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Machine gun with a gentle name

Machine gun with a gentle name

Became a formidable means of dealing with the enemy in the air, on land and at sea

Among the various nicknames that are given to samples. weapons in the army, there is a very peaceful - "Dushka". So soldiers transformed the abbreviation DShK, belonging to a very serious large-caliber machine gun.


History domestic heavy machine guns originated 27 October 1925, when the USSR Revolutionary Military Council proposed the Artillery Committee of the Red Army Artillery Directorate to 1 May 1927, to develop a machine gun caliber 12-20 mm. In the design bureau (PKB) of the First Tula Arms factories, under the leadership of I. A. Pastukhov, they created a machine gun based on the 12,7-mm cartridge "Vikkers" and the design of the Dreyze light machine gun with magazine supply. The sample received the designation P-5 - "5-linear machine gun" (i.e. X-inch caliber 0,5).

In 1928, the PKB of the Kovrov Plant No. 2 was instructed to develop a machine gun for a more powerful cartridge based on the VA Tegtyarev system machine gun, which had just been adopted, - the idea of ​​unifying machine-gun armament based on one system had already made its way. The Report of the Revolutionary Military Council of the USSR of December 1929 stated: “The adopted infantry system of the Red Army foresees the introduction of a semi-automatic self-loading rifle, self-loading pistol, submachine gun, large-caliber machine gun to combat armor, air caliper, caliper calibration, caliber gauge, caliper calibration, caliber gauge, calipers, calipers and air rifles, caliber guns, caliber guns, caliber guns, caliber guns, caliber guns, caliber guns, caliber guns, caliber guns, airborne weapons mm with a working rate of fire up to 18-20 shots ... "And yet the caliber 500 mm was chosen.

A new cartridge with an armor piercing bullet appeared in 1930, and at the end of the same year, the first prototype of a large-caliber Degtyarev machine gun with a flat disk design by A. S. Kladova with a capacity of 10 million was assembled at the workshop of the Bureau of the New Structures and Standardization. Xnumx ammo.

In February, 1931 of the year passed tests of two 12,7-mm machine guns - “Dreuze’s system for manufacturing TOZs on the Prilutsky machine and Degtyarev systems on Kolesnikov’s machine”. The commission that conducted the tests gave preference to “Degtyarev large-caliber” (DC) as being easier and simpler to manufacture. DK was commissioned, the production of small series began at the plant number 2 in Kovrov in 1932 year, but in 1933-m only 12 pieces were assembled, and in 1934-m production of Degtyarev-large-caliber was suspended.

The fact is that troop and additional ground tests of the DK in 1934 showed that the machine gun was unsuitable for combating fast-moving targets due to insufficient combat rate of fire caused by a low rate of fire, heavy and cumbersome shops. In 1935, the DK issue was completely stopped.

In 1937, G.S. Shpagin created a drum feed mechanism for a metal tape of an ingenious design, which did not require a substantial rework of the machine gun itself. In April, the 1938 machine gun with tape feed was successfully tested at the plant, 17 December - passed the test sites, and 26 February 1939, by the decision of the Committee of Defense at SNK of the USSR, adopted it as “12,7-mm heavy machine gun of the 1938 model, DSHK "(" Degtyarev-Shpagin large-caliber ").


Automatic machine gun operates by the removal of powder gases. The gas chamber of the closed type is equipped with a regulator with three holes of different diameters — the permutation of the regulator changed the amount of powder gases discharged to the gas piston. The fins for better cooling are made along the entire length of the barrel; a single-chamber muzzle brake of the active type is mounted on the muzzle of the barrel. The barrel was first supplied with a “parachute-shaped” muzzle brake of the active type, subsequently replaced with a flat-shaped brake.

The leading link of the automation is the slide frame. Locking the barrel is made using the lugs bolt, bred to the side. Return-combat spring is put on the gas piston rod. There are two spring dampers in the backplate, softening the impact of the bolt carrier and the bolt at the rearmost point. Dampers give the frame and bolt the initial speed of the return movement. This increased the rate of fire, but required the introduction of a counter-rebound device to prevent the frame from rebounding after impact in the extreme forward position.

