The Type 73 looks somewhat like North Korea’s attempt at copying the Bren LMG with a lot of influence from the Russian PK guns. Here is another photo that looks like it might be taken from the same photo shoot. I wonder how the sights work? Are they offset so they clear the giant vertical magazine? Because, looking at the photos, they don’t look like they are offset.




  • Vitsaus

    Its no wonder they are building up a nuclear arsenal, their military always looks woefully under equipped.


      Just picture a army stuck in the early 1950s, that’s what North Korean army is like.

      • Tritro29

        They’re stuck in the early 80’s, not 50’s, that’s a mistake, many make about DPRK, that’s something that might cost a lot of people a bloody nose, if one still fancies going for that “Nukular” arsenal.


    In north korea, you don’t offset the sights the sights offset you!

  • Patrick R. – Senior Writer

    If you look closely at the sights you can see that they are offset in the same manner as the Bren.

    • hami

      More specifically: the front sight is obviously offset and the rear sight’s “slider” is to the side of it’s track, that track remaining in-line with the bore

  • Jacen

    At least the CCP’s PLA attempts to look modern in their photo ops


      well in both those case, they are not attempting to look modern. they are as well armed and protected as any standard U.S infantry man.

      • El Duderino

        In 1965, maybe.

        • MAUSERMAN

          Don’t read much huh?

          • El Duderino

            You commented above that the DPRK forces are armed like the early 1950s. Heck I gave them an extra 10+ years. What are we arguing about here?

          • MAUSERMAN

            Well In the case of NK it maybe true, but if you think the PLA is armed like in the 1960s, then i can’t help you if you don’t want to read or do research.
            Just click on the link i provided above post, come on you can do it!

          • Kivaari

            Sheet metal receiver instead of milled. Late 50s-60s.

          • Tritro29

            The discussion was about the PLA, not the KPLA…

      • Phillip Cooper

        I wouldn’t say that… and the fact that they quite often have to forage for food surely doesn’t help, either.

        • MAUSERMAN

          Yes. I suppose that’s what the American thought about the PLA just before the PLA cause the longest retreat in U.S history during the Korean war.

          • Kivaari

            The Marines were just fighting in a different direction.

          • Major Tom

            Advancing in a different direction. Get it right!

          • MAUSERMAN

            Well that’s why American propaganda is the best in the world. “AMERICAN SNIPER” anyone?

          • Howard M. Murdock

            Uh huh, in doing so taking nearly 10 to 1 losses by a numerically inferior force. Only to eventually be on the retreat themselves. Paper tiger with rainbow stripes.

          • Major Tom

            Not only did they take 10:1 losses, they had completely surrounded Chesty’s Marines at Chosin and they let them get away!

          • MAUSERMAN

            Yes, I suppose when you have boots and the people chasing you are barefoot in -10 degree winter weather you better be running faster.

          • Major Tom

            How do you get chased when you’re surrounded? It’s either break through one side and escape or have the pocket collapsed on you and everyone dies or gets captured.

            Chesty’s Marines broke through the Chinese lines and escaped to UN-controlled territory despite being severely outnumbered and completely surrounded.

            Such an outcome in military history speaks well of the escapees and poorly on those doing the surrounding.

            The myth of barefooted PLA peasants is but that, a myth. The PLA task force at Chosin Reservoir was one of the best outfits in Korea. In every aspect, well-supplied, well-trained, well prepared.

            Worst of all, Chosin Reservoir was a textbook example of a Pyrrhic victory. The PLA could not sustain any momentum across the entire Korean theater after such horrendous losses and got pushed back as a result.

          • MAUSERMAN

            Typical of U.S attitude. So either Chinese is a paper tiger, or they are some of the best outfit in KOREA!!! I guess change the narrative to fit whatever the outcome. Let me offer some quotes from U.S generals.
            MacArthur assured Tureman that the war was basically over. He even thought it possible that the Eighth Army could be home by Christmas. When Truman pressed a little harder on China, MacArthur dismissed the idea and claimed that if the Chinese crossed into North Korea and headed for Pyongyang, the North Korean capital, “there would be the greatest slaughter.”

            “SOUNDED LIKE MISSION ACCOMPLISHED IN 2003”???? hum….. i wonder where bush get that from!!!!!!!!

