The DShK is a Soviet Russian gas-operated, flapper-locked HMG. The DShK is designed by Russian designer Georgi Shpagin as a belt fed version of the DK Machine Gun, which could only use 35 round drum magazines and had a poor rate of fire. Designing finished in 1938, and the DShK was adopted by the Soviet Army in the same year as the standard HMG. The DShK finished its service in 1971, when it got replaced by the NSV as the standard HMG of the Soviet Army. The DShK is exported to numerous countries, mainly ones that are connected to the Soviet Union, and some of the countries have a license to manufacture the DShK. In 1946, an improved version of the DShK-M was created, which is named the DShK 1938/46 or DShK-M.
The DShK's design includes a 1,070 mm (42.1 in) barrel, iron sights, and a tripod. The weight of the DShK itself is 34 kg (74.96 lb) while the length of the gun is 1,625 mm (64.0 in). The DShK's rate of fire is 600 rounds per minute, the DShK's muzzle velocity is 850 m/s (2,788 ft/s), the DShK's effective range is 2 kilometers while its maximum range is 2.5 kilometers, and feeds off from a 50 round belt. The DShK uses the Russian 12.7x108mm cartridge.