Afghan Heavy Weapons

A reader named Robert sent us a few photos of captured weapons in Afghanistan – and we always enjoy seeing this sort of thing.

First up, a Chinese Type 77 .50-cal machine gun. This uses a feed system copied form the DShK and locks with the same Degtyarev flap system as the DShK (as well as the DP and RPD), but the operating system is direct gas impingement. Interesting…

Type 77 Chinese .50 cal machine gun captured in Afghanistan
Type 77 Chinese .50 cal machine gun captured in Afghanistan (click to enlarge)

Type 77 Chinese .50 cal machine gun captured in Afghanistan

Next up, a couple of KPV 14.5mm machine guns set up for anti-aircraft use. The KPV is a short-recoil action, with a rotating collar to lock the bolt and barrel together.

KPV 14.5mm heavy machine gun, captured in Afghanistan
KPV 14.5mm heavy machine gun, captured in Afghanistan (click to enlarge)
Two KPV heavy machine guns in a dual AA mount
Two KPV heavy machine guns in a dual AA mount (click to enlarge)

Originally from the US, we find an old M20 75mm recoilless rifle (on what appears to be an adapted Chinese mount)…

US M20 75mm recoilless rifle captured in Afghanistan
US M20 75mm recoilless rifle captured in Afghanistan (click to enlarge)

And, of course, from even earlier a British SMLE. We understand these haven’t been a first choice weapon for a while, but they are certainly still floating around over there.

SMLE captured in Afghanistan
SMLE captured in Afghanistan (click to enlarge)