            Major General Almond toured the area by helicopter. He again urged the Marines forward, dismissing the Chinese as nothing but the remains of a few divisions fleeing north. “We’re still attacking and we’re going all the way to the Yalu. Don’t let a bunch of Chinese laundrymen stop you,” he said. (THAT WAS THE NIGHT before chinese attacked) That night, the Chinese 9th Army attacked with 5 battalions. But they committed their soldiers to the battle with less than adequate intelligence on UN forces, and without artillery or proper weather gear.

            I guess i made that up too.

          • Major Tom

            “Typical of U.S attitude. So either Chinese is a paper tiger, or they are some of the best outfit in KOREA!!!”

            You can have both. The best outfit in Korea turns out to be a paper tiger against a competent foe.

            A “PLA Stronk! Remove Yankee.” moment it was not.

          • MAUSERMAN

            LOL this is too funny.
            1. what part of PLA lacking support in anyway you don’t understand? no modern weapon, no airforce, no navy, and poor supply line, and yet they still attacked against a well fortified enemy, suffering heavy losses and took the field.

            2. Gotta love using words like “break out” i guess they broke out so fast they forgot to stop and defend SEOUL the South Korean capitol, and ran all the way back to the sea port! I would think if you are not being chased then there would be no need to “SCORCH EARTH” as you are “BREAKING OUT” right?

            3. you forgot to mention the “PUSH BACK” as you called it got stopped at 38th para and gone no further, and let’s not forget that’s with the combine forces of 20+ U.N forces, British, french, indian, turks….etc + the south koreans.

            U.S the PAPER TIGER INDEED! Remove N.K? NK still here CHECK! Remove CHICOM PLA! STILL here!
            I guess the whole be home by christmas 1951 was wrong! 🙂

          • Tritro29

            Actually that’s how the Whole US invincible mythos got shot down. It was this and the Viet-Minh campaign in Indochina. For a bunch of guys that effectively broke down the US march towards Korean Unification, that’s the actual Feat. What next, Soviet army tiger paper because it incurred more losses than the WH…please talk about guns, not about military campaigns.

          • MAUSERMAN

            I have no interest to teach history here, but consider the fact that it was a army without heavy artillery, airforce support, no naval support and logistical support, I say they did pretty well. On top of that after the push back they held the US and 20+ united nation forces at 38th parallel. Paper tiger indeed.

          • Phillip Cooper

            .. .and they did so when propped up by the Chinese, so yes, the statement remains.

  • Jalen Byon

    They probably drill holes through the magazines and aim through there, since they probably don’t have any ammo

    • Phil Hsueh

      Nah, you’re just supposed to pre-aim with the mag removed first. You’re supposed to then memorize your sight picture before putting the mag back.

  • Thomas Weißhuhn

    I’d go there for a round trip if i could!

    • Anonymoose

      Watch the Vice video first, then remember that things have gotten worse now that Kim 3 is in power.

      • Thomas Weißhuhn

        I know its not going to be a nice vacation with cocktails at the beachbar and stuff, but still i would love to travel there to see it with my own eyes.

        • jay

          Go. They like westerners for publicity. You may have a hard time coming back, though.

        • mikewest007

          Oh, you would see a dog-and-pony show whipped up for the gullible foreigners!

        • mazkact

          Kim treat you like royalty if you a has been pro basketball player.

    • TheNotoriousIUD

      And your money would be used to build more concentration camps.

      • Thomas Weißhuhn

        In your head maybe…

        • TheNotoriousIUD

          Rationalize it any way you want.

          • Thomas Weißhuhn

            no, it would be used to buy western home entertainment, they wont waste precious foreign currency to build a concentrationcamp.

            (this should have been my original reply to your comment but… what ever 😉

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Most folks have morals that override the morbid curiosity of sightseeing in a human slave state.

          • Thomas Weißhuhn

            I would like to see it with my own eyes tho. I’ve been in South Korea, so i might get a glipse of how different they are. I’m really curious, maybe its because I’m from east Germany and the situation there has something in common with the situation in Germany decades ago.
            Who knows since they charge alot I’m not sure about ever going there.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Bottom line is that tourism enriches and legitimizes their government.

          • Thomas Weißhuhn

            Well, yeah… but if I get the chace to travel there I gonna use it, its unlikely tho.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Great, good for you.
            You can tell people at parties about how you went to a human zoo where tens of thousands of people are starved and murdered every year and how interesting it was.
            So interesting.

