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Kalashnikov PKM (Pulemyot Kalashnikova Modernizirovany)

Soviet Union (1969)
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Some 1,000,000 PK machine gun systems and associated variants are estimated to have been produced.


Detailing the development and operational history of the Kalashnikov PKM (Pulemyot Kalashnikova Modernizirovany) General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) / Light Machine Gun (LMG).  Entry last updated on 10/20/2017; Authored by Staff Writer; Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com

The PK General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) is a highly respected weapon that was added to the Soviet Army arsenal to replace the aging RP46 system. The PK was chambered to fire the same 7.62mm round that was and continues to be common throughout Russian supply depots and in former Soviet-supported states and clients.

As a squad support weapon, the PK compliments the existing array of assault rifles that fire a middle-range version of the same round. A bipod is fitted to the underside of the barrel system for stabilized support and can be folded up and into the design when portability is required. Additionally, a carrying handle is added atop the barrel towards the middle of the weapon to make transit a snap. The weapon feeds into a feed system similar to that as found on the AK systems before it, and can fire from a 100, 200 or 250 round belt (either fired as a free-fed belt or held in a box). For overheating concerns, the barrel is designed to be replaceable and most necessary when sustained fire of upwards of 650 rounds per minute is reached.


Picture of the Kalashnikov PKM (Pulemyot Kalashnikova Modernizirovany) General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) / Light Machine Gun (LMG)
Picture of the Kalashnikov PKM (Pulemyot Kalashnikova Modernizirovany) General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) / Light Machine Gun (LMG)


The PK has been developed into other serviceable versions based on the same successful design. The PKS represents the PK when mounted on a heavy duty tripod mount. The tank machine gun version is known as the PKT. A true general purpose machine gun that is light and reliable, the PK family continues to serve throughout the world in the most deadly-effective of roles.
Supported Mission Types:
Frontline Issuance
Special Forces
Close Quarters Battle
Sniper
Designated Marksman/Sharpshooter
Suppressed/Silenced
Area Effect/Suppression
Indirect Fire
Airspace Denial
Anti-Material
Attachment Weapon
Aircraft-Mounted
Vehicle-Mounted
Antique/Collectors
Prototype/Development
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Origin: Soviet Union
Year: 1969
Type: General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) / Light Machine Gun (LMG)
Manufacturer(s): Kalashnikov / State Factories - Soviet Union - Russia
Global Operators:
Afghanistan; Albania; Algeria; Armenia; Azerbaijan; Bangladesh; Belarus; Bulgaria; Cambodia; Cape Verde; China; Croatia; Cuba; Czech Republic; Democratic Republic of the Congo; East Germany; Egypt; Finland; Georgia; Greece; Hungary; India; Iran; Iraq; Israel; Kazakstan; Kyrgyzstan; Mali; Moldova; Nicaragua; North Korea; Panama; Poland; Romania; Russia; Republic of the Congo; Serbia; Slovakia; Soviet Union; Sri Lanka; Tajikistan; Turkmenistan; Turkey; Ukraine; Uzbekistan; Vietnam; Yugoslavia; Zimbabwe
Structural - Internal Design, Dimensions, and Weights:

Operation
ACTION


System
Gas-Operated; Open Bolt


Operation
CALIBER(S)


(Model / Chambering Dependent)
7.62x54R Russian


Operation
FEED


(Model / Chambering Dependent)
100-, 200- or 250-round belt


Length
OVERALL


Millimeters
1,193 mm


Inches
46.97 in


Structural
WEIGHT


Pounds (Unloaded)
19.62 lb


Kilograms (Unloaded)
8.90 kg

Operating Performance (Typical):

Performance
Rate-of-Fire


Rounds-per-Minute
650 rpm


Performance
RANGE


Feet
3,280 ft


Meters
1,000 m


Yards
1,093 yd

Variants: Series Model Variants
• PK - Original production model
• PKS
• PKT - Vehicle Mounted Variant
• PKM - Current production model
• PKMS - Heavy model; tripod fitting; night sight scope capability.
• PKP
• M84 - PK produced under license by Zastava Arms in Serbia.
• M86 - PKT produced under license by Zastava Arms in Serbia.