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Old January 13, 2012, 05:21 PM   #1
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Helwan Brigadier

I just aquired a helwan 9mm, not to familiar with it, does anyone else own one. I was told that they are an exact copy of the beretta 1951. Do the parts enterchange and such?
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Old January 13, 2012, 05:41 PM   #2
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Parts should interchange,made on the same machinery,helwans are just a little more rougher finished.Bought one of each back in around 1990 on the same table at a local gunshow.Never tried to swap parts though.
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Old January 13, 2012, 08:53 PM   #3
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Yes, parts should interchange. The Beretta Brigadier (they later re-used the name) was a decent gun, just behind its time, a single action pistol when the world was going to double action. Beretta built on the experience, though, and came up with some good DA pistols.

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Old January 13, 2012, 08:58 PM   #4
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Parts will interchange, or at least they did many years ago when I had one.

They are actually good, reliable and inexpensive little guns. When I bought my first Helwan they could be bought for $100.00...that was about 25yrs ago.
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Old January 14, 2012, 06:24 PM   #5
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helwans are just a little more rougher finished
Man, that's an understatement! The two I had ran like scalded apes, but they looked like they had each part hammered out with dull cold chissels by a one armed drunk chimp.
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Old January 15, 2012, 04:48 PM   #6
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Thanks for the info guys, i really like the little gun. I got sausage fingers so i tend to lean towards the single stack pistols, and this one fits perfectly in my hand.
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Old January 29, 2012, 08:26 PM   #7
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Sounds like others have had luck with their Helwan.Mine was a poorly made piece of junk and completely unreliable.
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