The Egyptian Hakim Rifle

The Egyptian Hakim Rifle

The Egyptian Hakim service rifle was a license-produced version of the Swedish 6.5mm Ljungman AG-42 semiautomatic gas impingement rifle. Egypt changed several features such as the grasping grooves, a removable muzzle brake, an adjustable gas system, and no cleaning rod. Some references will state that the Hakim was used in the 1956 Suez Crisis, however, upon review of available serial numbers on the current market, it appears that less than a few thousand Hakim rifles even existed in 1956. From observations of archival media from the war, it appears that Egypt had a much great stock of Soviet SKS carbines and Czech Vz.52 rifles from the 1955 Czech Arms Deal which rippled across the Middle East as one of the largest arms deals in the region during that time period.

Egypt also brought some of this surplus in addition to Hakim rifles to Yemen where Nasser was supporting the Yemeni Republican forces with both troops and materiel for much of the 1960s, otherwise known as “Egypt’s Vietnam Conflict”. Today we still find Hakim rifles in Yemen and Iraq, in addition to a large surplus market in the United States where complete Hakim rifles can be purchased for under a thousand dollars most of the time.

Hakim production appears to have overlapped with Rasheed carbine production in the mid-1960s, after which it was discontinued. Some sources estimate total Hakim rifle manufacture between 70,000-80,000 rifles, the highest serial number observed by the author in the 50,000 range.


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  1. Thomas Donnelly on December 5, 2021 at 9:41 pm

    I picked up one of these about 3 months ago and I LOVE my rifle. Tuned my rifle for my reloads, and its a great shooter

  2. Ghostus Coyote on December 5, 2021 at 9:42 pm

    The only way you are going to crush your finger is if you have never heard of this gun before and are playing with one. Never been an issue for me and the weird action is a bonus.

  3. Rick S on December 5, 2021 at 9:43 pm

    It looks like crap. Mine look 1000% better.

  4. Mitchell Glodoski on December 5, 2021 at 9:46 pm

    A very strange rifle to be sure.

  5. Christopher on December 5, 2021 at 9:46 pm

    I remember buying a Hakim when they were around $600. The bolt release was finicky but the rifle ran great with surplus and commercial 8mm Mauser ammo. I recall having a few cases failing to extract and getting stuck like featured in the video. and it was a bear to clear. So, I can see why for many reasons it was ditched but I’ve also seen a lot worse.

  6. Erma Y on December 5, 2021 at 9:47 pm

    That’s yankee marshals edc

  7. TAHA ahmed on December 5, 2021 at 9:48 pm


  8. Amani L on December 5, 2021 at 9:48 pm

    I’m a simple man, when I see Miles I just watch!

  9. Joe Castaneda on December 5, 2021 at 9:49 pm

    I have a Hakim rifle. I have spent more than 10 hours on the safe use of this rifle. And I can tell you for a fact that these two AirHeads don’t know what they’re even talking about. As far as the trigger is concerned the rifle is malfunctioning.

  10. damir on December 5, 2021 at 9:50 pm

    i bought one a while ago and i love its quirkyness.

  11. Wyat E on December 5, 2021 at 9:50 pm

    Did I just see a shell pop out at 0:38 ?

  12. 124thDragoon on December 5, 2021 at 9:51 pm

    My experience (800ish rounds so far) with my Hakim is nearly the total opposite of the one shown here. If you engage the safety before loading, the action is incapable of closing. If you’ve recently fired to empty, the magazine’s follower pushes up on a lug that locks the action open – extremely similar to that of an AR. At this point, even with the magazine loaded or completely removed, the rifle will rely on this last-round-bolt-hold-open to remain locked open. I suspect the rifle used in this video has a heavily worn hold-open lug or bolt/carrier locking latch. Hell, maybe both. At least on my rifle, the only way to dislodge the bolt/carrier from this lug at this point is to tap the rifle’s butt against the ground. I’ve tried many different ways to cause "Hakim thumb" with my particular rifle and I simply can’t get it to happen. When doing *anything* other than pulling the trigger, engage the safety. Easy.

    I also have zero issues getting the rifle’s original-issued mag in or out of the thing. Sure, the latch is annoying, but I suspect that the magazine used in this video is slightly deformed, causing friction. I also have an aftermarket magazine that was tight at first but became just as smooth after a single range trip. Both are easily removed by using my right hand’s – my firing hand’s – index finger knuckle while holding the gun’s receiver with the rest of said hand. Both mags drop free, yet have zero wobble when actually in the gun.

