DShK Model 1938 Technical Specifications
Service Year: 1938
Type: Heavy Machine Gun (HMG)
National Origin: Soviet Union
Manufacturer(s): State Factories - Soviet Union / Czechoslovakia / China / Iran / Pakistan / Romania / Yugoslavia
Design (Internal, Dimensions and Weights)
Firing Action: Gas-Operated; Belt-Fed
Available Caliber(s): 12.7x108mm Soviet
Ammunition Count / Feed: 50-round belt
Overall Length: 1,625 mm (63.98 inches)
Barrel Length: 1,070 mm (42.13 inches)
Weight (Empty): 346.13 lb (157.00 kg)
Sighting Assist: Base Iron; Optional Optics
Muzzle Velocity: 2,788 feet/sec (850 m/sec)
Rate-of-Fire (RoF): 600 rounds-per-minute (rpm)
Typical Range: 6,500 feet (1,981 meters; 2,167 yards)
Global Operators / Customers
Afghanistan; Albania; Algeria; Angola; Armenia; Azerbaijan; Bangladesh; Belarus; Bulgaria; Cambodia; Cape Verde; Central African Republic; Chad; Chile; China; Congo-Brazzaville; Cuba; Cyprus; Czechoslovakia; Czech Republic; Democratic Republic of Congo; Egypt; Equatorial Guinea; Eritrea; Ethiopia; Finland; Georgia; Ghana; Guinea; Guinea-Bissau; Hungary; Indonesia; Iran; Iraq; Israel; Kazakhstan; Kyrgyzstan; Laos; Libya; Lithuania; Macedonia; Madagascar; Mali; Malta; Mozambique; Nicaragua; Nigeria; North Korea; North Vietnam; Pakistan; Peru; Russia; Serbia; Seychelles; Sierra Leone; Slovakia; Somalia; Soviet Union; Syria; Tanzania; Togo; Turkmenistan; Uganda; Ukraine; Vietnam; Yemen; Yugoslavia; Zambia; Zimbabwe
Model Variants (Including Prototypes)
DShK Model 1938 (DShK) - Base Series Designation; initial production version.
DShK Model 1938/40 - Simplified feed mechanism
DShK Model 1938/46 (DShKM) - Post-War modernized form with new feed based on the RP46 belt-fed machine gun.
MGD - Iranian local-production of the Soviet-era DShk heavy machine gun.