The reloading handle is rigidly connected to the slide frame. The machine-gun reloading mechanism interacts with it, but the machine gunner can use it directly, for example, by inserting a cartridge cap with a cap.

The shot is made from the rear sear (from the open shutter). The trigger mechanism allows the maintenance of automatic fire only, is equipped with a flag non-automatic safety device that blocks the trigger lever and prevents the spontaneous lowering of the sear.

When the gate approaches the breech breech, it stops, and the bolt carrier continues to move forward. The drummer connected with it, with its thickened part, moves forward and spreads the lugs for the bolts, which are included in the corresponding receptions of the receiver. After locking the barrel bore, the bolt carrier continues to move forward, in the extreme forward position, the bolt bar driver strikes the striker mounted in the bolt. The reduction of the lugs and the unlocking of the bolt are made by beveling the bolt carrier when it is moved backwards.

Power supply with cartridges tape, with the left giving of a metal link tape. The tape consists of loose open links and is placed in a metal box, fastened to the installation bracket. The DShK's drum receiver is driven by the bolt carrier and, moving backward, it bumped into the fork of the swinging arm-feeder and turned it. The dog at the other end of the lever turned on the 60 of the drum, which stretched the tape. Removing the cartridge from the link tape - in the lateral direction. 12,7-mm cartridge has several options - with an armor-piercing, armor-piercing incendiary, sighting incendiary, sighting, tracer, armor-piercing incendiary tracer bullet.

For firing at ground targets, it is a folding frame sight, notched at a distance of up to 3500 m. The ZNXX model's antiaircraft ring distance sight served for firing at airplanes flying at speeds up to 1938 m. Later, the machine gun received a simplified sight of the sample 500 of the year: the firing range has decreased to 2400 m, but the target’s target flight speed has been increased to 1941 km / h. Then came the perspective anti-aircraft sight of the 1800 model of the year, which allowed firing at any course of the target, including diving or pitching, reflecting the experience of dealing with aircraft attacking at low altitudes.

Tripod in position for anti-aircraft shooting was not sufficiently stable. A special anti-aircraft gun with guidance mechanisms and a more convenient position of the sight would, of course, increase the effectiveness of anti-aircraft gunfire, but such installations did not go into the series. A number of integrated anti-aircraft installations were developed. Restrictedly used, for example, 12,7-millimeter built. The difficulties of their creation were primarily related to the power supply system - with the existing scheme, it did not allow, without significant alterations, to switch to feeding the tape from the other side.


Serial production of machine guns launched in 1939 year. The troops and the fleet of DShK began to arrive in 1940-m. Total for this year, plant number 2 them. K. O. Kirkizha produced 566 DShK, although the order plan of the People’s Commissariat of Defense for 1940 for the year was 900 machine guns plus 40 for the Navy Commissariat. The plan of orders for the 1940 year gives an idea of ​​the modifications in which the DShK was delivered to the army and the fleet: “The 12,7-mm heavy machine gun arr. 38 g. With shield, bracket for optical sight, shoulder pad, zenith. sight and with spare parts for univers. machine arr. 38 g. "," 12,7-mm machine gun arr. 38 g. On the turret mount with an MTU-2 with an annular angle sight "," 12,7-mm machine gun mod. 38 g. On sea tumbova ustan. with Kolesnikov's head with anti-aircraft sight ”,“ 12,7-mm machine gun arr. 38 without a machine ... (for tower and built installations) "," built large caliber. integrated 12,7-mm machine gun installation "," twin towers. is tired to 12,7 mm pool. arr. 38 g. With opt. scout SB-1 with mesh.

In the first half of 1941, the 234 DShK was released, although the overall plan for this year was 4000. The Navy had 830 machine guns at the beginning of the war, and in the course of the war he received 4018 units from industry and another 1146 was transferred to the fleet from the Red Army. And if the army and navy were sometimes provided with light and heavy machine guns, even beyond the state, then there was a clear lack of large-caliber weapons.

