Kbkg wz. 1960

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Karabinek-granatnik wz.1960
Karabinek-granatnik wz.1960.jpg
The Karabinek-granatnik wz.1960
Type Assault rifle-grenade launcher
Place of origin Poland
Service history
In service 1960–present[citation needed]
Used by See Operators
Production history
Designed 1960
No. built 5000+ kbkg wz. 1960 and 500 kbkg wz. 1960/72[citation needed]
Variants karabinek-granatnik wz.1960/72
Specifications
Weight 4.65 kg
Length 1075 mm
Barrel length 415 mm

Cartridge 7.62×39mm
Caliber 7.62mm
Action Gas-Operated, rotating bolt
Rate of fire 600 round/min
(2 grenades/min)
Muzzle velocity 710 m/s
Effective firing range 300 m
Feed system 30-round detachable box magazine
Sights Adjustable iron sights, optional mount required for optical scope

The Karabinek-granatnik wzór 1960 (Polish: Carbine-grenade launcher model 1960), also designated PMK-DGN-60[1] or PMK-60,[2] is a Polish-made version of the AK-47 assault rifle that can fire rifle grenades.

Description[edit]

The LON-I grenade launcher is screwed onto the forward end of the rifle barrel and locked into place by means of a spring-loaded plunger mounted in the front sight base of a modified AK-47 rifle. The sight for the launcher is mounted on the rear sight base. A valve is fitted to the right side of the gas block, allowing the gas to be shut off (preventing it from leaving the barrel via the gas port) when the grenades are fired.

When using the rifle to launch grenades, a special rubber recoil pad is used and a special 10-round magazine is inserted.[3] This magazine has a filler block that prevents it from being used with "normal" (i.e. bulleted) cartridges. There is also a regular version of this rifle as well that was not designed to shoot grenades.[1]

Operators[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Katz, Russel, and Volstad, Armies in Lebanon (1985), p. 44, Plate G1.
  2. ^ Rottman and Volstad, Warsaw Pact Ground Forces (1987), p. 53, Plate E1.
  3. ^ Rottman and Volstad, Warsaw Pact Ground Forces (1987), p. 53, Plate E1.
  4. ^ Katz, Russel, and Volstad, Armies in Lebanon (1985), p. 44, Plate G1.
  5. ^ Rottman and Volstad, Warsaw Pact Ground Forces (1987), p. 53, Plate E1.

References[edit]

  • Gordon Rottman and Ron Volstad, Warsaw Pact Ground Forces, Elite series 10, Osprey Publishing Ltd, London 1987. ISBN 0-85045-730-0
  • Samuel M. Katz, Lee E. Russel, and Ron Volstad, Armies in Lebanon 1982-84, Men-at-arms series 165, Osprey Publishing Ltd, London 1985. ISBN 0-85045-602-9