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The PK Machine Gun is a Russian belt-fed general-purpose machine gun firing the venerable 7.62x54mmR round. The weapon was designed late in a project started in 1955 to replace the ageing Degtyaryov RP-46 and Goryunov SGM as a battalion- and company-level machine gun, as the Soviet military had been impressed by the GPMG concept exemplified by the German MG42.

While an initial design by Grigory Nikitin and Yuri Sokolov had produced a candidate for this project in 1958, the PN1, a team from Izhevsk Mechanical Plant headed by Mikhail Kalashnikov produced a competitor in 1960 derived from the gas-operated, rotating-bolt AK action, turned upside-down and using an open bolt for improved cooling and a two-stage belt-feed with non-disintegrating links. Trials showed the result, the PK (Pulemyot Kalashnikova; "Kalashnikov's machine gun") to be superior to the Nikitin-Sokolov design. The Nikitin-Sokolov design would later form the basis of the NSV heavy machine gun.

In 1969 a modernized version, the PKM (Pulemyot Kalashnikova Modernizirovanniy) was fielded, with a lighter, unfluted barrel and a hinged metal shoulder strap on the buttstock.

Unlike other open bolt machine guns, such as those derived from the MG42, the PK uses a two-stage feed mechanism with a cartridge-gripping claw that pulls the rimmed rounds out of the belt backwards, drops them into the feed way, before pushing them into the chamber when firing (the MG42, and its derivatives like the M60, pushes their rimless rounds directly out of the belts and into the chamber when firing). This also means that the PK specifically needs to be cocked after placing a belt onto the feed tray, to put the first cartridge in place for firing, while other open bolt machine guns can be cocked before or after placing the belt.

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

PK/PKM Machine Gun

PK 6P6 machine gun with 100-round drum - 7.62x54mm R. Note the larger curved gas block and the thicker fluted barrel.
PKM 6P6M machine gun - 7.62x54mm R. This has the classic (most commonly seen) version of the flash hider.
PKM 6P6M machine gun - 7.62x54mm R. This is the latest version of flash hider.
PKS 6P3 machine gun on a 6T2 Samojenkov tripod with 250-round ammo drum - 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.
PKMB 6P10M machine gun with 250-round ammo drum - 7.62x54mmR. This is pretty much the same as the standard PK. The main defining factor of whether or not it is a PK or PKB is the mount.
PKT 6P7 machine gun with 250-round ammo drum - 7.62x54mm R. Note it lacks a conventional trigger and instead is either fired via the solenoid remote trigger (with backup thumb trigger on top) or by spade grips. Also note it lacks the ammunition box mounting bracket.

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

  • PK/PKM: basic GPMG version with Bipod.
  • PKS/PKMS (Pulemyot Kalashnikova Stankoviy): tripod mounted version.
  • PKT/PKMT (Pulemyot Kalashnikova Tankoviy): solenoid fired coaxial version for vehicles.
  • PKB/PKMB (Pulemyot Kalashnikova na Bronetransportere): flex vehicle mounted version w/spade grips & butterfly trigger.


