PK Machine Gun

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The PK machine gun and variants can be seen in the following films, video games, and television series used by the following actors:


Kalashnikov PK/PKM Machine Gun

PK Machine Gun, note the larger curved gas block and the thicker fluted barrel that was found on the original weapon - 7.62x54mm R
PKM with classic (most seen) version of the flash hider - 7.62x54mm R
PKM with latest version of Flash hider - 7.62x54mm R
PKS on Samojenkov tripod - 7.62x54mm R. Note the lack of a hinged shoulder strap on the stock and the fluted barrel; these differentiate the PK from the later PKM. This example is also seen with an earlier tripod without the modern tripod's belt box mount.
PKT machine gun with 250-round ammo drum - 7.62x54mm R

In 1961, Mikhail Kalashnikov's design for a General Purpose Machine Gun, the PK (Pulemyot Kalashnikova) was formally adopted by the Soviet Military. It fired the standard cartridge for the SVD Dragunov and the M91/30, the 7.62x54 Rimmed cartridge in non-disintegrating belts. In 1969 a modernized version, the PKM (Pulemyot Kalashnikova Modernizirovanniy) was fielded, with a lighter, unfluted barrel and a hinged shoulder strap on the buttstock.

There are four versions of the PK/PKM in use today.

1) The PK/PKM - basic GPMG version with Bipod.

2) PKS/PKMS (Pulemyot Kalashnikova Stankoviy) which is a tripod mounted version

3) PKT/PKMT (Pulemyot Kalashnikova Tankoviy) which is a solenoid fired coaxial version for vehicles.

4) PKB/PKMB (Pulemyot Kalashnikova na Bronetransportere) flex vehicle mounted version w/spade grips & butterfly trigger.


