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Russian PKM



The PKM machine gun is a well-known weapon that has become synonymous with the Soviet Union/Russian Federation. It is a light machine gun that was developed in the 1960s, and has been used extensively by the Russian Armed Forces. The PKM is an evolution of the earlier PK machine gun. The development of the PKM began in the 1950s, when the Soviet Union began looking for a replacement for its aging SG-43 machine gun. The new weapon was to be a modern, reliable, and lightweight machine gun that could be easily produced and maintained. After extensive testing and development, the PKM was adopted by the Soviet Army in 1961. The PKM is a gas-operated, belt-fed machine gun that fires the 7.62x54mmR cartridge. It has a maximum effective range of around 1,000 meters and a cyclic rate of fire of around 650-750 rounds per minute. The PKM can be fired from a bipod or a tripod, and it can be mounted on a vehicle or used as a coaxial weapon on a tank.

Some of the Key Features of the PKM light machine gun are its distinct wood thumbhole stock, it’s green ribbed ammunition belt can, the Bakelite Ak style pistol grip, and wood carry handle. One could argue its reliability is a key feature of the PKM as well. It is known for its ability to operate in harsh conditions, including extreme temperatures and dirty environments. The PKM is also easy to maintain and repair. The PKM saw extensive use in the Soviet-Afghan War, where it proved to be a reliable and effective weapon. It has also been used in numerous other conflicts, including the Gulf War, the Yugoslav Wars, and the ongoing conflicts in the Middle East. Over the years, the PKM has undergone several improvements and upgrades. The PKP Pecheneg, was introduced in the early 2000s. This version featured a heavier barrel and improved cooling system, allowing it to fire for longer periods of time without overheating. Today, the PKM remains a standard weapon in the Russian Armed Forces, and is also used by many other militaries around the world. Its reliability and effectiveness have made it a popular choice for both infantry and vehicle-mounted applications. The PKM's legacy as a reliable and effective weapon has ensured its place in history as one of the most iconic machine guns of the 20th century.

Origin: Soviet Union
Manufactured: 1960's
Manufacturer: Degtyaryov plant

Type: Belt-Fed Machine Gun

Caliber: 7.62x54mmR
Barrel Length: 605mm (23.8")
Action: Gas=Operated, Long-Stroke Piston, Open Rotating Bolt

Magazine Capacity: 50/100 Round Belts, 200/250 Round Boxes

This is a Semi-Automatic Representation of the Firearm.


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