Image by Vitaly Kuzmin

Seriously. I have a new favorite show to follow. It is a Russian show called the “Proving Ground” (english name obviously), and is subtitled. In the episode I was directed to, they review a couple of weapons. The KORD machine gun and the ASVK 6S8 sniper rifle.

They start out at the Degtyarev plant (which is east of Moscow). The plant produces such things as revolvers, machine guns, aircraft guns, anti-aircraft guns, anti-tank guns and rocket systems. And because, you know, it’s Russia, they also make motorcycles (i.e. Voskhod), mopeds, micro-tractors, sewing machines and accumulator batteries.

Both of the weapons shoot a 12.7mm round (12.7x108mm).

There are hilarious quotes throughout, my favorite being “This is how a two-brick wall of a regular residential house will look after a KORD machine gun will operate against it”.

And they want to use these to arm robots. You just can’t make this stuff up.

Some points of note:

  • You can fix large guns with by hammering with a sledge.
  • 2:45 watch out for Justin Beiber.
  • 6:45 is a good discussion of how rifling is cut in standard barrels. For these they use “radial reduction” which can cut 1 meter in 15 minutes. The advantage is smoother and more even rifling.
  • KORD has 7 main components and can be assembled with a hook and hammer.
  • 19:15 for the obligatory blonde Russian model firing the sniper rifle. They claim they used her in the demo because if a delicate girl can handle it then “any real soldier” can. Uh-huh. She also fires the KORD around 23:00 whose design makes her “[feel] surprise and delight” as the recoil pushes her back a meter.
  • Quick, but decent coverage of the optics they create for the ASVK.
  • Good demo at the end showing the 6S8 standard round penetrating a train rail at 100 meters which they contrasted against a 7.62×54 round (which did not penetrate).

Shout out to Jim for finding this gem. (see what I did there?)

I can only hope that TFB will send me a 6S8 Sniper system and/or KORD for demo (I’m not picky, either will do)…

Tom is a former Navy Corpsman that spent some time bumbling around the deserts of Iraq with a Marine Recon unit, kicking in tent flaps and harassing sheep. Prior to that he was a paramedic somewhere in DFW, also doing some Executive Protection work between shifts. Now that those exciting days are behind him, he has embraced his inner “Warrior Hippie” and assaults 14er in his sandals and beard, or engages in rucking adventure challenges while consuming craft beer. To fund these adventures, he writes medical software and builds websites and mobile apps. His latest venture is as one of the founders of; a search engine for all things gun related. He hopes that his posts will help you find solid gear that will survive whatever you can throw at it–he is known (in certain circles) for his curse…ahem, ability…to find the breaking point of anything.


  • iksnilol

    If you can’t fix it with a hammer or an even larger hammer I don’t want to know about it.

    • Canadian Vet

      If you can’t fix it with a hammer, then it’s an ammunition problem.

    • Zachary marrs

      “A hammer, duct tape, and wd40. If that cant help you, you are f#cked my boy”

      ~Mr. Marrs A.K.A., my dad

    • Mack

      don’t give up, there is always a bigger hammer!

  • 1leggeddog

    ok that was impressive.

  • SP mclaughlin

    The names Bonda, Yames Bonda lol.

  • Mr.T

    Interestingly all russian crew served firearms have opticalsights issued while M2HB still doesn’t even have a proper mechanical sight.

    • Zachary marrs

      Difference of philosophy, you walk the rounds in on the m2.

      • DW

        In soviet Russia, rounds walk in on you!

  • giest

    I would have hoped you did a better job at translating: not “radial reduction” but hammer forging.

    • Dan

      I am pretty sure he didn’t do the subtitles

      • guest

        But he did write down the text from the subtitles. Anyone avragely familiar with firearms should be capable of understanding that the translated term “radial reduction” means radial hammering of a blank onto a mandrel, ie hammer forging.

        • Doc Rader

          I don’t make firearms. I just shoot them.

          Barrels could be constructed out of unicorn horns by dremel wielding garden gnomes for all I know… 🙂

  • Ed

    The KORD and DSHK are very awesome machine guns. But most rather drool at the Yuliya Snigir lookalike models shooting the KORD!!! LOL im surprised that you can find Russian hot women a tough find LOL!!!!!!

    • ein volk ein reich ein fuhrer

      Actually- many Russian women are quite beautiful.

      • DiverEngrSL17K

        I will definitely vouch for that.

        • big daddy

          I had a friend who worked for the state department after learning Russian and other similar languages in the Army. He was stationed in Russia as well as other countries near it. He said the young women cleaning the streets looked like models in the USA. Some are very beautiful and voluptuous. I was stationed in Germany. It was strange to me when I would see nice looking German and other European women with hairy armpits, that was a turnoff.

          • iksnilol

            Why are hairy armpits a turnoff? I understand if they are more hairy than you but it is completely natural to have body hair, whether you are man or woman.

          • RocketScientist

            Yep, its also “completely natural” to reek of BO (body odor), to have yellow crooked teeth, and to not wipe after ye shit. Doesn’t mean I want anything to do with any woman who does any of the above.

          • big daddy

            I also prefer shaved or very well trimmed down south.

          • iksnilol

            Reductio ad absurdum

    • Gwolf

      Tough to find hot Russian women?

      You need to get out and about in more cosmopolitan circles.

      The quality of chick in the video is not uncommon.

      I won’t tell you about Ukraine. Your brain might blow up. 🙂

  • -V-

    Also per the video its “for possible use against robots (re: Drones)” not for arming said drones.

  • DiverEngrSL17K

    Good article, and interesting, well-made, well-presented videos of both weapons as well as the inner workings of the manufacturing production line. The rather attractive shooter didn’t hurt anything, either. Many thanks for introducing us to this show, Thomas :).

    • Giolli Joker

      My thoughts, exactly.
      I’d say it’s probably the best TV show on guns I’ve ever seen…

  • Rusty Shackleford

    I’m glad someone is doing a Top Gear take on firearms.

    • Mabey M

      The Jeremy Clarkson method of repair.

  • gunslinger

    gratuitous cleavage shot? check!