The Hakim - part 3
by B.B. Pelletier
Before I get started, let me tell you about two exciting new ammo products. Pyramyd Air now carries Hornady .45 and .50 caliber lead round balls for all you big bore shooters. The .45 will fit the Sam Yang Big Bore 909 and the .50 will work in the Shingsung Dragon Slayer. Because these are round balls and therefore weigh less than pellets of the same caliber, your guns should get significantly higher velocities.
Now, on to the Hakim. We heard from two readers about the symbols I called "flames" surrounding the death's-head crest on the Hakim. The first alerted us to the fact that the inscriptions might actually be Egyptian calligraphy. The second reader seems to have confirmed this, as he gave us the translation - "Al haras Al watani," which he tells us is Arabic for The National Guard. My thanks to both readers, because this is something that is not widely known among American airgun collectors.
In the hopes of learning more about this rifle, I'm showing closeups of the writing on the end cap.
Writing on the left side of the end cap.
Writing on the top of the end cap.
Writing on the right side of the end cap.
Testing the health of a Hakim
Because of its loading tap, the Hakim's general condition can be ascertained without shooting the gun. Simply cock the gun, which raises the loading tap, hold on to the cocking lever and fire the gun. The cocking lever will be propelled up toward the stored position, but will stop about halfway there if the gun is sealing at the loading tap. This tells you several things. First, that the loading tap is relatively air-tight. If you release the cocking lever, it'll eventually close in a few seconds. How long it takes to close is an indication of just how tight the tap is sealing.
The second thing you learn is that the piston seal is working because it's compressing air in front of it. It will also leak some air, causing the cocking lever to return to the stored position. How do you know if the loading tap is sealing or the piston seal is sealing? Simple. When the loading lever gets close to the bottom of the stock, close the tap. The lever will snap home when you do. If the piston seal is leaking, closing the loading lever won't change the rate of closure as much. Also, the piston seal doesn't leak air as fast as the tap when it's working. I've seen guns that would hold in place for 30 seconds or until the tap was closed.
Oiling a Hakim
There's a special trick to oiling a Hakim, and it has to do with the loading tap. Open the tap manually (without cocking the rifle) and fill it full of oil, which takes a lot of oil. You can use regular petroleum oil because the compression ratio is not that high. Close the tap and stand the rifle on its butt for a minute or so. Then, cock the rifle with the muzzle pointing straight up. The oil will run down into the compression chamber when the tap is closed and the rifle stands on its butt. When the gun is cocked, the oil will be spread to the walls of the compression chamber. Try it!
The loading tap outside the rifle. Those smooth, tapered walls get coated with oil, which helps to seal the tap area during firing.
When the rifle is well-oiled, the outer walls of the loading tap will get coated with oil, helping it seal itself. Of course, these outer walls are still inside the receiver of the rifle, so no oil gets out of the gun.
Revitalizing a piston seal
The old black Hakim piston seal gets pretty hard from disuse. You can put some life into it by repeatedly cocking the gun and doing the compression check described above. After several cycles, the lip of the piston seal will warm up and become flexible again. This also distributes oil to the walls of the compression chamber, which gives you a double whammy.
Good for all
As I mentioned last time, the Hakim seems to be a close copy of the BSA Airsporter, so these tips should work for that rifle as well. Also, the rare Falke 80 and 90 rifles share an identical powerplant, and these tips will work for them.
This is the last report on the Hakim, unless you have lots of questions I can answer. There's a lot that isn't known about these rifles, though I have learned more while writing these three segments than I knew previously. I have spoken with Dieter Anschutz several times about this rifle. He remembers the contract but very few of the details.