North Korean PK style Belt Fed Machine Gun Found In Zimbabwe

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Larry Vickers and the Vickers Tactical team were in South Africa recently where he saw this North Korean manufactured PK-style belt fed machine gun in the inventory of Hire Arms, a Johannesburg company that supplies weapons to South Africa’s film industry. The weapon was found in Zimbabwe without a stock, barrel or bi-pod (those parts were added by Hire Arms when they restored it).

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Thanks to Larry for the photos, and to Hire Arms for letting him take them.



Steve Johnson

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  • USMC03Vet

    If only weapons could talk..

    • Bubba

      I thought the same thing when I saw a North Korean Full auto AK for sale in on a Swedish gun forum. I have no idea if the guy managed to sell it or not. It’s a bitch to get the paperwork to own any full auto weapons there.

    • 1leggeddog

      This particular one would say “Feed me!”

    • Jack barnes

      huehuehue, sup fearpoint

      *dis gon be gud, copies link*

      • USMC03Vet

        Sup, Bro?

  • Sixshot6

    I sort of have an idea why it was in Zimbabwe, the North Koreans supplied a lot of guns to Mugabe where he is. That is one origin of it, I guess they must have supplied that many they could afford to let one go missing.

    • Ominae

      Well, Mugabe did request KPA help in reforming the army and create the 5th Brigade. I don’t know if the DPRK still supplies them with small arms today.

      • Sixshot6

        Well I haven’t seen any western countries sell them anything in a while, they actually thought the deaths of those 20000 Zims that were a different ethnic group to him wasnt a sign things were gonna go bad. I don’t think the North Koreans care that much about what he does though.

        • DiverEngrSL17K

          Unfortunately, probably not. As far as the North Korean Government is concerned, hard currency is the bottom line.

          • Sixshot6

            Well its a country that could collapse any moment I guess. The people I feel sorry for the most are those poor people who live under that regime. Hell I’ve read of them working small children to death just because their parents were dissidents. What kind of psycho does that?

  • Marshall Price

    How very interesting! Having an old love for the SKS, any DPRK produced firearm gets my attention quickly.

  • John

    So how are NK arms (Mainly AKs)? I’ve heard very polarizing opinions ranging from Extremely crude and one of the worst made examples to extremely accurate it’s baffling.

    • DiverEngrSL17K

      That’s a very interesting observation, John. I’ve heard of evaluations along similar lines. I haven’t personally had the chance to fully evaluate a North Korean-made firearm, so I’m in no position to accurately comment on the subject, but FWIW they generally do appear to be well-made, with a fit and finish ( again, only judging from available photographs ) reasonably close to equivalent Chinese-made versions of the same.

    • Zachary marrs

      My dad has a north Korean sks, looks to be about equal to a Chinese, deff worse than a Russian or a yugo, so its ok. it shoots good, for what it is.

  • Lance

    Thought NK was sanctioned and no legal imports to most western nations?

    • Patrick Mingle

      I wouldn’t classify Zimbabwe as “most western nations”. Plus despite sanctions and a trade embargo the North Koreans are pretty well adverse in smuggling (meth among other things).

      • M

        I think he’s referring to it being in South Africa under the assumption that any NK commodity regardless of what country it’s coming from is sanctioned

        • Patrick Mingle

          Not sure how strict the south africans are but it being a company that is obviously licensed and experienced with firearms I dont see why they would mind since apparently they did not actually purchase it

      • Matt

        The phrase is “well versed” not “well adverse.” Just saying…

        • Patrick Mingle

          damn autocorrect. thanks

  • nedlee

    If anyone’s curious, the korean on the feed cover says “made in year 68” which would probably be 1968.

    • Ominae

      I read in SADJ that this is the Type 82 GPMG at replaced the Type 73 LMG from frontline service.

    • Jim

      Actually, it is more likely to mean “Juche 68” – ie, the 68th year since the birth of Kim Il-sung, which would be 1979.

      • nedlee

        No, that is simply impossible. Juche calender was adopted in 1997, three years after Kim Il-sung’s death, for commemorating North Korea’s glorious leader or whatever.

  • whodywei

    I didn’t know the PKM parts would work with North Korea type 73 machine gun.

  • JN

    Throws a wrench into the “Apartheid was about racism, not about communism” rhetoric…

  • Doom

    Huh, Didnt figure Captain America for a PKM type of guy has his symbol right on there though.

    ;D