Now considered by many to be one of the best and most iconic machine guns of the 20th century, it’s easy to see why. The mighty PKM is comparatively light (just around 19 lbs), very reliable, and disgustingly simple to maintain and operate, which is why it has found much favor among good guys and bad guys alike across almost every region of the world.
The boys look at some of the features of the machine gun, what made it so successful (and fun to shoot) in all of its belt-fed, fully automatic glory.
It uses a reverse-engineered Kalashnikov operating system, so anyone who knows how the Kalashnikov platform works is halfway there. TFB TV demonstrates how the PKM is disassembled, going through the parts of the gun in the process. They also show how it loads and operates, safety features and so on.
Many have compared the PKM with the M240 or M16 machine guns used by the USA. However, while the latter guns are said to be much more reliable, they also require constant care and attention in order to keep functioning properly.