DS-39 (Russian: Дегтярёва Станковый образца 1939 года, Degtyaryova Stankovyy obraztsa 1939 goda) was a Soviet medium machine gun, designed by Vasily Degtyaryov, that was used during the Second World War. The work on the gun's design began in 1930, and it was accepted by the Red Army in September, 1939. About 10,000 were made from 1939 to 1941, but the weapon was not successful in service and its production was discontinued after the German invasion of June, 1941, with factories converted to produce the older, more reliable Russian M1910 Maxim machine guns[1]. It was later replaced by the SG-43 in service.

Degtyaryov DS-39
TypeMedium machine gun
Place of originSoviet Union
Service history
In service1939–1950s
Production history
DesignerVasily Degtyaryov
No. built10,000
Mass14.3 kg gun body
Length1,170 mm
Barrel length720 mm

Rate of fire600 to 1200 round/min
Muzzle velocity800 m/s (2,624 ft/s)
Effective firing range1000 m
Feed system250 round fabric belts

About 200 were captured by Finland in 1941 and issued to Finnish troops.[2]

See also

  • List of Russian weaponry


  1. "Degtyarov DS-39 - Modern Firearms". Modern Firearms. 2010-10-27. Retrieved 2018-06-21.
  2. "Machine Guns, part 2". 4 November 2017.
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