It is not by chance that in the first three months of the war, the release of large-caliber machine guns grew fivefold. The main production of DShK at factory No. 2 was duplicated in Kuibyshev, where 555 machines and accessories were transferred from Kovrov. We tried to reduce manufacturing costs: if 1941 needed 210 workers for 100 units to produce large-caliber machine guns, 1943 was required for 110 units. And if in the first six months of the war, the Armed Forces received XTC from the industry, and for the entire 1400 year, 1942 received 7400, 1943 14, 400 1944 in 14, and 800 in the first half of 1945.

The change in the share of large-caliber machine guns can be judged by the following figures: according to the staff of the December 1941, the rifle division of the Red Army had 12 large-caliber machine guns, from March 1942-xNUMX, and from December 9-1944.

The main role for large-caliber machine guns was the role of anti-aircraft installations - both in military air defense, and in the air defense system of the country, air defense of naval bases, etc. However, large-caliber machine guns were also used in the fight against ground targets. In the orders of the initial period of the war, when the German troops still widely used light Tanks in combat units, one can often find instructions on the "involvement" of heavy machine guns in the fight against tanks. Later, we also repeatedly see recommendations on the installation of DShK at the positions of anti-tank units, but already to protect them from attacks aviation enemy from low altitudes.

Fire on manpower and firing points DShK often led in urban battles. In the fight against the enemy, entrenched in fortified buildings, a large-caliber machine gun was often more effective than a machine gun of a normal caliber - due to the larger penetration effect of the bullet. This, for example, led to their use to support the actions of assault groups.


Cartridge 12,7x108 DShK
Machine gun body weight without kg 33,4 tape
Mass machine gun with a ribbon on the machine Kolesnikov (without a shield) 148 kg
Body length machine gun 1626 mm
Barrel length 1070 mm
Initial bullet speed 850-870 m / s
The muzzle energy of a bullet 18 785-19 679 j
Firing rate 550-600 rds / min
Fighting rate of fire 80-125 rds / min
Sighting range 3500 m
Effective range 1800-2000 m
Shelling zone height 1800 m
The thickness of the pierced armor 15-16 mm at a distance 500 m
Power system metal tape on 50 cartridges

DShK played the role and tank machine gun. In 1939, it was the main armament of light tanks T-40 and T-40С, in 1942-m it was placed on light armored vehicles BA-64Д. In the 1944, the 12,7-mm turret anti-aircraft gun appeared on the IS-2 heavy tank. Heavy self-propelled guns of the ISU series were equipped with DShK turrets for firing at air and ground targets.

We must admit that the production of DShK in the conditions of war could not be deployed in accordance with the need. For comparison: in the United States over the same period, more than 400 thousands of 12,7-mm M2 machine guns of the Browning system of several modifications were launched. Therefore, when organizing supplies under Lend-Lease, we paid considerable attention to large-caliber machine guns and machine-gun installations.

By the way, the German army, which did not have regular large-caliber machine guns, readily used captured DShKs, to which the Wehrmacht Army Armaments Administration assigned the designation MG.286 (r). Also a confession.


At the end of the Great Patriotic War, K. I. Sokolov and A. K. Norov conducted a substantial modernization of the DShK. First of all, she touched the power supply mechanism - a slider came to replace the drum receiver, which simplified the change of the tape feed direction from left to right. In addition, the manufacturability, survivability and reliability in work have improved, and the barrel mount has changed.

The first 250 modernized machine guns were released in February 1945-th at the plant in Saratov (there, as in Kuybyshev, back in 1941-m, part of the production of the Tula machine-building plant was evacuated). In 1946, the machine gun is adopted under the designation "12,7-mm machine gun rev.1938 / 46 of the GDQM" (despite the replacement of the receiver, the name Shpagin in the brand of machine gun was rightly preserved).

