"The DP Machine Gun Looks Funny, But Spilled a Lot of Blood."
A U.S. Army soldier (probably of the 1st Cavalry Division) rests next to a DP light machine gun on Hill 902 in South Korea, September 1950. Note also the Soviet bloc hand grenade, the M2 carbine with grenade launcher attachment and the BAR in the background. Spare drums indicate that it is ready to be used against its former NKPA owners. U.S. Army photo.
Dubbed 'Stalin's Phonograph,' the weapon played the swan song of thousands on the battlefield
Can't tell you how much I'd love to have one, too.
Could this weapon be updated and Americanized for .308 / 7.62x51?
Have a semiauto version, and I can tell you that the pan mags are a ROYAL pain to load. They do not hold up well to sustained fire as the mainspring that PULLS the bolt carrier is right under the barrel - and loses tension over time when the barrel gets hot. This was corrected with the model DPM, which relocated the recoil spring into the stock.
Woodman Uh No. The DP sucked so badly that the Stalinist army that created it couldn't fix all the design flaws in it. It was pawned off onto the Chinese in 1950. Who PROMPLY gave it to North Korea (China used the M-1917a1 until they replaced it with the RPK) The Russians gave this relic of WW1 to any one but their own army. If you enjoy feed jams, defective, "hand fit only" magazines, melted recoil springs and "failed to feed". Then this is the almost working MG for you. As a side note; The weapon sucked so badly that they were rejected for service by the NVA and VC, who used anything else they could get there hands on.--Ray
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. That's funny, that the weapon sucked SO badly that not even the VC would accept or use it.
Thanks for the historical update.
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