“Kord”: Russian superweek, which was called the best in the world 

Heavy machine guns have long become an integral part of modern combat. This weapon has a much greater firepower and, consequently, greater capabilities than conventional small arms. Such machine guns can not only fight with enemy manpower, destroy fortifications and destroy lightly armored vehicles, but even fight with snipers.
However, despite all these advantages, large-caliber machine guns have their own drawbacks, which flow from the advantages already described. They are heavy, have strong recoil, require more careful care and can only be fired from the machine or from the machinery.
For example, in the US Army, the Browning M2 heavy machine gun is still in service. This weapon was designed and put into operation in 1933, however, the design turned out so successful that it has retained its relevance to this day, and the emerging problems could be fixed with the help of modifications.
The history of the invention of domestic CCP dates back to the 1930s under the USSR. The first mass machine gun of the Soviet time was the DK (Degtyarev large-caliber). The scheme, in its essence, turned out to be an enlarged copy of the DP-27 — a Degtyarev light machine gun with a caliber of 7.62. For this reason, the machine gun was “raw”, i.e. when shooting, there were delays associated with design flaws. His colleague Georgy Shpagin came to the aid of Vasily Dyagterev and soon the DShK (Dygtereva – Shpagin Large-caliber) machine gun appeared in the Red Army, which went through the whole war with the soldiers.
In the line of the Soviet large-caliber machine guns one of the latest models was the “Rock”. Modern for its time, the system was developed in 1971 and is still in service. But the disadvantage is that after the collapse of the USSR, all the technical documentation, and, consequently, the right to manufacture these weapons remained in Kazakhstan.
All this created the prerequisites for the creation in Russia of a new machine gun. He had to meet modern needs and fully produced in Russia. For the development took Kovrov gunsmiths.
Initially it was only planned to upgrade the design of the “Cliff”, however, after careful study it became clear that it was easier to make a new weapon. After a long and painstaking work, in 1997 saw the light of a large-caliber machine gun “Kord”. Its name is an abbreviation of “Kovrov gunsmiths of Degtyarev”. The design was so successful that after a year this weapon was put into service.
During the development, various constructive innovations and inventions were used, but the main secret that allows us to call this machine gun a sniper is the barrel of the weapon, or rather, the method of its processing. The bottom line is that when firing, the barrel heats up and deformation occurs. Due to the fact that it is heated unevenly, a curvature occurs, or, as gunsmiths call it, “slack”. The designer came up with such a scheme in which the temperature along the trunk is distributed evenly, which is why there is no sagging.
One of the main features of the Russian “trunks” is reliability. In “Korda” she brought to perfection. When this weapon was presented at the arms exhibition in the UAE, various foreign models of weapons were displayed at the same time with it, including already mentioned “cliff” and “Browning”. And, admittedly, Kord beat all competitors.
He was not only the most accurate, but also the most tenacious. Before the delay in shooting, he allowed to release a queue of 300 shots, while his closest rivals barely reached 150. In addition, the machine gun continued to work even in a sandstorm, which one day fell on the exhibition.
This weapon is in many ways universal. “Cord” can be charged both on the right and on the left. It is put on tanks as a turret anti-aircraft machine gun, used in infantry mounted on the machine, but with all this, you can shoot from it directly from the bipod. The recoil of the machine gun is so relaxed that some fighters managed to fire it from their hands.
But this versatility concerns not only design features, but also the scope of application. With an armor-piercing patron during a battle, “Kord” can be used against enemy fortifications, light-armored vehicles and even low-flying aircraft. And all this at a distance of 1.5-2 kilometers. And what happens to a person when such an ammunition hits, it is impossible to say.

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