Christmas Wishes With The MarColMar UKM Vz. 59

There will be those that will scoff at a semiautomatic beltfed machine gun. But hear me out. Aside from suppressive fire in combat and the pure joy of squeezing off burst in civilian life, I’m going to have to agree with my fellow writer Patrick R. – machine guns are overrated. Don’t get me wrong, if prices were on par with semiauto firearms, all of my guns would have select fire capability. The MarColMar UKM Vz. 59 beltfed chambered in 7.62x54r, sold by Atlantic Firearms, speaks to those of us who don’t necessarily have the means or desire to unload 2k rounds in every range session.

At a hair under $6,000, the MarColMar still isn’t cheap, but it is probably the most affordable authentic beltfed (semi) machine gun on the market. And the package includes enough to get you started and then some.



UKM Vz. 59 7.62x54r Beltfed Tactical Rifle

IF YOU MISSED OUT ON OUR SEMI PKM (now selling for $10k or more!), DO NOT MISS THE NEW UKM! EXTREMELY LIMITED PRODUCTION!! Taking the best features of the PKM and the Uk vz. 59, and merged them into a new weapon system which provides the best features of both worlds. Even better, it has added features like a forward picatinny tri-rail system, and picatinny sight rail, as well as AR-15 sight height commonality – to provide features neither gun could provide! This gun is destined to be a classic! Built using a modified Uk vz. 59 receiver, it also features an 18 inch chrome-lined barrel vs. 22 inch, relocated bipod, and the new pattern flash hider.


  • 1 x 250 Round Can w/ 5 Belts
  • 1 x 50 Round Can w/ Belt
  • Gunner’s Pouch w/ Maintenance and Cleaning Tools
  • Translated original Czech Military Manual
  • MarColMar Semi Auto Uk Manual
  • Militec Oil and Grease
  • Warranty Card

“Better than the PKM”:

  • milled construction vs. PKM sheet metal – no receiver stretching or rivets or trunnions to break
  • push through belt allows a shorter overall length
  • faster barrel change – no feedtray to lift – no lock to move
  • breaks down into smaller components – easier cleaning and maintenance
  • picatinny rail compatible with AR fold down sights or optics
  • forward three-rail picatinny for bipods, lights, lasers, forward grips, etc.
  • pistol grip cocking of the UK, replaces the fragile bolt handle of the PKM
  • replacement parts are much more affordable

“Better than the Uk-59”:

  • moves the bipod to the receiver – providing easier barrel changes
  • picatinny rail compatible with AR fold down sights or optics
  • forward three-rail picatinny for mounting bipods, lights, lasers, forward grips, etc.
  • synthetic furniture impervious to moisture, heat, or swelling, and provides a correct handhold while firing
  • updated flash hider which is more efficient than original cone type

UKM Vz 59

UKM Vz 59


UKM Vz 59


UKM Vz 59

MarColMar Firearms
1210 Heinbaugh Road, Richmond IN 47374

Phone: (765) 983-8200


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  • John McPherson

    wait a minute, what about the RPD for least expensive belt feed. It only cost me as much as both of my 1919s.

  • Hrajnoga

    I don’t want to be an ass, but here in Slovakia, semi auto legal UK-59s cost around 350€ (around 375$ ?). So they built this from scratch ? :-O

    • Pete – TFB Writer

      I am happy for you. Now get out. 😉

      • J.J.

        350? Maybe for original full auto one. It’s more like 500€ for semi nowadays. But yeah, living in CZ/SK has its perks.

    • Ken

      The US, and possibly Canada, have laws preventing us from simply taking a full auto and converting to semi auto. That requires the receivers to be built from scratch or made by welding together pieces of a destroyed receiver. In addition, we in the US have 922(r) which bans any “non sporting” rifles from having more than ten imported parts. Since the UK-59 is probably not considered “sporting” due to its pistol grip, it has to have a few US made parts in it to be legal.