          • Thomas Weißhuhn

            No I can’t since I haven’t been there yet and I’m not good at telling stories ether.

            What ever, I get your point but it does not change my mind.

    • SP mclaughlin

      You’d have to set your watch back 50 years if you went to Norkland.

  • flyfishr

    One thing……. the designer had one thing to do, magazine on the bottom, and he screwed it up.

    • Anonymoose

      Gravity-assist, though.

      • BrandonAKsALot

        Glorious Democratic People’s Republic of Korea needs no assistance from anything!

        • Anonymoose

          Glorious-Leader-in-the-Sky Kim Il-Sung and his descendants order all things to fall down, and lift up glorious DPRK aircraft into the sky with their power!

      • Major Tom

        Gravity-assist has a number of disadvantages though. Namely gravity-assist feeding systems are very restricted in what type of mags they can take and still work reliably.

        • Gravity assist, in this context, doesn’t mean you have *no* magazine spring – it just means the magazine spring is working with gravity, not against it, which means the spring doesn’t have to work a hard.

          But, given that, even with a double column feed (as on, say, the BAR or FAL), you can only *fit* about a 20 round magazine and still get prone when using a full size rifle case, plus you have a highly restricted loading space to work with, a top feed magazine has serious advantages going for it in a LMG.

          If you have an AG feeding magazines, with a little bit of practice, he can swap mags in the brief pause between bursts, so the enemy doesn’t detect the longer pause to reload.

      • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

        Now you dont need a mag spring. Im telling you N Korea has this war thing figured out. Trimming necessary weight everywhere.

    • Baggy270

      Can’t get low to the ground with mag on bottom

      • Especially given that looks like a single column magazine.

    • Ken

      The PKM is an upside down AK, so there is a gas piston in the way on the bottom that would prevent that. Also, I guess they figured it was easier to change the mags from prone.

  • forrest1985

    They will never get to use them in anger so sights are irrelevant surely?

  • TX

    hehe, aiming practice. The fluted barrel on the Type 73 garners a +1 for timely implementation of “DPRK high-tech innovation”. However, the dude in the back not following orders and acting “separatist” brings the score for the whole squad back down.

  • Ron

    Bottom photo shows the sights offset to left side of the gun

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    What are they attacking here? A convoy of trucks carrying working refrigerators and bootleg VHS tapes of Walker: Texas Ranger?

    • USMC03Vet

      Probably the weekly execution of deplorables that occurs over there.

      • Blake

        Hey! I’m glad I saw you comment here, I have to ask you a question about a comment you posted awhile ago on the story about Inrange giving the AK a mud bath.

        You said “I hope this is a reference to Jessica “Incompetent” Lynch because it needs to be.” Why did you say that? I remember what happened but not being able to find a ton of information into the actual incident. I would love to hear your insight.

        • USMC03Vet

          She was portrayed as a war hero immediately when in reality she was a bad soldier that couldn’t even maintain her rifle enough for it to work when she needed it.

          • Blake

            Is that essentially how she was taken? My fuzzy memory seems to tell me she was taken unconscious/dazed from a vehicle crash or something. Do you know any good resources for reading up on it?

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    • CountryBoy

      Wondering how consistent the guys behind the machinegunners are in shooting over their comrades’ heads, or between them.

      I suppose that builds trust within the unit, eh?

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        I’m guessing screw ups are handled in a very unpleasant way so they’re probably motivated.

        • CountryBoy

          Yeah, I understand he’s killed a lot of his own family, being concerned about them overthrowing him.

          I can see if one of them was his barber, but geez…

      • David F. Podesta

        Just making sure those machine-guns don’t get aimed at the “dear leader”

        • CountryBoy

          I think he should have taken out his barber first. The barber pulled a fast one and made him the laughing stock of the world behind his back (actually, atop his head!) and he hasn’t noticed yet!

    • David F. Podesta

      The tapes would be going south….

    • Rooftop Voter

      Working refrigerators; reminds me of the British joke as why the Brits drink warm beer. Lucas built the refrigerators.

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        The jaguar guy? Is that true?

  • Lance

    All of that money they barley have for there Type 88 AK-74 kick offs and for there LMGs…. And no helmets for there troops… And no camp. Guess the Kim’s love there weapons ddon’t give a crap about other folder gear.

    • Rob

      This comment is unreadable.

