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DShK heavy machine gun

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NOTE: Some films and television series will often use a Browning M2HB or an M60D mocked up to resemble the DShK. Please be sure that the weapon is a genuine DShK and not another weapon mocked up as one.

The original DShK - 12.7x108mm. Note the round shape of the feeder cover and the different shape of the muzzle brake.
DShKM - 12.7x108mm
DShKM on tripod - 12.7x108mm
DShKM heavy machine gun in standard vehicle mounting on a Romanian TR-85 main battle tank - 12.7x108mm

The DShK (Russian: ДШК, Дегтярёва-Шпагина Крупнокалиберный, "Degtyaryov-Shpagin large-calibre") is a Soviet heavy machine gun introduced in 1938. First seeing combat during the Winter War and World War II, it was primarily used mounted on vehicles as an anti-aircraft weapon. In 1946, the DShKM was introduced, which proved to be more reliable and easier to produce than the original model. The DShKM is the most widely-produced model of the machine gun, with over one million produced until Soviet production ceased in 1980. License-produced models were also made in Pakistan, Iran, Yugoslavia, Romania, Poland, and Czechoslovakia. Since World War II, the DShK has seen action in numerous conflicts, including the Korean War, First Indochina War, Vietnam War, Six Day War, Iran–Iraq War, The Troubles, Gulf War, Yugoslav Wars, Iraq War, Chechen Wars, Syrian Civil War, and Russo-Ukrainian War.

While no longer produced in Russia, the DShK remains widely used in Russian service, although it is meant to be phased out by its successors, the NSV and Kord. It, along with its contemporary and inspiration the Browning M2, are the only .50 caliber machine guns designed prior to World War II that remain in service to this day.

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


  • Type: Heavy Machine Gun
  • Caliber: 12.7x108mm
  • Weight: 74.15 lb (34 kg)
  • Length: 64.8 in (164.6 cm)
  • Barrel length(s): 42.1 in (106.8 cm)
  • Capacity: 50-round ammo belt
  • Fire Modes: Fully Automatic, 600 rounds per minute


Title Actor Character Note Date
Invincible (Nepobedimye) Soviet soldiers 1943
T-9 Submarine (Podvodnaya lodka T-9) Mounted on Soviet Navy ships 1943
Ivan Nikulin: Russian Sailor (Ivan Nikulin - Russkiy Matros) Mounted on the G-5 class torpedo boat 1944
The Marine Battalion (Morskoy batalion) Mounted of patrol boat 1944
The Last Hill (Malakhov kurgan) Mounted on Soviet Navy ships 1944
Victorious Return (Majup ar uzvaru) Soviet soldiers On AA tripod 1948
The Battle of Stalingrad (Stalingradskaya bitva), Part I Mounted on Soviet river boats 1949
The Battle of Stalingrad (Stalingradskaya bitva), Part II Mounted on Soviet river boats 1949
The Tank Brigade Soviet soldiers Tripod-mounted, with anti-aircraft sights 1955
You are Attagirl, Anita! (Ty molodets, Anita!) Mounted on a police boat 1957
The Black Battalion (Cerný prapor) French Foreign Legion 1958
Thirst (Zhazhda) Soviet soldiers On AA tripod 1959
Fortress on Wheels (Krepost na kolesah) Soviet soldiers Mounted on the armoured train 1960
Spring (Kwiecien) Polish soldiers 1961
On the way to Berlin (Na puti v Berlin) Mounted on ISU SPG 1969
The Naval Mettle (Morskoy kharakter) Mounted of patrol boat 1970
My Zero Hour (Meine Stunde Null) Soviet sailor Seen in documentary footage, mounted on torpedo boat 1970
Mission in Kabul (Missiya v Kabule) DShKM, mounted on Afghan T-55 tanks; Seen in documentary footage 1971
Listen on the Other Side (Daisny tserguudee sonsotsgoo!) Mounted on Mongolian T-62 tanks 1971
Liberation: The Last Assault Soviet soldiers Mounted on Soviet ISU-152 SPG 1971
To Survive Until Dawn (Dozhit do rassveta) Soviet soldiers Triple AA mounting, seen in documentary footage 1975
The Wolf Pack (Volchya staya) Seen in partisans camp; on tripod, with AA sights and grips 1975
Front Beyond the Front Line (Front za liniey fronta) German soldiers 1977
Allegro Con Brio (Allegro s ognyom) Soviet sailors Mounted on patrol boat 1979
To Command Yourself (Prikazhi sebe) Mounted on T-55 tanks 1980
Across the Gobi and the Khingan (Govi Khyangand tulaldsan ni) Soviet soldiers mounted on T-55 and T-62 1981
Front in the Rear of the Enemy (Front v tylu vraga) German soldiers Tripod-mounted 1981
Battle for Moscow Soviet soldiers triplex mount can be seen only in documentary footage 1985
Come and See (Idi i smotri) Soviet partisans 1985
The Battalions Request Fire (Batalyony prosyat ognya) Soviet soldiers Mounted on ISU-152 SPG 1985
Gunpowder (Porokh) Soviet sailors On naval mountings 1985
Rambo III Sylvester Stallone John Rambo Tripod-mounted, with anti-aircraft sights 1988
Rambo III Soviet soldiers Tripod-mounted 1988
The Secret Fairway (Sekretniy farvater) Soviet sailors Mounted on Project 1204 patrol gunboats 1988
Cargo 300 (Gruz 300) Afghan mujaheddins Tripod-mounted, with anti-aircraft sights 1989
White Crows (Belye vorony) Soviet troops Mounted on T-62 tank 1989
Afghan Breakdown Nikolai Ustinov Pvt. Onisimov Tripod-mounted 1991
The Boondock Saints Seen in arms cache 1999
Three Kings Iraqi soldiers Mounted on faux T-72 tank 1999
Proof of Life Chechen insurgents Mounted on truck 2000
Black Hawk Down Somali militiamen Mounted on pickup trucks 2001
Die Another Day Mounted on T-55 tanks 2002
Tears of the Sun Rebels Mounted on truck 2003
Stealth North Korean soldiers Tripod-mounted 2005
Blood Diamond R.U.F. rebels Mounted on pickup trucks 2006
Shooter Ethiopian rebels Mounted on truck 2007
X-Men Origins: Wolverine Nigerian soldier mounted in machine gun nest 2009
Hotel Lux Soviet soldier 2011
The White Tiger (Belyy tigr) Soviet soldiers Mounted on Soviet ISU-152 SPG 2012
A Good Day to Die Hard Mounted on helicopter 2013
Captain Phillips Somali pirates Mounted on pickup trucks 2013
The Interview Mounted on T-55 tank 2014
22 Minutes (22 minuty) Somali Pirates On tripod 2014
The Siege of Jadotville mercenaries 2016
The Mummy tribal fighters 2017
Atomic Blonde An East-German border guard mounted on UAZ-469 jeep 2017
12 Strong mounted on technicals and T-72 tanks 2018
Black Widow Seventh Circle Prison guard On tripod 2021


