The PKM machine gun is a Soviet made 7.62 mm general-purpose machine gun in use since 1969, replacing the original PK machine gun made in 1961 which was a bit heavier. The PKM machine gun is still in use by the Russian military in mostly infantry units either held or as a vehicle-mounted firearm, either as an anti-personal or anti-aircraft weapon when put on a special AA mount. The barrel of the PKM machine gun is not fluted as the PK, and has a different style shorter flash hider. The feed cover is strengthened by the introduction of stamped ribs. The tripod has a special mount for the belt box, so a mounted PKM gun can be moved through the battlefield without the need for unloading before movement and subsequent loading in a new position.
The PKM machine guns that are available usually are the Yugoslavian M84 and the Romanian Mitraliera Model 66.
PKM machine gun specifications: