Thanks Miles V. for sharing this photo of a PKM in Chechnya.

The photo was posted on Twitter  by @Rufus_McDonald


Chechen Anjad al-Kavkaz fighter posing with a heavily modified PKM. A foregrip, C79/M145 scope, MultiCam camo & butt-pad have been added.


This PKM is very different from your stereotypical PKM.

Here is a regular PKM.


Looking at the photo Miles shared, the stock has been removed and a butt pad has been attached to the back of the receiver. More importantly, the grip and trigger have been shifted forward. They are usually directly underneath the charging handle. The ammo box is canted forward, which I assume is necessary to make room for the relocated grip and trigger. A makeshift rail system has been added so that the shooter can use a vertical grip. I imagine the balance of this particular customized PKM makes it much easier to shoot off hand for longer periods of time as well as making it easier to manipulate.


  • I believe this is the Pecheneg Bullpup.

    • Major Tom

      You might be right. I’ve also heard of bullpup conversions of the PKM too.

    • Greg Anderson

      It seems to differ in some important ways. The hanguard/rail appears significantly different and less complex, and the barrel is fluted. Maybe a related development or copy of the concept by the Chechens?

      • Aaron Wagner

        And it lacks the carrying handle, which you find on both bullpup pecheneg variants.

    • r h

      that was my thought as well

  • Dang

    One heck of a cool machinegun!

  • Timmah_timmah

    That’s pretty wild right there. Would that feed reliably with the ammo can canted like that?

    • Samuel Millwright

      How new are your links and how carefully did you put the filled belt in the can?

      How much dirt came with the filled belt into the can?

      If you added gravel… Boned

      • Timmah_timmah

        Kind of what I was thinking but better put.

  • These things show up in photos on the Internet every now and then.

  • iksnilol

    DIY pecheneg bullpup or the factory version?

    • PK

      One or the other, yes.

    • insertjjs

      There was a pecheneg bullpen conversion that was developed by the Degtyarev plant at the request of the Russian government. But this doesn’t look exactly like it. So I would say diy, some of the holesson on the handguard don’t look like they line up

  • Requiescat in pace

    Ok, OK, but this time in Multicam camo

  • SP mclaughlin

    Placing cluster charge!

    • Ricepuddin

      God damn it Fuze,you killed the hostage

  • Kinetics

    Barret M240 LW compact version

    There is just so much yes about this…the bulpup PKP too.

    • Anonymoose

      That’s not a bullpup. It’s just been moved forward and the stock simplified to being half-receiver.

      • Kinetics

        True, but it’s about as close as you’re gonna get with an M240 without moving the soft pack attachment which would be difficult.

        Technically speaking neither are “bullpups”but no doubt the PKP is closer to the intent of a bullpup as the grip and fire control is directly under the feed tray entry.

        Both are very cool and both look like much better options for GMPG’s for dismounted troops.

        • iksnilol

          The PK is most definitely bullpup. Feed is behind grip.

          • kyphe

            Feed appears to be in line with the grip not behind it. The chamber is still in front of the grip. This is like an FG42 which is not classed as a bullpup either. I don’t think there is a classification for a center feed design.

          • iksnilol

            Damnit! You’re correct.

          • LilWolfy

            FG42 and M60 are half bullpup designs.

      • James Earl Jones

        It’s a space station?

      • William Elliott

        well, since it has to pull the shell backwards out of the belt, the grip is actually directly under the chamber, so it COULD be considered a bullpup…barely.
        Personally, I like it…I would love to see how it balances and shoots.

  • int19h

    This is not in Chechnya. Ajnad al-Kavkaz is a Chechen jihadi group operating in Syria, mostly consisting of people who were previously fighting for “Caucasus Emirate” insurgents in Chechnya in 00s.

  • Amplified Heat

    What do you say; more or less cool than the shorty Rhodesian RPD?

    • Anonymoose

      54R beats 39.

      • Samuel Millwright

        Right because it’s15 more and comes with a capital R….

        That’s $93 in American money

  • Greg Anderson

    That looks significantly different.

  • Andrew Dubya

    Also, The barrel is finned. PKMs don`t have finned barrels, PKs do.

    • Tritro29

      That is a Bulgarian MG1 that has been sold to the Anjad Kavkaz by possibly western intelligence agencies or with their blessing. This is in Syria, not Chechnya.

  • USMC03Vet

    Prestige rank 10 confirmed!

  • Nope, I believe you’re incorrect sir. Look closely at the barrel profile, the vents in the shroud, and the butt plate. This is an improvised design.

  • UWOTM8
    • Triforce

      I was hoping that someone would eventually reference this.

      No fuze! Bad fuze! Stop it! You’re gonna kill the hostage!

      • UWOTM8

        Can’t extract the hostage if there is no hostage….

  • HenryV

    Like a belt fed, mutant LSW.

  • Peter Nissen

    Okay – 9 out of 10 for tacti-cool purposes!

    • iksnilol

      Why tacticool? It looks more practical than a regular PK. Y’all realize that tacticool is an insult?

  • Docduracoat

    Is he wearing US Army ACU camo?
    Universally regarded as the worst camo pattern ever
    I must say it looks like it would work if he just laid down in that gravel road near that green clump he would match perfectly
    Or maybe that gray building in the background
    He Actually found a place where ACU camo works !

  • sepheronx

    I was about to post the same thing. This isn’t in Chechnya. And the guy is a terrorist that is from Chechnya fighting in Syria. So 99.9% this is Syria. Doesn’t even look like Chechnya at all.

  • Arie Heath

    Looks like it’s supposed to be a copy, or just the same idea, as the PKP bullpup. Doesn’t appear to be a legitimate one though.

  • Timmah_timmah

    Stay classy jihadi a-holes…

  • BFG-9000

    Its Bullpupized PKM. Its years old, does not seem to be very popular, apart from being shorter everything is awkward, especially the belt going over shooting hand. There is also bullpupized Pecheneg, but it has the Pecheneg style carry handle and the optics is attached to it. there its still on the receiver cover.

  • DustCovered6

    So basically a DIY Pecheneg. Interesting.

  • AK

    Definately not a PKP, but not a PKM either. The base gun is a PK, field converted to a bullpup configuration. The fluted, fixed barrel gives it away.