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Rambo cocks the DShK.

The DShK heavy machine gun is a 12.7mm anti-aircraft machine gun.

The official machine gun of the Russian army, it is prominantly featured in use by the Soviets in Rambo III, although fake DShKs were used in Rambo: First Blood Part II as a stand in. In the Rambo films, whenever Soviets are seen, real or not, DShKs will no doubt be featured.

Rambo: First Blood Part IIEdit

The DShK is seen briefly in the second film a few times. It is mounted on the Soviet helicopters. However, these are not real DShKs. They are actually mocked-up M60s, noted by their body style and fake sights.

Rambo IIIEdit

The DShKs used in the film are authentic Soviet DShKs with correct non-disintegrating ammunition belts, unlike most American films of the time, which used mocked-up M2HBs or M60s. The scenes featuring the DShKs were filmed in Israel, using real Soviet weaponry. The DShK is first seen during the escape of the Soviet camp when Soviet guards that man the machine guns are seen firing them at Rambo and the Mujhadeen. Rambo later uses an unmanned DShK to take down a Soviet helicopter. He commandeers the Mujhaideen DShK and fires it at the helicopter and it instantly explodes, rather than spinning out of control and crashing. One notable instance features Rambo discovering a Soviet guard that is sitting several feet away from the machine gun he is supposed to be manning.The guard hears Rambo coming and runs to the DShK. Instead of grabbing the nearby AKMS, he instead attempts to rotate the gigantic, seventy-five pound machine gun to kill Rambo, which leads to his demise.


  • Rambo: First Blood Part II (not authentic)
  • Rambo III