    My rifle doesn’t at all feel like it’s about to come apart under recoil. I’ve anecdotally never actually heard of a Hakim that needed more than the lowest gas setting to run. And at this setting they seem to run very mildly. I bought a new-production gas key from a guy off of Gunbroker right after buying the gun itself, and there always seems to be someone selling them there.

    tl;dr Hakims that have lived less interesting lives than the one shown here actually run quite well, albeit with a manual of arms that requires some attention to detail.

  13. Wolfe on December 5, 2021 at 9:52 pm

    I’ve seen backyard homebrew guns with a more functional bolt

  14. MSWeaponsChannel on December 5, 2021 at 9:56 pm

    As usual when discussing this and the AG42, a lot of misinformation involving thumb eating. It’s total fallacy. You have to deliberately attempt to get your thumb caught to have it happen. Anyone that actually has one of these rifles and approaches the concept without trying to contribute to the misinformation will know this. Same as with the Garand. It’s not that easy to have this happen by accident. But this type of info when it gets started is almost impossible to dispel.

  15. Antonino La Torre on December 5, 2021 at 9:57 pm

    where do you find this rifle ?!? it is alls parts broked, seem a junk … trigger spring broked, magazine latch a junk, it has many issues … a true junk !!! you do repair it … it will be good, so long

  16. thomas hymen on December 5, 2021 at 9:57 pm

    Love my Hakim. Its been reliable and accurate. You just have to pay more attention when operating it.

  17. Broken Heart on December 5, 2021 at 9:59 pm

    I think Hakim rifle is one of the most smartest 8mm ever made

  18. S H on December 5, 2021 at 9:59 pm

    Ag42b little brother. Love those guns

  19. IronSeaBee Lost on December 5, 2021 at 10:02 pm

    The Hakim rifle I have is a 7.92mm mauser caliber weapon. In the video the weapon has a stamping "HAKIM 7.8 mm MADE IN EGYPT" ( by the leather aid ). I also have an Egyptian bolt mauser rifle in 7.92 mauser! A very quick google search just now does not show a result for a 7.8 mm Egyptian Hakim! Curious!

  20. John Keck on December 5, 2021 at 10:02 pm

    That weapon system was designed to lose Wars not win them. Just my observations lol

  21. Route66 Fishing on December 5, 2021 at 10:04 pm

    Nice new intro

  22. scooter dogg on December 5, 2021 at 10:06 pm

    lol I remember when those and rashids were two hundred bucks or less ,too bad didn’t get a dozen

  23. Ben Franklin on December 5, 2021 at 10:06 pm

    The Ljungman M/42 is a much better quality rifle.

  24. Adam Arens on December 5, 2021 at 10:07 pm

    More from Miles please 👍

  25. Fabrizio Pizzanelli on December 5, 2021 at 10:07 pm

    I really don’t get the whole Hakim/Ljungman thumb meme. I have a ljungman, load it with stripper clips on fire mode and it is impossible for the bolt to close on your thumb. The only way the bolt will close is if the bolt stop is lowered AND the bolt carier is clicked forward AND then pushed back. How can the bolt carrier move that much while loading?

    Having said that, the bolt will crush the heck out of your thumb if it does happen to be in there while it’s closing.

  26. Milsurp Mike Channel on December 5, 2021 at 10:08 pm

    Finally got to see this…. it was never suggested to me when released.

  27. sferrell1987 on December 5, 2021 at 10:10 pm

    I have had two of these. I still own one to this day. Mine were nothing like the one in this video. Everything functioned very well and a very light recoil impulse.

  28. Choo Choo on December 5, 2021 at 10:11 pm

    it has a gas adjustment…needs to be set at the lowest setting for ammo then one click up

  29. Dual1911s on December 5, 2021 at 10:12 pm

    Hey guys I’m looking to import about 100 of these into the country and sell them for about $7,500..

  30. mike hoare on December 5, 2021 at 10:13 pm

    Nice content time on TFBTV, yeehaw !!!!

  31. WITHOUT. 6.1M views on December 5, 2021 at 10:13 pm

    Hakim medics rifle 😅😅

  32. nutball375 on December 5, 2021 at 10:16 pm

    Looks cool but it sucks ass, are you sure this isn’t Turkish?