Title Actor Character Note / Episode Date
Take Him Alive (Vzyat zhivym) Mounted on T-40 tank, seen in documentary footage 1983
Omega Option (Variant "Omega") Soviet soldiers and sailors Seen in documentary footage; AA mounting, twin naval mounting, on T-40 tank 1975
The Walking Dead - Season 1 Mounted on tripod; "Wildfire" (S1E05) 2010
Missing Russian troops mounted on T-90 tank/ "Rain on the Evil and on the Good" (S1E10) 2012
Black Cats (Chyornye koshki) Soviet soldiers Seen in documentary footage 2013
Man in the High Castle, The - Season 2 Imperial Japanese military "The Tiger's Cave" (S2E01) 2016
Man in the High Castle, The - Season 3 Imperial Japanese military, German Soldiers Mounted on utility vehicle: "Sensô Kôi" (S3E03). Mounted on Wehrmacht Heer T-55 MBT: "Sabra" (S3E04), "Jahr Null" (S3E10) 2018

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Notation Release Date
Steel Beasts Mounted on T-55 tanks 2000
Conflict: Desert Storm 2002
Conflict: Desert Storm II 2003
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater Mounted on various vehicles 2004
Conflict: Vietnam 2004
Project Reality Tripod-mounted and on pickup trucks & T-62 tanks 2005
Chameleon 2005
Conflict: Global Terror 2005
UberSoldier mounted on a German submarine 2006
ArmA: Armed Assault 2007
Mercenaries 2: World in Flames Mounted on various fictional and non-fictional vehicles, on tripods 2008
ArmA II Mounted on UAZ jeeps and tripods 2009
9th Company: Roots of Terror Mounted on pickup trucks and tripods 2009
Call of Duty: Black Ops Mounted on flatbed trucks 2010
Medal of Honor DShK 2010
Metro 2033 2010
Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker 2010
Bodycount Fictional DShK-based handheld weapon used by Chinese heavy enemies 2011
Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Mounted on technical trucks and T-55 tank 2011
Uncharted 3 2011
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Mounted on T-90 tanks, Remote Sentry turret, GAZ-2975 Tigr, Russian PT boats, and mono/tripod mounts 2011
Metro: Last Light TBA
7554 2011
Project Reality: Vietnam Tripod-mounted and on UAZ-469 jeeps & Sampan boats 2012
Far Cry 3 2012
Grand Theft Auto V Mounted on a Karin Rebel. Added in the "Heists Update" 2013
Company of Heroes 2 2013
World of Guns: Gun Disassembly DShK Mounted on tripod or wheeled mounting 2014
Squad Mounted on tripods or SUVs 2015
Rising Storm 2: Vietnam on tripod mounts 2017
Insurgency Sandstorm Technical mounted, also used as stand-in for M230 Chaingun on AH-64 2018
Call to Arms 2018
Far Cry 6 Vehicle and stationary mounts 2021
Enlisted "DShK" stationary mounts 2021
"12.7 mm DShK machine gun" vehicle mounts
Call to Arms - Gates of Hell: Ostfront 2021
Military Conflict: Vietnam 2022


Film Title Character Note Date
First Squad: The Moment of Truth Soviet soldiers 2009
Giovanni's Island Soviet soldiers mounted on Soviet boats 2014
Ajin A militia man mounted on a militia technical 2016
Saga of Tanya the Evil: The Movie Russy Federation troops 2019

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