Nikonov machine gun

The Nikonov machine gun (Пулемёт Никонова (pulemot nikonova)) is a twin barrel light machine gun designed by Gennadiy Nikonov.

Nikonov machine gun
TypeLight machine gun
Place of originSoviet Union
Production history
DesignerGennadiy Nikonov
Designed1977–1978
ManufacturerIzhmash
Specifications
Cartridge5.45×39mm
Caliber5.45mm
Barrels2
ActionGas operated
Rate of fire3000rpm
Effective firing range1000m
Feed system30, 45-round box magazines
100-round drum magazine
SightsIron

Overview

The weapon developed on its own initiative, out of competition and technical tasks. The weapon has no bolt, but a stationary breech and movable barrels with its own gas cylinders with piston connected to the next barrel. Upon firing one barrel, the next one was forced backwards, and thus caused the next barrel to move forward. When firing operates a feeding device that channels rounds into the barrels, with the spent cartridges ejected from both sides. The barrels move back and forth the full length of the cartridge.

The prototype is now located the M.T. Kalashnikov museum in Izhevsk.

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