DShKM immediately became a tank anti-aircraft machine gun (DShKMT) - they were equipped with a series of tanks IC, T-54 / 55, T-62, BTR-50PA, upgraded ISU-122 and ISTU-152, special machines. He is one of the most widespread large-caliber machine guns in the world, along with his long-standing rival, the American 12,7-mm Browning, an 2-N American machine gun. DShKM is in service with more than 40 armies in the world. In addition to the USSR, it was produced in Czechoslovakia (DSK vz.54), Romania, China (Type 54 and modernized Type 59), Pakistan (Chinese version), Iran, Iraq, Thailand.
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  1. Bongo
    Bongo 29 June 2013 10: 49
    At the end of the 80s, I had a chance to shoot from it at a "training air target", as such was an illuminating rocket on a parachute. It turns out that it is not so easy to get there, although it seems not far. The rocket swings and descends at an angle. The most optimal mode of fire is in short bursts of 2-3 shots, the rate of fire is relatively low. If the burst is longer than 5 shots, delays appear and dispersion increases.
    1. Russ69
      Russ69 29 June 2013 15: 56
      Quote: Bongo
      In the late 80s I had a chance to shoot

      Ah, I flew by firing from it. There was a machine gun at the shooting range, but we were let down with ammunition ...
      And I wanted to hit, especially when attached to him. smile
  2. Kovrovsky
    Kovrovsky 29 June 2013 12: 13
    Once again it is confirmed that good weapons serve for a long time: from the time of World War II to the Afghan war in the 80s! And now it is used in armed conflicts in the world.
    1. 755962
      755962 29 June 2013 20: 01
      ... from a dune, from a hill, from a tubercle
      Hit three dshk,
      And how many more do you ask the desert ...
      ... And now the conversation is over
      And drag in an armored personnel carrier
      Grabbing the butt
      A machine gun fired at you
      And how many more do you ask the desert ...
    2. smprofi
      smprofi 30 June 2013 02: 33
      Quote: Kovrovsky
      Once again it is confirmed that good weapons serve for a long time: from the time of World War II to the Afghan war in the 80s!

      Yes? Is it only until the 80s?
      relatively recently, when they liked to show reports on ships sent to the fight against Somali pirates on a television box, I was surprised to see how the Marine puts the DShK on a turret at the side ...
      1. German
        German 30 June 2013 08: 09
        not DShK but KORD .... although this does not detract from the glory of "dashi"
        1. Bongo
          Bongo 30 June 2013 08: 49
          In our army, too, there is still, with all the disadvantages of the DShK (high weight, low rate of fire, not very convenient loading), it has a universal machine, unlike the NSV. Which allows shooting at both ground and air targets. About a year ago, I watched the deployment of the S-300P division in the "field", cover from low-altitude strikes was carried out by MANPADS and DShK in the back of a two-axle KAMAZ.
          1. Andrey77
            Andrey77 30 June 2013 13: 09
            A good machine appeared later than a machine gun.
        2. anomalocaris
          anomalocaris 30 June 2013 10: 16
          Well no. Namely DShK.
      2. anomalocaris
        anomalocaris 30 June 2013 10: 16
        DShKM is still produced in China and Iran. By the way, in one of the episodes of the "Star Infantry" it is the Chinese twin DShKM that flashes.
      3. deputy ___ watered
        deputy ___ watered 30 June 2013 20: 51
        Complementing the service in 90 and 00.
        On tanks 160 TP (tanks t-62, regiment commander Colonel Y. Budanov) were DShK. Part of the tanks was transferred to the 42 divisions, before 2005 they were armed with 100%.
  3. specKFOR
    specKFOR 29 June 2013 15: 46
    dshkm is still in service with the Ukrainian army. A good car, only the flame after a shot from the barrel bore a meter and a half or two. It’s also a sight if you fire at night ..
  4. albai
    albai 29 June 2013 17: 45
    Great machine gun! In Afghanistan, I had two types of large-caliber in my company: a captured Chinese DShK and an easel 14,5 mm PKM. I had to shoot from both. Preference was given to DShK - simple, unpretentious, trouble-free. These two machine guns were stationed at remote posts in the mountains. I remember at the Fedotov's post to the DShK the lubrication ran out and during the next cleaning after the shooting, the fat was still frozen from the stew and lubricated all the moving parts in the receiver, and the barrel. It worked like a clock. But after the battle, across the entire skyscraper, the smell of beef barbecue floated. On the bolt carrier some kind of pin broke, cut the same one out of a nail-weave with an ax and ... continued to shoot for a sweet soul. And PKM exhausted my whole soul. That was all a little clogged up: delays, stuck-ups, I didn’t take a platoon. Of course, the caliber of wow, the darlings ran away immediately as soon as they started shooting. And with DShK, a whip with a length of a kilometer is straight. Whom you want and how you want you whip. Beauty!
    1. Penek
      Penek 29 June 2013 22: 44
      With proper maintenance, any machine will be healthy. The DShK, of course, is no longer an ice - but it has no equal in reliability. It is heavy with the machine, you cannot drop more than one box of 50 rounds without overheating the barrel - but it’s VERY effective. legs tear off. No wonder they are still used as mobile firing points in the east.
      And the easel 14,5 mm PKM is a wonderful hybrid of PKM and KPVT, the best machine gun of Afghanistan.
      1. Black Colonel
        Black Colonel 1 July 2013 12: 06
        And the easel 14,5 mm PKM is a wonderful hybrid of PKM and KPVT,
        You probably meant the KPVP - a large-caliber machine gun of Vladimirov infantry 14,5 mm on a wheeled machine (the KPVT - a large-caliber machine gun of Vladimirov tank, mounted on tanks and armored personnel carriers)
    2. smprofi
      smprofi 30 June 2013 02: 39
      Quote: albai
      And RMB exhausted his soul.

