The Baghdad (Simonov-Iraqi): Iraq’s First Mass-Produced Service Rifle?

    The Baghdad is a little known about rifle that is still extremely rare to come across both in the United States and even in Iraq. There are definitely more questions than answers when it comes to what we actually know about the rifle:
    It appears to have been built using the same machines and tooling as the Rasheed carbine production line. The ‘machine chatter’ as Scott mentions
    The rifle has stamped years of production from 1969 to 1977.
    There are a number of Egyptian Rasheed carbines that have Baghdad safety toggle blocks.
    Differences between the Baghdad and the Rasheed are the buttplate cleaning kit cavity, apparently a slightly different choice of wood for the stock.
    Some of the stamping font has been different from rifle years, other times instead of showing an Iraqi acceptance mark there is an eagle of Saladin.

    We have only observed two Baghdad rifles in the United States from online records. In Iraq, less than a dozen carbines have been observed. Iraqi-based Instagram user Vintage and Modern Firearms states a production figure of 2,000 carbines built in the country but this has yet to be confirmed.

    Please check out Machine Gun Dad on YouTube! Scott has been a tremendous help to TFBTV in getting these historic firearms documented!


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