Title Actor Character Note Date
Trial of the Road (Proverka na dorogakh) Vladimir Zamansky Lazarev original PK mocked up as MG34 1971
German soldiers
Chronicle of the Night (Khronika nochi) African soldiers Mounted on BTR-152 1973
Long Miles of War (Dolgie vyorsty voyny) German soldiers Mounted on BTR-40 1975
In the Zone of Special Attention (V zone osobogo vnimaniya) PKT, mounted on BTR-D and BMD-1 1977
Velvet Season (Barkhatnyy sezon) Aleksandr Lazarev, Sr. Henri Lamer Mocked up as MG34 1978
Mounted on a plane
Pirates of the XXth Century (Piraty XX veka) Pirates Mocked up as MG34 1979
To Command Yourself (Prikazhi sebe) Soviet Army soldiers PK 1980
PKT, mounted on T-55 and BMP-1
Corps of General Shubnikov (Korpus generala Shubnikova) German soldiers Mocked up as MG34 1980
Santa Esperansa Chilean soldiers Mocked up as MG34 1980
Front in the Rear of the Enemy (Front v tylu vraga) Soviet soldiers Mocked up as MG34 1981
Under Martial Law (Po zakonam voyennogo vremeni) A German soldier Mocked up as MG34 1983
Start Liquidation (Pristupit k likvidatsii) Bandits Mocked up as MG34 1983
The Prize of Peril (Le Prix du danger) PTK mounted on TAB-71 1983
Parade of the Planets (Parad planet) PKT mounted on T-55 tank and BRDM-2 armored car 1984
The Detached Mission (Odinochnoye plavanye) Nartai Begalin Sgt. Parshin 1985
Snipers (Snaypery) German soldiers Mocked up as MG34 1985
The Battalions Request Fire (Batalyony prosyat ognya) Igor Sklyar Sgt. Vitkovsky Mocked up as MG34 1985
German soldiers
Come and See (Idi i smotri) Soviet partisan Mocked up as MG34 1985
Battle for Moscow German soldiers Mocked up as MG34 1985
The Action (Aktsiya) Aleksandr Novikov Lt. Vsevolod Veselov Mocked up as MG34 1987
The Action (Aktsiya) Artyom Kaminsky Lt. Albert Volkov Mocked up as MG34 1987
Rambo III Sylvester Stallone John Rambo 1988
Cargo 300 (Gruz 300) Yevgeni Buntov Sgt. Chebakov 1989
Soviet soldiers and Afghan mujaheddins PKM on bipod and tripod, door-mounted on Mi-8
Soviet troops PKT, mounted on armored vehicles and on Mi-8 (with spade grips)
Gu-Ga Soviet soldiers Mocked up as MG34 1989
Before Sunrise (Pered rassvetom) German soldiers Mocked up as MG34 1989
Afghan Breakdown Rinat Ibragimov Pvt. Popov 1991
Soviet paratroopers
Safari No6 Vitaly Tsaregorodtsev Corporal Gredo Mocked up as MG34 1991
Weather Is Good on Deribasovskaya, It Rains Again on Brighton Beach Mikhail Kokshenov Kravchuk 1992
Good Luck, Gentlemen (Udachi vam, gospoda) PKT, mounted on T-55 1993
The Codex of Disgrace (Kodeks beshchestiya) PKT, Mounted on BTR-80 1993
Black Shark (Chyornaya akula) Soviet soldiers, mujahedeens 1993
The Little Bee (Pchyolka) Evgeniy Stychkin Andrey PK 1993
Crusader (Krestonosets) Eldor Urazbaev Ergen PK 1995
Goldeneye Soviet soldier 1995
Prisoner of the Mountains (Kavkazskiy plennik) A Chechen fighter 1996
Deserter (Dezertir) Anatoliy Kotenyov Skif 1997
Checkpoint (Blokpost) Yuri Grigoriev Pisser 1998
Savior UN peacekeepers 1998
Avalon Malgorzata Foremniak Ash Mounted on tank turret 2001
Black Hawk Down Seen on arms dealer's table 2001
War (Voyna) Chechen rebels 2002
Chechen rebel PKT tank machine gun converted to light machine gun
The Star (Zvezda) German soldiers Mocked up as MG34 2002
Antikiller 2: Antiterror Aleksey Serebryakov Uzhakh Aduev Original PK 2003
SOBR personnel
Beyond Borders Chechen rebels 2003
Jisai (Dzisay) 2004
Moscow Heat Russian police Mounted on Tigr armored car 2004
Moscow Heat Richard Tyson Nikolay Klimov 2004
Downfall (Der Untergang) German soldiers Mocked up as MG34 2004
On an Unnamed Hill (Na bezymyannoy vysote) Vladimir Yaglych Lt. Malyutin Mocked up as MG34 2004
Aleksey Chadov Pvt. Kolya Malakhov
German soldiers
He Will Be Left Behind (Arxada qalmis gelecek) mounted on the MT-LB and BMP-2, seen during the archive footage 2005
Sahara Soldiers 2005
9th Company Ivan Kokorin Chugan 2005
Artur Smolyaninov Lyutyy
Soviet soldiers
Afghan Mujahideen
Soviet soldiers mounted on T-64 tanks
Bastards (Svolochi) German soldiers Mocked up as MG34 2006
Children of Men British Army soldier 2006
Blood Diamond Mercenary Mounted on ATE Mi-24 'Superhind' 2006
Postal Paradise resident 2007
The Apocalypse Code Various terrorists PKM and PKT machine guns 2007
Mirage Jamal's men and policemen 2008
Mirage Aleksey Dmitriev Ahmed 2008
Mirage Dmitriy Maryanov The Catcher 2008
Babylon A.D. Soldier 2008
Body of Lies Seen lying on a wall 2008
D-Day (Den'D) Mikhail Porechenkov Ivan 2008
Captive (Plennyy) PKT, mounted on BTR-80 2008
Captive (Plennyy) Russian soldiers, Chechen fighters 2008
Back in Time (My iz budushchego) German troops Mocked up as MG34 2008
District 13: Ultimatum 2009
Dnieper Line: Love and War German soldiers Mocked up as MG34 2009
Mounted as main armament of the BA-20 armored car
A Yakuza's Daughter Never Cries Irina Rozanova Marfa Dorofeeva 2010
The Brest Fortress (Brestskaya Krepost) German soldiers Mocked up as MG34 2010
Mounted as main armament of the BA-20 armored car
Red CIA operative Modified with BHI SOPMOD accessory kit 2010
Saw 3D PKT Customized; mounted at security turret 2010
Kandahar Taliban fighter 2010
A Quiet Outpost (Tikhaya zastava) Islamist fighters 2011
A Quiet Outpost (Tikhaya zastava) Aleksandr Alyoshkin Sgt. "Trasser" Kiryanov 2011
A Quiet Outpost (Tikhaya zastava) Andrey Chadov Capt. Pankov 2011
Burnt by the Sun 2 (Utomlennye solntsem 2) German soldier Mocked up as MG34 2011
Home (Dom) Igor Skurikhin Veselyj 2011
5 Days of War Georgian soldiers Mounted on M1114 HMMWV 2011
Special Forces Taliban fighter 2011
Winter of the Dead. Meteletsa Sergey Shirochin Khan PK machine guns 2012
August. Eighth Russian and Georgian soldiers PKM and PKT machine guns 2012
R2B: Return to Base North Korean soldiers 2012
The Expendables 2 Nepalese guerrillas Mounted on Mercedes-Benz G-Wagens and boats 2012
Red Dawn North Korean soldiers 2012
Zombie Fever Yuliya Volkova Natasha 2013
Vladimir Putin
Lone Survivor Taliban fighters 2013
22 Minutes (22 minuty) Somali Pirates PK 2014
Lousy Bastards Czech Army troops Mounted on Czech Land Rover Defender 130 Kajman 2014
The Dawns Here Are Quiet (A zori zdes tikhie...) Nazi soldier mocked up as MG34 2015
Survivor Seen in Taliban arms depot 2015
Hardcore Henry Sharlto Copley Jimmy 2016
Black Panther 2018
Hunter Killer Russian soldiers PKB variant, mounted on UAZ jeeps 2018
7 Days in Entebbe Palestinian guerillas 2018
7 Days in Entebbe Ugandan soldiers 2018
Extraction Bangladeshi SWAT mounted in a helicopter 2020
Black Widow seen in arsenal 2021
Soulcatcher mounted on Tarpan Honker 2023
Ransomed Lebanese militias PK and PKM 2023