      um ... watch a gringo marine with a Browning M2 "having fun"

      especially manipulation at 1'26 " laughing
      1. anomalocaris
        anomalocaris 30 June 2013 13: 39
        Well so, this is the brainchild of World War I ... And John Moses Browning is not eternal, alas, plus us.
        1. stoqn477
          stoqn477 1 July 2013 00: 09
          It may be a product of the First World War, but the Americans did not leave that they were not doing their job successfully for almost a century. And not only them. And this is a pretty accurate weapon apparently. I love the weapons created in the USSR and Russia as a whole, but during the same time, the Soviet and then the Russian army changed three heavy machine guns. I think that speaks enough for itself.
    3. anomalocaris
      anomalocaris 30 June 2013 10: 23
      You probably meant the PKP (heavy machine gun infantry)? The Vladimirovsky machine gun is really a rather capricious thing, in contrast to the RMB (modernized Kalashnikov machine gun).
      1. albai
        albai 30 June 2013 15: 47
        Yes, yes it is his infantry version of the KPVT, on the machine. Three bags of stones were piled on each bipod so that it would not wind up on the recoil. Wow and capricious, but the caliber is solid, but with the MDZ cartridges it’s generally dead. The dushki in the current stones fidgeted so much, but how to concentrate the fire, at once with your feet in your hands and run.
        1. anomalocaris
          anomalocaris 30 June 2013 16: 36
          He’s capricious exactly as much as capricious scheme with recoil of the barrel. And yes, the car is a beast.
        2. anomalocaris
          anomalocaris 30 June 2013 16: 39
          Alas, accidentally minus. But in another added.
    4. 76rtbr
      76rtbr 6 July 2013 09: 07
      14,5 mm RMB, the first time I hear, you’ve probably mistaken a friend.
  5. 29 June 2013 19: 11
    The calculation of Sergeant Fedor Konoplev conducts fire on airplanes, Leningrad, October 9, 1942.
  6. cobalt
    cobalt 29 June 2013 19: 58
    The right weapon
  7. 2042 MMG-2
    2042 MMG-2 29 June 2013 20: 07
    The class is vesch, although it has been long since, but it is watering as it should
  8. mithridate
    mithridate 29 June 2013 23: 51
    legendary weapon
  9. Argon
    Argon 30 June 2013 01: 07
    Unfortunately, during V.O.V, the DShK did not become an infantry weapon, basically all machine guns went to the fleet as a kind of "ersatz" MZA and therefore could not prove themselves, about the same situation was in the air defense, where DShK were used as a defensive weapon of batteries. Only in December 44 did the saturation of reconnaissance units (as armament of machines) with this weapon begin. And in 45, thanks to tankmen and self-propelled gunners, the machine gun was really "realized" in urban battles and on areas with dense buildings, being the most effective a means (in those conditions) of fighting the "fausniki". But time does not stand still, now in the RF Armed Forces, the DShK is more of a "museum exhibit" if you come across it. It was replaced by "Utes" by a more "accurate" machine, but the recoil is still too big (in my opinion). Now "Cords" are coming - let's hope they will become worthy successors, devoid of the flaws of "ancestors".
    1. svp67
      svp67 30 June 2013 09: 43
      Quote: Argon
      But time does not stand still, now in the RF Armed Forces, the DShK is more likely a "museum exhibit" if you come across it.
