Hey guys, an acquaintance at work sold me his Egyptian made Helwan 9mm today. It is a licensed clone of the Beretta M 1951 Brigadier, a predecessor to the Beretta 92. Beretta sold their machinery and the license for the design to Maadi Co. of Egypt.
Cost me a whole $40. Unfortunately in the condition it is in, it is a paper weight. He never had any problems with the pistol while shooting it.. until one day in a field his friend was "rapid firing it" when the extractor pin fell out, and the firing pin, extractor and springs went with it, apparently that pin should have been peened. I have no idea how the firing pin didn't hit him in the face, guess he wasn't aiming. They couldn't find any of the parts except for the extractor claw. I have to somehow locate a firing pin, firing pin spring, extractor spring and firing pin/extractor pin. This is going to prove to be difficult since Maadi destroyed all spare parts when they abandoned the project. Nonetheless it should prove to be a fun project. There are some firing pins for sale on the internet but can't find any springs/pins, any ideas? I think these parts needed could come from a Beretta too, but they are just as rare.
It is a beautiful single stack 9mm surplus pistol and would be a blast to shoot. Lots of people here who like the surplus pistols so I figured I would share (beauty can only be found in the eye of the beholder of course)