PKM 7.62 x 54mm machine gun

This item is HIRE ONLY for use by a recognised Film, TV, Commercials or Theatre production company.




The PK is a general purpose machine gun, designed in the Soviet Union and currently in production in Russia.  The PK machine gun was introduced in the 1960s and replaced the SDM and RPD machine guns in Soviet service.

The original PK (Pulemyot Kalashnikova) or “Kalshnikovs’ machine gun” was a development of Kalashnikov’s automatic rifle design, and is chambered for the 7.62 x 54mmR ammunition, originally from the Mosin-Nagant Model 1891 rifle.

It remains in use as a front-line infantry and vehicle mounted weapon with the Russian armed forces and has been exported extensively.

Fitted with a simple bipod, it is the squad level support weapon, is also extensively vehicle mounted and can be used as a light Anti Aircraft weapon when placed upon an AA mount.

Most are belt-fed using 25 round belts that are linked to any length necessary and housed in a belt box that clips below the receiver.

Typical of Soviet machine guns, the standard model feeds from the right and ejection of spent cases is on the left side of the receiver, most Western guns ejecting to the right.

Helpful Info

Regarding dates and period correctness, this item is appropriate for Soviet forces and member states of the Warsaw Pact from the 1960s up to the present day. Also widely seen in the MIddle East and many African and Asian nations.

Foxtrot example shown is the later PKM model, fitted with a folding bipod and adopted in 1969, when it was improved and lightened.

Film Set Notes

A very good weapon. The 7.62 x 54R cartridge being very punchy, the PKM has an impressive flash and presence.

Also, as these guns tend to be vehicle / aircraft mounted, prep time must be built into the filming schedule to allow for this work to take place.