added at 12:06 AM ---------- Previous post was at 12:04 AM ----------

    I did see a thread on another forum recently that discussed the possibility of a 92 block being used on one of these. Apparently the dimensions are off just enough to make it an impossibility.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anzac15 View Post
    the needed parts
    Someone out there has a hundred for scrap. It's just that we haven't found him yet...I always wanted one too. Now I have a Centurion, the fever has passed.

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