Helwan 9mm...Ever heard of one?
The husband of one of my distant relatives passed away about a year
ago. His wife (my relative) knew he had a couple of handguns before he
died, but she could not find them. Last week she found both of them.
She is not a gun person, although she doesn't dislike them. She knows I
shoot a lot, so she showed them to me.
One is a double action revolver, in .22 LR, marked H&R. It doesn't have an
ejector rod. I haven't fired it, but it appears the only way to get spent
cartridges out of the cylinder is to pull the base pin, remove the cylinder
from the frame, and manually extract each empty case with a screwdriver
or other such implement.
The other gun is a "Helwan" 9mm semi-auto. The import mark on the slide
says: "Interarms" and "Made in Egypt. "
The bottom of the box has a picture of the gun "exploded" with the parts
numbered. On the right side of the picture is a numbered parts list, with
English and Egyptian writing. It is a single-action only gun with about
a 10 pound trigger pull.
Both guns looked like the first owner had never cleaned them. The bolt
face in the Helwan was dirty, but not badly scarred, so he may not have
fired it much.
Anyone ever heard of an Egyptian made "Helwan?"
By the way, the serial number is 1116XXX, so they might have made a
bunch of them!
I will attempt to post some pictures when I can.
I have cleaned and oiled both guns. I plan to take them to my favorite
gun smith next week to see what he thinks of them. In the mean time,
can anyone tell me anything about either gun?