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October 19, 2003

Sunday GunPorn™

Okay! Today let's take a look at a sexy little number who actually hails from Poland, the Degtyarev Pechotnyi 28. This little number was the first Soviet designed (as opposed to inherited (?!?) from the Tsar. Using a modified Kjellman Frijberg locking system (hehehehehe - I love to toss that stuff around) the DP introduced a locking system still in use in russian and russian-derived machine guns. It uses a fat firing pin with recesses cut in the sides. As the pin goes forward, it cams 'flaps' out of the side of the bolt which lock the bolt in place when firing, and on recoil, the retreating pin cams them back out again. Fast, robust, simple to make, and not affected by dirt as much (too bad you can't say the same for the magazine!

Oh, you want less words, more picture? Okay. Here you go!

She's shown here with her little friend, a Polish-made TT-33 Tokarev pistol, made in 1953, that has a safety (unlike the original soviet pistol). His safety was built in from the get-go, not like the butcher-job safeties put on recent imports in order to get them past the ATFE inspectors.

Time to get funky - let's go behind the curtain....

Ya make it? Okay, close that thing behind you, don't want any Gun Fearing Wussies coming in and fainting or wetting their pants. I hate it when that happens.

So, noticed that big flat magazine? Right pain in the ass it is, too.

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Degtyarev chose this flat, sheet metal drum magazine because he wanted to get a lot of rounds in it, but didn't want to make the gun's profile any higher than it already was. He didn't want it looking like the Bren, for example.
It's a simple magazine, but it's slow to reload, so you had to carry chests and bags of spare magazines. As with all guns of this era, she can nicely accessorize!

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Here you see her with all her magazine bits exposed! And her gunner's kit, with cleaning rod, multi-tool, blank firing adaptor, spare springs, oil bottle and other fancy stuff. You can also see the length of the receiver resulting from the need to chamber and eject the relatively long 7.62x54R round. All in all, a nicely equipped babe. She is a bit hefty though - weighing 26.5 pounds loaded.
And with that bipod, she's kinda nose-heavy when walking her around.

Let's close today's show with a little spread-leg closeup!

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