Title Actor Character Note Date
Survivor (2015) Is seen in Taliban's arms depot 2015
The Dawns Here Are Quiet (A zori zdes tikhie...) Nazi soldier mock-up as MG34 2015
Lone Survivor Taliban fighters 2013
Zombie Fever Yuliya Volkova Natasha 2013
Vladimir Putin
Red Dawn North Korean soldiers 2012
The Expendables 2 Nepalese guerrillas Mounted on Mercedes-Benz G-Wagens and boats 2012
R2B: Return to Base North Korean soldiers 2012
August. Eighth Russian and Georgian soldiers PKM and PKT machine guns 2012
Winter of the Dead. Meteletsa Sergey Shirochin Khan PK machine guns 2012
Special Forces Taliban fighter 2011
5 Days of War Georgian soldiers Mounted on M1114 HMMWV 2011
Home (Dom) Igor Skurikhin Veselyj 2011
Burnt by the Sun 2 (Utomlennye solntsem 2) German soldier Mocked up as MG34 2011
A Quiet Outpost (Tikhaya zastava) Andrey Chadov Capt. Pankov 2011
A Quiet Outpost (Tikhaya zastava) Aleksandr Alyoshkin Sgt. "Trasser" Kiryanov 2011
A Quiet Outpost (Tikhaya zastava) Islamist fighters 2011
Kandahar Taliban fighter 2010
Red CIA operative Modified with BHI SOPMOD accessory kit 2010
The Brest Fortress (Brestskaya Krepost) German soldiers Mocked up as MG34 2010
Mounted as main armament of the BA-20 armored car
A Yakuza's Daughter Never Cries Irina Rozanova Marfa Dorofeeva 2010
Dnieper Line: Love and War German soldiers Mocked up as MG34 2009
Mounted as main armament of the BA-20 armored car
District 13: Ultimatum 2009
Back in Time (My iz budushchego) German troops Mocked up as MG34 2008
Captive (Plennyy) Russian soldiers, Chechen fighters 2008
Captive (Plennyy) PKT, mounted on BTR-80 2008
D-Day (Den'D) Mikhail Porechenkov Ivan 2008
Body of Lies Seen lying on a wall 2008
Babylon A.D. Soldier 2008
Mirage Dmitriy Maryanov The Catcher 2008
Mirage Aleksey Dmitriev Akhmed 2008
Mirage Jamal's men and policemen 2008
The Apocalypse Code Various terrorists PKM and PKT machine guns 2007
Postal Paradise resident 2007
Blood Diamond Mercenary Mounted on ATE Mi-24 'Superhind' 2006
Children of Men British Army soldier 2006
Bastards (Svolochi) German soldiers Mocked up as MG34 2006
9th Company Ivan Kokorin Chugan 2005
Artur Smolyaninov Lyutyy
Soviet soldiers
Afghan Mujahideen
Soviet soldiers mounted on T-64 tanks
Sahara Soldiers 2005
On an Unnamed Hill (Na bezymyannoy vysote) Vladimir Yaglych Lt. Malyutin Mocked up as MG34 2004
Aleksey Chadov Pvt. Kolya Malakhov
German soldiers
Downfall (Der Untergang) German soldiers Mocked up as MG34 2004
Moscow Heat Richard Tyson Nikolay Klimov 2004
Moscow Heat Russian police Mounted on Tigr armored car 2004
Beyond Borders Chechen rebels 2003
The Star (Zvezda) German soldiers Mocked up as MG34 2002
War (Voyna) Chechen rebels 2002
Chechen rebel PKT tank machine gun converted to light machine gun
Black Hawk Down Seen on arms dealer's table 2001
Avalon Malgorzata Foremniak Ash Mounted on tank turret 2001
Savior UN peacekeepers 1998
Checkpoint (Blokpost) Yuri Grigoriev Pisser 1998
Prisoner of the Mountains (Kavkazskiy plennik) A Chechen fighter 1996
Goldeneye Soviet soldier 1995
Weather Is Good on Deribasovskaya, It Rains Again on Brighton Beach Mikhail Kokshenov Kravchuk 1992
Afghan Breakdown Soviet paratroopers With and without bipods 1990
Before Sunrise (Pered rassvetom) German soldiers Mocked up as MG34 1989
Rambo III Sylvester Stallone John Rambo 1988
The Action (Aktsiya) Artyom Kaminsky Lt. Albert Volkov Mocked up as MG34 1987
The Action (Aktsiya) Aleksandr Novikov Lt. Vsevolod Veselov Mocked up as MG34 1987
Battle for Moscow German soldiers Mocked up as MG34 1985
Come and See (Idi i smotri) Soviet partisan Mocked up as MG34n 1985
The Battalions Request Fire (Batalyony prosyat ognya) Igor Sklyar Sgt. Vitkovsky Mocked up as MG34 1985
German soldiers
Snipers (Snaypery) German soldiers Mocked up as MG34 1985
Solo Voyage Soviet Naval Infantry soldiers 1985
Parade of the Planets (Parad planet) PKT mounted on T-55 tank and BRDM-2 armored car 1984
Start Liquidation (Pristupit k likvidatsii) Bandits Mocked up as MG34 1983
Under Martial Law (Po zakonam voyennogo vremeni) A German soldier Mocked up as MG34 1983
Front in the Rear of the Enemy (Front v tylu vraga) Soviet soldiers Mocked up as MG34 1981
Corps of General Shubnikov (Korpus generala Shubnikova) German soldiers Mocked up as MG34 1980
Pirates of the XXth Century (Piraty XX veka) Pirates Mocked up as MG34 1979
Long Miles of War (Dolgie vyorsty voyny) German soldiers Mounted on BTR-40 1975
Trial of the Road (Proverka na dorogakh) Vladimir Zamansky Lazarev PK (not PKM!) mocked up as MG34 1971
German soldiers


Show Title Actor Character Note Air Date
The State Border: Film 5 German soldiers Modified to resemble MG34. With and without tripods 1986
The State Border: Film 6 Ukrainian Insurgents Modified to resemble MG34 1987
Stargate SG-1 Russian SG member "Metamorphosis" 1997 - 2007
Purgatory (Chistilishche) Russian soldiers and Chechen fighters 1998
Brigada Sergei Bezrukov Alexander Belov 2002
I Have The Honor! (Chest Imeyu!) Russian paratroopers and Chechen rebels 2004
The Unit African soldiers "Stress" S01E02 2005-2009
E-Ring Iranian Revolutionary Guard "Escape and Evade" S01E03 2005 - 2006
The Storm Gate Russian soldiers and Chechen terrorists 2006
The Storm Gate PKT coaxial tank machine gun mounted in BMD-1 2006
Generation Kill Iraqi soldiers With and without tripods 2008
Deadliest Warrior Somali Pirate 2009
Ultimate Weapons 2010
Defiance Sensoth Modified with BHI SOPMOD accessory kit 2013
Banshee - Season 3 Chayton's tribesmen Ep. 5 2015