Show Title Actor Character Note Air Date
Eternal Call (Vechnyy zov) - Season 2 German soldiers Visually modified to resemble MG34 1983
Take Him Alive (Vzyat zhivym) PKT, mounted on MT-LB, mocked up as German tank 1983
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
Special Operations Squad (Otryad spetsyalnogo naznacheniya) German soldiers Visually modified to resemble MG34 1987
Stargate SG-1 Russian SG member "Metamorphosis" 1997 - 2007
Purgatory (Chistilishche) Russian soldiers and Chechen fighters 1998
Dead Man's Tale (Chto skazal pokoynik) Evgeniy Voskresenskiy "Lame" PK 2000
Sergey Stepanchenko The thug
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
And Quiet Flows the Don (Tikhiy Don) Austro-Hungarian soldiers Visually modified to resemble MG34 2006
Generation Kill Iraqi soldiers With and without tripods 2008
Deadliest Warrior Somali Pirate 2009
Ultimate Weapons 2010
"Narkomovskiy" Train (Narkomovskiy oboz) Sergey Makhovikov Starshina Viktor Filippov Mocked up as MG34 2011
Vlad Furman Capt. Aleksandr Baragozov
German soldiers
Red Mountains (Krasnye gory) Nazi Geman soldiers PKM, Mocked up as MG34 2013
Japanese soldiers visually modified
Defiance Sensoth Modified with BHI SOPMOD accessory kit 2013
Banshee - Season 3 Chayton's tribesmen Ep. 5 2015
Black Pea Coats (Chyornye bushlaty) Ivan Lapin Kesha PKM, Mocked up as MG34 2018
German soldiers
Fear the Walking Dead - Season 5 Mounted on the turret; "Skidmark" (S5E04) 2019
Dzhulbars German soldiers PKM, Mocked up as MG34 2020
Alyosha Soviet partisans, German soldiers PKM, Mocked up as MG34 2020
Better Call Saul - Season 5 Seen in armory; "Bagman" (S5E08) 2020

