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Heavy machine guns of Russian Ground Forces (Eng. CC)

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The video shows three of the Russian Ground Forces’ toughest machine guns. While it’s in Russian, and there are no subtitles, the guns are given as the KPV, the KORD and the PK.

The KPV heavy machine gun is Soviet-designed, 14.5x114mm-caliber. It first entered military use in 1949, taken out due to its bulk, then later redesigned for aircraft use. Its size and power make it ideal as a light, anti-armor weapon on tanks and the BRDM-2 scout car. Now, it’s used in armored cars, boats, antiaircraft mounts, and more. It has a maximum flight range of 9km, and uses a 50-round belt. It is meant to hit targets from distances up to 3,000 meters and air targets up to 2,000 meters away.

The Kord machine gun is also Russian designed and entered service in 1998. It was developed at a time when there was a significant lack of heavy machine guns in the country, and the army needed a solid weapon chambered in 12.7x108mm. The Kord is capable of less recoil and a greater rate of fire, and is incredibly accurate due to its high-tech alloy construction. It may be fired from a bipod, is lightweight and can easily be moved around by one soldier.

The PK, or Kalashnikov’s Machine Gun, is a general-purpose machine gun, originally produced in 1961, it has since seen redesigns and remains as a front-line infantry weapon and vehicle-mounted weapon for Russia’s Armed Forces. The PK has also been exported worldwide, and is used by other countries in combat. The original PK was based on Kalashnikov’s AKM assault rifle and the RPK light machine gun. The PK is chambered in 7.62x54mmR, with a bolt and carrier design similar to the AK-47. These belt-fed light machine guns are used as the standard squad automatic weapons of Russian soldiers, while PK variants are used for heavier uses.

 

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