Via this article: https://www.thedrive.com/the-w...achine-gun-in-combat
Ukraine is using PM M1910 machine gun. Pre-Soviet, licensed Russian Maxim guns. Produced as late as 1945, used against us in Korea and Vietnam. And in a hell of a lot of wars.
This one in some fixed position in Luhansk, on an original mount with the carriage removed, which I believe is the right way to do it, more or less. Big binoculars also.
Not even festooned with rails. Running it fully old school.
Not a one-off from a non-state actor that dug it up buried in a backyard, or stole it from a museum. Ukrainian Army, apparently supported. For years now. A different one, also in fixed position, in 2016.
With a gun shield no less. I think I'd prefer if someone hacked out some applique armor and a spall liner, but some armor is better than nothing.
And... there's nothing wrong with any of it to me. Maintained properly, it should run forever. Water cooled, your burst limit is how fast the A-gunner can link up the next belt.
These of course work partly because the Russians / Soviets / Russians never changed calibers. Current 7.62x54R MG ammo works just fine in it.
Interesting to think of regarding a mid-term future possible CTA gun, or the .338 discussions when there's a 136 year old design still doing good service.