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PN
Nikitin-Sokolov PN1
Country of origin

Soviet Russia

Manufacturer(s)

ZiD

Designer(s)

Grigory Nikitin
Yuri Sokolov

Year(s) designed

1955

Production began

1958

Weapon type

General purpose machine gun

Caliber

7.62×54mmR

Action

Gas-operated, rotating bolt

Magazine/Cylinder capacity

Belt


The Nikitin-Sokolov PN1, also known as the TKB-521, is a prototype general purpose machine gun.

HistoryEdit

The PN1 was designed by two designers, Grigory Nikitin and Yuri Sokolov and passed field tests in 1958. It was to be the standard-issue general purpose machine gun for the Soviet military. All was going well for the PN1 until a group of designers from IZMEKH and submitted their machine gun design; the IZMEKH design won out as it was said that it was cheaper and more reliable than the Nikitin-Sokolov design, and the PN1 faded into history. Nikitin, Sokolov and V. I. Volkov would later work together to produce the very successful NSV machine gun.

Design DetailsEdit

The PN1 is gas-operated with a rotating bolt. The weapon feeds from the right, as with most Russian machine guns of the time.

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