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Mods Notation Release Date
Steel Beasts PKT, mounted on Soviet vehicles, unusable 2000
Operation Flashpoint 2001
The Sum Of All Fears "7.62mm LMG" 2002
Ghost Recon: Desert Siege PKM 2002
Conflict: Desert Storm 2002
Conflict: Desert Storm II 2003
Freedom Fighters Heavy Machine Gun 2003
Söldner: Secret Wars 2004
Battlefield 2 2005
Battlefield 2 PKT, mounted in T90 tank 2005
Battlefield 2: Modern Combat PKM MEC faction 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
Conflict: Global Terror 2005
Rainbow Six: Vegas cut weapon 2006
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl mounted on BTR-70 2007
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 "RP-74" PK 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 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
Warface "PKM "Zenith"" added in 2023 2013
Grand Theft Auto V "MG" 2013
Ghost Recon: Phantoms PKM 2014
World of Guns: Gun Disassembly PKM machine gun
Pkt Machinegun
PKM and PKT variants 2014
Escape from Tarkov Kalashnikov PKM 7.62x54R machine gun Various pistol grips, sights and flashlights, lasers, compensators and Zenith furniture Added in v0. patch (2023) 2016
Hot Dogs, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades PKM 2016
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered PKM Added in update 2017
Ring of Elysium 2018
Insurgency: Sandstorm PKM 2018
Vigor PKM 2018
Call to Arms PKM & PKT 2018
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare PKM 2019
Enlisted PKT mounted on T-80 tank 2021


Title Character Note Date
Resident Evil: Damnation PKT, mounted in BMP-3 2012
BEM mounted in BTR 2019
Lycoris Recoil Takina, Majima 2022

PKP Pecheneg

PKP Pecheneg with ammo box - 7.62x54mm R. Note the visible belt is fed through the gun; the PKP still feeds from right to left.
PKP Pecheneg without ammo box and bipod folded - 7.62x54mm R

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.


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
Cross Fire "PKP 6P41 Pecheneg" 2007
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 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
Warface 2013
Survarium 2013
Ghost Recon: Phantoms 6P41 2014
Contract Wars 2015
Squad PKP Pecheneg 1P78 scope 2015
Escape from Tarkov Kalashnikov PKP 7.62x54R infantry machine gun Various pistol grips, side mount for sights, rail for flashlights and lasers and Zenith furniture Added in v0. patch (2023) 2016
Ghost Recon: Wildlands 6P41 railed forend 2017
Ironsight PKP Incorrect 75-round capacity 2018
Call to Arms 2018
Ghost Recon Breakpoint 2019

PKP Pecheneg Bullpup

PKP Pecheneg with Zenit bullpup conversion kit - 7.62x54mm R
PKP Pecheneg Bullpup - 7.62x54mm R

A bullpup variant of the PKP Pecheneg is produced. It features 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. The first models were shown in 2012, made by Zenit, while after 2013 the models seem to be produced in the factory by ZiD, better known as the Degtyarev Plant.

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Mods Notation Release Date
Rainbow Six: Siege 6P41 w/ Various attachments 2015
Black Squad Pecheneg B Kobra sight and AN/PEQ-15 2017
Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 Cut Weapon 2017
World War 3 Pecheneg Bullpup 2018
Battlefield 2042 2021


AEK-999 "Barsuk" with PMS suppressor - 7.62x54mm R

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Mods Notation Release Date
Cross Fire AEK-999 2007
Krunker AEK-999 Has PMS suppressor Only holds 60 rounds 2019

Zastava M84

Zastava M84 with the bipod deployed - 7.62x54mm R

The Zastava M84 is a clone of the PKM built by Zastava Arms. The M84 is distinguishable by its solid wooden stock, 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
Ransomed 2023


UKM-2000P - 7.62x51mm NATO
UKM-2000M (UKM-2013P) - 7.62x51mm NATO
UKM-2000M (UKM-2015) - 7.62x51mm NATO

The UKM-2000 is a Polish variant of the PKM, chambered in 7.62x51mm NATO and feeding from standard M13 disintegrating link belts. The most obvious external difference between the PKM and the UKM-2000P (the standard infantry variant) is the fact that the receiver has been extended forward compared to the PKM. This is due to the fact that the UKM-2000 strips rounds from the belt by pushing them straight through, as opposed to the PKM which pulls the rounds backwards out of the belt before pushing them into the breech.

The UKM-2000M, which was previously called the UKM-2013P during development before it was officially adopted, is a modernized model of the UKM-2000 featuring a shorter barrel and a number of upgrades.

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Mods Notation Release Date
Project Reality UKM-2000 UKM-2000Z; added in v1.5.0.0 2005
Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 FM-3000 UM Without bipod UKM-2000M 2017
World War 3 UKM UKM-2000M 2018
Sniper: Ghost Warrior Contracts "FM-3000 UM" UKM-2000M 2019
Sniper: Ghost Warrior Contracts 2 "FM 2013" UKM-2000M 2021

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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