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PU-21 / ПУ-21 (Пулемёт с унифицированной подачей)
Russian IP-2 Machine Gun.jpg
Type Light machine gun
Place of origin Soviet Union
Production history
Designer Yu.K.Aleksandrov
Manufacturer TsNIITochMash
Weight 5.7 kg
Length 1060 mm
Barrel length 590 mm

Cartridge 5.45×39 mm
Caliber 5.45 mm
Action Gas-operated
Rate of fire 750 rpm
Muzzle velocity 960 m/s
Effective firing range 1000 m
Feed system 20- or 45-round box magazine
200-round belt
Sights Iron

The PU-21 ПУ-21 (Пулемёт с унифицированной подачей) is a 5.45 mm machine gun designed by V.M.Kalashnikov and M.E.Dragunov between 1972 and 1977 years. The PU-21 can be fed by 45 round magazines a 200 round ammunition belt. The PU-21's sights are graduated to distance of 1000 m.[1][2]

The PU-21 prototypes were thoroughly tested by the Soviet Army in Leningrad, but military experts did not see convincing arguments for replacing the RPK and RPK-74 with the PU-21 design. According to the Soviet military, the design was too complex compared to other weapons then in service, and failed to enhance combat effectiveness.

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