Official Soviet Pk Machine Gun Manual: Operating Instructions for the 7.62 X 54mm Kalashnikov Machine Gun

Designed by Mikhail Kalashnikov for the Soviet military, the Pulemyot Kalashnikova (PK) was introduced in the early 1960s as a replacement for the SGM and RPD machine guns. The general-purpose 7.62mm Kalashnikov -- PK, PKS (on a tripod), PKB (armored transporters), PKT (tank), PKM (modernized) -- is a powerful automatic weapon intended to defeat enemy personnel and weapons systems. The Soviet Ministry of Defense published this instruction manual for the use and maintenance of the PK in 1987, and this is the first time an English translation has been made available to the general public. The translation is very timely because U.S. military personnel in both Iraq and Afghanistan are facing this machine gun in the hands of insurgents. At the same time, U.S. instructors are training Iraqi and Afghan soldiers in the employment of the PK, and this manual will be a valuable tool for them to use...

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