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Mods Notation Release Date
Steel Beasts PKT, mounted on Soviet vehicles, non-playable 2000
Operation Flashpoint 2001
The Sum Of All Fears "7.62mm LMG" 2002
Ghost Recon: Desert Siege PKM 2002
Conflict: Desert Storm 2002
Freedom Fighters Heavy Machine Gun 2003
Söldner: Secret Wars 2004
Battlefield 2 2005
Battlefield 2 PKT, mounted in T90 tank 2005
Project Reality Hand-held and in fixed defensive mountings 2005
Project Reality PKT, mounted in BRDM-2 scout vehicle, BTR-60, BTR-80, BTR-80A, MT-LB, BMP-1, BMP-2, & BMP-3 APC's, and T62, T72, & T90 tanks 2005
Rainbow Six: Vegas cut weapon 2006
Kane & Lynch: Dead Men mounted 2007
ArmA: Armed Assault 2007
Army of Two Numerous modifications to the weapon 2008
7.62 High Calibre 2008
Far Cry 2 2008
Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 cut weapon 2008
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky 2008
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots PKM PKT also shown mounted on BMP-3 2008
ArmA II 2009
Resident Evil 5 w/ RPD handguard, mounted on Humvee 2009
SOCOM: US Navy SEALs Fireteam Bravo 3 "PK-M" 2010
Delta Force: Xtreme 2 2010
Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker PKM 2010
Battlefield Bad Company 2 PKM LMG With short flash suppressor 2010
Medal of Honor (2010) PKM w/ various attachments 2010
Battlefield Play4Free With optional tan stock and ammo box 2011
Battlefield Play4Free PKT, mounted in T90 tank 2011
Ace Combat: Assault Horizon PKT, shown mounted on BDRM-2 2011
Counter-Strike Online PKM With 3-round burst mode 2011
NCIS: The Video Game 2011
Uncharted 3 2011
Project Reality: Vietnam Anachronistically used by NVA 2012
Project Reality: Vietnam PKT, mounted on BTR-60 2012
War Inc. Battlezone 2011
Ghost Recon: Future Soldier PKT, mounted in T-90 tank not usable 2012
Far Cry 3 PKM 2012
Grand Theft Auto V "MG" 2013
Ghost Recon: Phantoms PKM 2014


Title Character Note Date
Resident Evil: Damnation PKT, mounted in BMP-3 2012

PKP Pecheneg Machine Gun

PKP Pecheneg machine gun with ammo box - 7.62x54mm R. Note the visible belt is fed through the gun; the PKP still feeds from right to left.

The PKP Pecheneg machine gun is a modernized version of the PKM with a forced-air-cooled, non-changeable barrel that allows for longer periods of fire and greater accuracy. Further improvements include the shifting of the bipod towards the muzzle to improve stability, and the capability to mount optical sights. The Pecheneg currently is in service with some Russian military and interior ministry units.

A bullpup variant is also produced by the manufacturer, with a very distinctive slanted belt box mounted in front of the trigger guard, with the belt run back to a feed opening rear of the grip.


Title Actor Character Note Date
D-Day (Den'D) Mikhail Porechenkov Ivan Mounted on Ural motorcycle 2008

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Mods Notation Release Date
Project Reality With optional PK-A scope 2005
7.62 High Calibre 2008
ArmA II w/ PK-A scope 2009
Rogue Warrior 2009
SOCOM: US Navy SEALs Fireteam Bravo 3 PK-P 2010
Battlefield 3 With various Russian optics 2011
Battlefield Play4Free As the "Pecheneg" With optional EOTech red dot sight & M145 MGO scope 2011
Operation Flashpoint: Red River 2011
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 PKP Pecheneg With various optics Incorrectly feeds from left 2011
SOCOM 4: US Navy SEALs PKP 2011
War Inc. Battlezone Pecheneg 2011
Ghost Recon: Future Soldier PKP 2012
Medal of Honor: Warfighter PKP Can be fitted with PKM furniture. 2012
Ghost Recon: Phantoms 6P41 2014
Survarium 2014
Contract Wars 2014

Zastava M84 Machine Gun

Zastava M84 machine gun with the bipod deployed - 7.62x54mm R.

The Zastava M84 is a clone of the PK Machine Gun built by Zastava Arms. The M84 is distinguishable by its solid wooden stock and unfluted barrel, and is common in the former Yugoslavia and Iraq.


Title Actor Character Note Date
The Hunting Party Soldiers mounted atop vehicles 2007
Coriolanus Volscian soldiers 2011

See Also

  • V.A. Degtyarev Plant - A list of all firearms manufactured by V.A. Degtyarev Plant (ZiD).
  • TsNIITochMash - A list of all firearms manufactured by TsNIITochMash.
  • Zastava Arms - A list of all firearms manufactured by Zastava Arms.

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