      Edit: Also, semi auto firearms firing from open bolts are not allowed in the US (anymore), so the design has to be modified to fire from a closed bolt. Any original parts used must be modified for closed bolt. The new, semi auto only receiver has to be designed to be unable to take the full auto capable parts. I’m not familiar with the UK-59 design, but a semi auto MG42 for example is modified to fire with a hammer from a closed bolt and a firing pin that is separate from the roller locking wedge. That involves modifying the gripstick to take an AR trigger group and the other parts.

    • .45

      Yeah, well… I’m taller than you!

  • Bill

    I think FA is highly over-rated, and scoff at belt-fed semis.

    • Pete – TFB Writer

      Bill, I forgot to address your people. My apologies. All I can do is point you in the direction of the semiautomatic Glock 18.

  • Harry’s Holsters

    I’m guessing the ugly new furniture is for 922r compliance? For the numbers of these that were built wouldn’t it be simpler to have wood stocks and fore ends made?

    If some things change with Trump in office and the republicans having the house and senate I wonder how well these would hold their value?

    All it takes is reversal of the barrel ban and 922r to make guns like this much more feasible to build. I don’t think we’ll see the 89 ban reversed though.

    • andrey kireev

      There are both wooden and polymer ones out there.

  • Raginzerker

    If a pkm could have an abortion, this is what it would look like

    • SP mclaughlin

      It’s a bit older than the PK, by a year or so.

      • Raginzerker

        My first time hearing of it, the czechs make some good gun they just don’t make them pretty

        • Kevin Sanderson

          I take it you’ve never seen a CZ 805 or a CZ 75.

          • Stephen Paraski

            I think the SA24 is a neat little package, the original 9 mm design.

          • roguetechie

            I prefer the 26… Aka the original Uzi.

          • Raginzerker

            Seen them both, not a big fan of the way they look, but I get they are both really good guns

  • Anonymoose

    They need a 16″ version. There is a huge (nearly) untapped market for a hybrid GPMG/flamethrower.

  • Tassiebush

    I just really need someone to make a shoulder fired hopper fed Gatling gun with a trigger to comply with my local laws now.

  • Tom Currie

    Now all it needs is a bump fire stock to really give the snowflakes a heart attack 😉

    • Ryfyle

      Or a Digital Trigger. A wonder those things didn’t come out sooner.

  • Justin Roney

    Semi-auto belt fed…it’s like a supercar with a four banger.

    • roguetechie

      Lotus, what?

  • Cymond

    “At a hair under $6,000, the MarColMar still isn’t cheap, but it is probably the most affordable authentic beltfed (semi) machine gun on the market.”

    Huh? Atlantic sells RPDs for $2000 and 1919s for $2500.

  • Petto

    $6000 for semi automatic MG? little over priced don’t you think? this isn’t FN or PKM

    also i never thought i will see a tacticool Vz.59

  • FulMetlJakit

    Pretty sure those last 4 pics are mislabeled, certainly the first (a straight UK – wood furniture, conical flash suppresor)
    They specifically mention moving the bipod to the receiver from the barrel in their copy. Am assuming these last three are modernized service UKs?
    They also have the barrel handle on the opposite side, (feed) compared to the Atlantic offering.
    Still, an interesting article and option, even if a slightly overpriced offering. Still cheaper to buy and feed than a semi 249, would hazard lighter too.

  • Major Tom

    Semi-auto belt-feds are HERESY. An overpriced piece of gobbledygook that dresses in the gun equivalent of fancy drag.

    • Anonymoose

      I don’t care what you think. I still want a semi-auto 240 and 249.

      • Major Tom

        I’d want a full-auto 240 and 249. Because I really do not consider pulling the trigger 100-200 times per reload fun. Semi-auto really runs out of fun after about 60 bullets continuously. Anything higher requires Auto.

        • Anonymoose

          You will never have a full-auto 240 or 249 unless you become a dealer or the registry is reopened.