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Published on Dec 1, 2011
machine gun PKP Pecheneg (6П41 «Печенег») Caliber: 7.62x54mm R Weight: 8.7 kg on bipod; 12.7 kg on infantry tripodmount Length: 1155 mm Length of barrel: 658 mm Feeding: belt, 100 or 200 rounds Rate of fire: 650 rounds/min The "Pecheneg" LMG can be considered as a modification of the PKM machine gun, but it is built for only one tactical role; that is, as atrue squad-level light machine gun for mobile infantry and Spetsnaz troops. Its key difference from the parent design is the barrel, which is not intended to be replaced in the field (although it can be removed for inspection and maintenance). The barrel is somewhat heavier than that of the PKM, and has radial cooling ribs. This is enclosed in a steel jacket, which runs up to the muzzle to provide forced air cooling a-la Lewis machine gun of WW1 era. Cooling air enters the jacket through oval windows at the rear of the jacket, and exits at the muzzle. Early versions of the Pecheneg had standard PKM-type flashhider, which resulted in a significant muzzle blast once the gun is warmed up; current production guns have a special flash hider that eliminates this problem. At the rear of the jacket there is a carrying handle permanently attached to it. This handle has a characteristic elongated profile, as it is also intended to protect the line of sight from mirages generated by the hot barrel.