  33. Rainbo Sprinkles on December 5, 2021 at 10:16 pm

    I had a Hakim. I sold it to buy my first AR. I wish I still had it.

  34. Stew Dun on December 5, 2021 at 10:19 pm

    Miles’ videos are easy to catalog – walking encyclopedia. I could watch his content for hours. He is AMAZING. Who discusses these mid-east battles and rifles on youtube. IF ONLY he had this in a tent in the desert – with a fire and camels in the background – passing a rifle around some egyptians……

  35. Pollo DiGomma on December 5, 2021 at 10:20 pm

    so, the only redeeming factor of that rifle is the sick skull decoration?

  36. clmwrx Clmwrx on December 5, 2021 at 10:20 pm

    My cousin had one. Never got to shoot it tho but was cool

  37. Terran499 on December 5, 2021 at 10:21 pm

    It’s not a bad gun. I have all 3, and it is an odd design, but considering in like 18 months the AG-42 went from "hey we probably need to look into making a semi auto rifle" to "we have a complete rifle ready to go for mass production." I mean considering it’s the first mass produced true Direct Impingement Rifle and it’s a very unique system that no one every did before, the designer was a genius. Keep in mind the magazine was only meant to be removed for maintenance, not how we reload a modern AR. The only downside to the Hakim is Egypt designed to use some proprietary clips in the Hakim and Rasheed that no one else ever used, and you have to turn the Hakim to the ammo, because the Ljugman was chambered in 6.5 Sweede, and there’s only one loading for 6.5 Sweede, that’s why the AG-42 doesn’t have a adjustable gas system, where as there’s several 8mm loads so they never knew what might show up

  38. Kong Lee on December 5, 2021 at 10:21 pm

    I think you just got a bad rifle…

  39. Andrew Baker on December 5, 2021 at 10:23 pm

    God damn I’ve wanted one since I was 18 …. I just love the 8mm

  40. Cj Damler on December 5, 2021 at 10:24 pm

    Man mine is a DREAM to shoot. Fun, accurate, minimal recoil, good trigger. I figured out how to load and shoot it WHILE I was in the gunshop prior to buying it. Definitely bought a lemon but these are good one’s when you can find them and afford them. I dropped $1000 on my beauty. The only problem is that it tears rims and dents casings based on ejection due to bad gas ejection functions and the brass ejector.

  41. kmstrick loneranger on December 5, 2021 at 10:32 pm

    Try tightening the trigger assembly screws so the action resets the trigger.

  42. Justin Hancock on December 5, 2021 at 10:32 pm

    Funny, Iv8888’s video from a couple years ago was great: no trigger problems and the mag extracted and re-inserted flawlessly. Seems like something is wrong in the hakim world when you’re having to manually reset the trigger after every shot – was that particular rifle even safe to use in the first place? Should probably get it looked at before making a video and posting it for the world to see. I blame the rifle less, and more those producing said video…

  43. WardenWolf on December 5, 2021 at 10:34 pm

    Kind of regret not buying a Hakim when they were cheap. They’re quite nice for what they are, and I like the 8mm Mauser cartridge. I made a rule against buying rifles I can’t easily put optics on, though, so I passed on it.

  44. Raouf Hakam on December 5, 2021 at 10:34 pm

    the writing around the skull and bones @11:20 says "al-haras al-watani" which means "National Guard"

  45. Zachary Beaudet on December 5, 2021 at 10:35 pm

    With the green shirt you look like a Gun toting Shaggy 😂

  46. Freddy Warren on December 5, 2021 at 10:35 pm

    You can thank the Swedes for the design.

  47. Redneck Sniper on December 5, 2021 at 10:35 pm

    More like Ljungman hold my beer cause the Hakim is a copy of the AG42 Swedish Ljungman

  48. Tony Parker on December 5, 2021 at 10:35 pm

    All I see is to Americans who have a rifle that isn’t an AR15 and their mad about that fact

  49. Jon Doe on December 5, 2021 at 10:37 pm

    Use to see these at Cabelas or some version of it. Like 500 bucks. that and the 52 as well 455 is what I remember those being in the gun library.

  50. a turtle on December 5, 2021 at 10:41 pm

    Weld on a bolt handle a cut a notch for it. I would