Hi guys, thanks for tuning into another video episode on Forgotten Weapons I’m Ian, and I’m here today at the Rock Island auction house taking a look at some of the guns They have available for sale at the upcoming December 2014 premier auction One of the guns, I’ve found in the handgun vault here is this interesting piece It’s actually a pretty modern handgun. This is a copy of a Beretta 1951 What makes it interesting is that it is actually a Tariq made in Iraq. Now these are Probably the lowest quality copies of the Beretta 51 ever made on any mass scale But they’re particularly interesting And they have quite a bit of value because they’ve never been commercially imported into the US And the only ones that are here are vet bring-backs from Operation Iraqi Freedom and the Desert Storm campaigns now Some of those guns were smuggled into the country illicitly some of them were brought in legally It can be done legally the paperwork – my understanding is the paperwork is quite a headache and not all unit commanders are even willing to Allow it but there are some who do. So It is something to be aware of – a lot of the Tariqs in the country came in under kind of questionable circumstances But by no means all of them Now the the Beretta 1951 is kind of interesting in that it was used by several different Middle Eastern and North African countries. The other main user of this which is much more common here in the US, is Egypt – their pistols were called the Helwan and There are some – those are available both as military surplus Egyptian army guns and also some versions that were made in commercial runs specifically for export to the US Anyway, we’re not talking about the Helwans, we’re talking about the Tarik today. I don’t know the details on the importation of this one But well if we bring the camera back here and take a look at what’s interesting about it, and what’s kind of little *ugh* about it Alright, let’s start by taking a look at the markings We have Tariq nine-millimeter, made in Iraq. An interesting question that might come up is if this was an Iraqi military pistol Why would it have been marked in English? And there is no particularly good answer to that Except to point out that there is a substantial portion really of the entire world that does speak English and English is considered a language of trade and even for example highway signs in Iraq are in both Arabic and English so These were – this isn’t any import mark, this was done by the factory in Iraq on military only pistols On the other side we have some Arabic markings that translates to the name of the factory where these were produced I’ll give it a try I’m almost certainly going to butcher the pronunciation here, but it is the elta decía general establishment – iraq That’s outside of baghdad that particular factory actually makes two guns that are called the Tariq. One is this, a 9-millimeter copy of the Beretta 1951, the other is actually a .32 ACP or 7.65 millimeter copy of the Beretta Model 70 They make both guns, they call them both the Tariq. Which is a little bit confusing sometimes, but That’s what they did And the one other item of interest on the outside of the pistol is this little medallion in the grips That’s on both sides and this is a portrait of an Islamic general by the name of Tariq ibn Ziyad. That’s of course where the name comes from, he was a in Arabic Muslim general back Many hundreds of years ago He invaded southern Spain and did a pretty good job of conquering it in the early 700’s My understanding is that the island of Gibraltar is actually named after him. So Iraq produced these Tariq pistols starting in the late 1970s or early 1980s Production continued until 2003 when it stopped most likely because of US action although production did then resume again in 2009 and continues To the current day. Alright – the Tariq here is probably the lowest quality example of a Beretta copy manufacturing that I’ve ever seen Let’s go through. I can point out a couple of the rather cringe-worthy elements of quality control on this. First off You can see the slide extends slightly farther than the muzzle And we got a bit of an opening there You can see the recoil spring through. That’s not good if we take a look directly down the muzzle we can see several areas of concern So for one thing The frame down here is narrower than the frame over here The muzzle is not even close to centered in the slide up there Just all of the curves on this are pretty crudely done You can see there’s a noticeable difference in the thickness of the frame over here with the slide as opposed to over here A lot of that continues elsewhere on the gun – the web of the trigger guard, they’re just not very well made Disassembly of these pistols is pretty easy – Beretta did a really good job on the design. What we do is pull the slide back Until our disassembly lever is lined up with this cut out, then we can tilt that lever forward Take out the magazine And then the slide assembly slides off Inside the slide we have a recoil spring, which comes out, and then Our barrel comes out The Beretta 51 design uses this Tilting locking block. This is fairly similar to the Walther p38 Pistol has two locking lugs here on the sides Those lock into the frame on both sides down here Pretty simple design. It works well as long as it’s manufactured decently Some of the commercial Egyptian copies are known for shearing the locking lugs off the military Egyptian guns tend to be much better. I don’t know exactly. I don’t have a whole lot of reports of how effective… how You know the aesthetic quality of manufacture is one thing it’s not necessarily indicative of the The heat-treat and the specs on the the mechanically crucial parts. I don’t have a whole lot of information on malfunctions or critical flaws in Tariq pistols Kind of suspect they’re not that good My understanding is that these are not particularly popular even in Egypt or even in Iraq. They are still the standard military pistol for Iraq, they’re standard-issue pistol for a number of police units there as well Civilians, you know, in US employ, for example, when they have the option, generally try to get a better foreign-made gun That forward There we go One last thing to point out we have a safety up here. It’s actually a crossbolt safety Pushing to the left is safe Pushing to the right as fire, of course if you’re right-handed That works reasonably well, you can push in with your firing thumb to take the pistol off of safe Then we have a magazine release button down here So you can see there’s a cutout in the bottom of the magazine to accommodate that There we go. I hope you guys enjoyed the video. The Tariq here would be a cool addition to anyone’s collection of captured foreign military handguns, so despite the rather questionable quality of manufacture it’s gotten interest all its own because of of where it was used and when. So you can click the link below that will take you to Rock Island Auction’s catalog page on this specific Tariq and if you’re interested you can look at their description and their high-res photos and Sign up online and place a bid on it if you’re interested. So good luck and thanks for watching guys.