      • tb556

        barley, I mean barely…

  • Note that the top cover can be swapped out in order to convert it to belt-feed.

    • Tritro29

      It’s actually a double feed.

      • Ambassador Vader

        Triple feed if you count operating solely on kim’s hopes and dreams.

  • nova3930

    The sights work because the Great and Wonderful Dear Leader Kim Jong Fluffy says they work Comrade!

    • jay

      Want to bring down n. korea? Send in our sjw’s! Send in trigglypuff!

      • Doom

        Nah, they will take care of them the correct way, unlike those in the West. Either sent to a labor camp until they wise up or into a ditch. Either way, not trying to tear down all the remaining good parts of society.

        • Mojopin

          TrigglyPuff could live for several years on her SJW “reserves” positive body image jiggles and canckles

          • Rooftop Voter

            You made me work for that one. Had to look up who you were talking about. Looks like Triggly has not missed many meals.

          • Doom

            lol, good point. They would be good to go with all their left over “body positivity” though all the starving numales might loose their pathetic white knight mentality when triggly doesnt sleep with them after calling her a beautiful delicate flower for a month in the camp. and then eat them 😛

        • jay

          That was my secret hope! ;-}

  • morokko

    Bren machinegun, best machingun!

  • TechnoTriticale

    Context? So what was the source and audience for these photos?

    My guess is that it’s for internal consumption by the inmates of HTNK (Hereditary Thugocracy of North Korea).

    But I suppose we can’t rule out that portly Kim actually thinks opfor strategists would be awed by this preposterous posturing.

    • Tritro29

      Context? It’s a military propaganda picture, like in every country. Maybe it looks (painfully) funny with the DPRK, but there’s no difference from Army-Strong in US/UK/Ru/Fr etc.

  • USMC03Vet

    So many fingers on triggers. I can’t even.

    • Tritro29

      No ammo, they could eat it…

    • “No fingers on triggers” is really an American thing, with spillover to “Western” style militaries, and it’s actually relatively recent (last couple of decades, really) even here.

      Outside modern, US-influenced, militaries, “fingers on triggers” is pretty common still.

  • Raginzerker

    Greatest light machine gun used by glorious people’s army, thank

  • Amplified Heat

    That’s a nice tactical dent in the body of the magazine; is that for speed, or reliability?

  • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

    Yeah I dont know what yall are looking at but those sights are not offset…

    • AD

      The body of the rear sight is not offset, but the actual bit that you look through seems to be hanging off to the left of the actual sight body. And if you look at the very bottom of the second photo, you can see the the front sight is offset to the left.

  • There is an offset—–

  • wetcorps

    Who needs sights when you have no ammo?

  • Aim just below the moldy sponge cakes.

  • UCSPanther

    The type 73 uses a dual-mode feed mechanism, where it can either be fed from a Bren or ZB 26 style magazine or from a belt, much like the Czech VZ 52 LMG.

    Reportedly, some type 73s have been seen in the hands of Iranian-backed Shia militias in Iraq.

    • Tritro29

      Not reportedly, they have Type 73-2 in their inventory (mostly gotten through Iran’s 80’s war stocks).

    • Rocketman

      So I was right then. I wrote the earlier post before I saw this comment.

  • Brasstard

    I would like to have a few of those magazines. See if they could be modified for a PSL. Not to many 30rnd 7.62×54 mags out there

  • Doom

    Pretty sad a country that hasnt been actively at war for 60 years has such poor condition gear. AH COMRADE! At least these troops dont appear to be starving.

  • Adam

    I want one….

  • CountryBoy

    Looks like they use the mag as the front “blade” sight!

    Very coarse, but provides for plenty of holdover/holdUNDER!

  • Rocketman

    Looking at the top photo it seems that in front of the charging handle and above it is a provision to hook a ammo bag onto the gun. Either that or this gun can also be used to fire belted ammo if it needs to.

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  • desertcelt

    Eradicating aides who didn’t dispose of 30,000 classified e mails.

  • AirborneSoldier

    I bet the poor slob who carries this doesnt find it to be “Light”.

  • ChiptheBarber

    Sorry I’m late to the party again but the sights and mag are both slightly offset. Sights to the shooter’s right and mag to the shooter’s left. And come on guys! Let’s cut out the barber comments. I know from experience you can’t put a million dollar haircut on a $2 head. It would be akin to Lassie’s rump hair growing from a turnip.