      Yes, I also come across, and very often in infantry performance, I saw this in one of the radar companies "beyond the Urals" ... His noise and appearance alone, as well as the sight of the guys dragging him immediately led to a kind of awe, you know, if they drag, then it is better for the enemies not to appear at all ... fellow wassat laughing
  10. svp67
    svp67 30 June 2013 09: 40
    The DShK is certainly a very good weapon, surpassing its NSV successor with accuracy, but of course not without flaws. One disassembly, using a hammer, means a lot ... in the field, and even more so in combat conditions, this may well become a problem. But as a weapon he is certainly "GOOD" ...
    1. Andrey77
      Andrey77 30 June 2013 13: 22
      Well, why did they take the NSV if the DShK is an excellent weapon?
      1. svp67
        svp67 30 June 2013 13: 24
        Quote: Andrey77
        Well, why did they take the NSV if the DShK is an excellent weapon?
        It’s simpler, cheaper, which is important for the mass army, easier to maintain, which is also very important, especially in the field.
        NSV-12,7 was much lighter than its predecessor - the mass of 25 kg for a machine gun of this caliber with existing technologies is still the limit.
        1. Andrey77
          Andrey77 4 July 2013 12: 36
          It’s simpler, cheaper, which is important for the mass army, easier to maintain, which is also very important, especially in the field.
          This version has already been heard. And a penny is her price.
          1. anomalocaris
            anomalocaris 4 July 2013 15: 56
            Yeah. Put forward your version, and we read ...
            Have you ever had business with the DShK?
      2. anomalocaris
        anomalocaris 30 June 2013 13: 37
        It is much simpler and lighter, as well as much more technologically advanced.
        1. Andrey77
          Andrey77 1 July 2013 11: 18
          The truth is yours. But you speak the words of the marketer and not a word about the combat use.
          1. anomalocaris
            anomalocaris 1 July 2013 15: 59
            So the combat use is the same - the defeat of technology and manpower of the enemy. What CORD is very good at.
            Z.Y. These are not the words of a marketer, but an engineer. You see, since 1932, technology and technological capabilities have changed somewhat. Accordingly, it became possible to make it simpler, easier and cheaper, without loss of performance.
            1. Andrey77
              Andrey77 4 July 2013 12: 39
              Provide feedback on the NSV in battle. Let the storming of Grozny be in December 1994, for many have seen and will not let lie.
              1. anomalocaris
                anomalocaris 4 July 2013 15: 59
                It worked fine. More questions?
                1. Andrey77
                  Andrey77 4 July 2013 16: 08
                  You did not answer the question. Give feedback, and not only positive ones. Your answer - it worked for me quite normally ... Tell us then WHERE it worked for YOU "quite normally". In what combat conditions, in what weather. So? Drum roll, now anomalocaris user will share something mysterious in the work of the NSV ...
                  1. anomalocaris
                    anomalocaris 4 July 2013 16: 19
                    Baby, send you right away, or only after you complain?
                  2. anomalocaris
                    anomalocaris 5 July 2013 16: 37
                    Sucks being stupid, baby. Now share your experience where the NSW worked abnormally?
                    And also share your impressions of dragging to the 4th floor of the DShK with the machine tool and the NSV with the machine tool.