DShK Soviet Machine Gun

The DShK (also called the Dushka, or “sweetie”) is a gas operated, belt fed, air-cooled machine gun that fires in automatic mode only.

It is a machine gun found all over the Middle East and is often mounted on the backs of trucks. It is used by the Kurdish peshmerga and other goups. It can be seen in much of the Iraq or Syria war footage.

It is a 12.7mm caliber (.50 cal.) and was made by the Soviet Union. It was first built in 1938 and made until 1980. It has been used against ground troops and also as an anti-aircraft weapon.

The “Dushkas” in the Middle East are old, but they are still considered to be destructive and effective.