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KvKK-62

General Facts

  • TYPE
    Machine gun

  • ORIGIN
    Finland

  • NICKNAMES
    -

  • DESIGNED
    1957 - 1960

  • DESIGNER
    Valmet

  • PRODUCTION
    1966 - ?

  • PRODUCERS
    Finland - Valmet

  • QUANTITY
    Unknown

  • UNIT COST
    Unknown

  • CHARACTERISTICS
    Limited recoil
    High rate of fire
    Average range
    Heavy
    No quick change barrel

Introduction

The KvKK-62 is a machine gun of Finnish origin. Development started in 1957 with pre-production starting in the early 1960's. The KvKK-62 was accepted for service in 1962 and entered service in 1966. KvKK stand for Kevyt KoneKivaari, Finnish for light machine gun. The number 62 stands for the year of introduction.

Design

The KvKK-62 is based on the Czech ZB 26 machinegun, but it bears little superficial resemblance. It features the tilting block locking mechanism. The KvKK-62 does not feature a quick change barrel. The decision was made to keep the weapon light and a quick change barrel would add too much weight. The KvKK-62 uses a non-disintegrating link belt and uses an unusual right hand feed. The KvKK-62 is credited with minimal ergonomics. The pistol grip is a simple tube, there is no trigger guard to suit firing with gloves and the stock is round and it does not set well against the shoulder.

Firepower

The KvKK-62 uses the Russian 7.62x39mm round, which is also used by the Finnish standard service rifle: the Valmet RK 62. It uses 100 round belts in cloth bags that are attached to the weapon. The KvKK-62 is fully automatic only and fires at a very high cyclic rate of fire of 1.100 rpm. The effective range is claimed to be 400 meters.

Users

The KvKK-62 was supplied to Finland and Qatar and are no longer in service. In Finnish service it was first relegated to reserve use and has recently been replaced by the PKM.

Variants

KvKK-62

The KvKK-62 is a light machine gun that fires the 7.62x39mm round. Unlike other Valmet weapons it has been produced in only one caliber. There are no variants of the original model.

TypeMachine gun
Caliber7.62x39mm Soviet
MagazineBelt fed, 100 rouds
OperationGas operated, tilting block locking
Fire selector0-F
Rate of fire1.000 - 1.100 rpm
Barrel length470 mm
Rifling4 grooves, right hand twist
Muzzle velocity730 m/s
StockFixed
Length1.085 mm
Width?
Height?
Weight8.3 kg empty
SightsIron sights, 100 - 600 m gradation with 100 m increments
RemarksFixed foldable bipod

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