Practical remote PKM mount in Iraq

Al-Hashd Al-Sha’abi translates to “Popular Mobilization Forces” and is an Iraqi Government sponsored umbrella group composed of people’s militia, to augment Iraqi Military forces in the fight against the so called Islamic State. Photographs of the remote firing device first came out in September of this year, and were spread on a number of Iranian and French news sources. The Iranian connection to many of the Shi’a militias in Al-Hashd Al-Sha’abi is very strong, and is possibly why the photographs are showing up overwhelmingly in Iranian sources.


Unlike many remote sighting and firing devices seen in use by belligerents in Syria and Iraq, this contraption looks much more practical and of lighter weight compared to many of the other devices. But judging from the groups current operational tempo, this mount is most likely being used in a defensive situation, as opposed to pushing through a city offensively, such as Mosul right now.


The contraption is utilizing a sort of adjustable clamp attached to a cradle that locks the PKM medium machine gun (it appears to be a Bulgarian 7.62x54RMG1M) in place. A camera is placed underneath the barrel, that is then wired to a video screen attached to a handle. It appears that the handle controls a mechanical trigger bar, while the camera is operated via a battery pack that is attached to the wall clamp. Loading and manipulating the machine gun would still have to be done by hand, but this would require minimal exposure.


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  • Porty1119

    Huh, not bad. I like the flexibility of the screw-on clamp.

  • BattleshipGrey

    The mount looks pretty sturdy. The wall the mount is attached to does not. While this is innovative, it seems like there’s a lack for range of motion due to the handle assembly and the close proximity to the wall. Unfortunately that wall doesn’t look like very good cover either.

    • LarryLem

      haha, just shoot at the wall below the rifle.

    • Ark

      My first thought as well. Anyone who watches gun stuff on Youtube knows that most rifle rounds will chew up a brick or cinderblock wall with sustained fire.

      Not to mention those mortar joints look so worn that a good shove will send the gun and a portion of the wall tumbling over the edge.

      • Tassiebush

        I can think of a few veterans who told of the training demonstration of a brick wall being smashed to bits. That was back in the days of FALs

  • JustAHologram

    Kinda like some of the WWI periscope rigs

  • MzUnGu

    The way they been bombing their way back to the Stone Age, we may see a battery-less periscope version of this soon. 😛

    • SP mclaughlin

      They have been in the Stone Age ever since the Arab Spring.

      • John Yossarian

        Many parts of Iraq have been in the Stone Age since the Stone Age. Some parts were rather dandy for a while, but not since Bush Sr’s Desert Storm.

  • Alexandru Ianu

    Bulgarian MG1M or MG1? I thought the M version only came with black polymer furniture.

    • SP mclaughlin

      Not sure about which one, but it does have the fluted barrel of the MG1M.

    • Tritro29

      It is a Bulgarian MG1 (you can see the it’s fluted but not ribbed). The MG1M has ribbed barrel.

  • GD Ajax

    Not to worry. Our troops can take them out with bayonet charges!*snark*

    • Tassiebush

      Erm we’re sorta on the same side currently… But yeah it was a shiite militia from memory that got nailed with one.

  • Gary Kirk

    And that’s what mk211s (Raufoss) are for

  • Random Disable Person

    The set up is very similar to how boom/crane cameras are set up & work.. With a monitor and controls at the base for the operator. Making it remote by radio would be risky for hacking but the standard cable control systems could run a distance to one operator to cover multiple directions and/or multiple firearms. Old technology reapplied, some of the first camera dollies came from the equipment used to put bombs on planes in the WWs

  • Widgt

    Looks like a great idea…until you have to reload. Skylined like an MFer.

  • Jonathan Ferguson

    ‘Medium’ machine gun?