Just heading out for a little Dshk Gun or two

Near Con Thien, RVN, 3rd Recon Marines tote back some captured antiaircraft guns, namely dismounted Soviet DShK 1938 heavy machine guns, in 1969:

“Antiaircraft Guns: Three Marines of 3d Reconnaissance Battalion carry captured North Vietnamese Army 12.7mm antiaircraft guns. Front to the rear is Private First Class Albert O. Covington (Hamlet, North Carolina), Corporal Lester L. Reardon (East Greenwich, Rhode Island), and Lance Corporal James B. Taylor (Miami, Florida). The three were members of a small reconnaissance force that uncovered a large enemy munitions cache (official USMC photo by Corporal Bob Partain).”

“Enemy Weapons: Two Marines of the 3d Reconnaissance Battalion carry captured North Vietnamese Army antiaircraft guns. Left to right are Corporals Mike Schatz (Tonkawa, Oklahoma), Robert I. Scheid (Hartford, Connecticut), and Ken B. Williams. The 12.7mm antiaircraft guns were part of a large enemy munitions cache uncovered near Con Thien (official USMC photo by Corporal Bob Partain).”

For reference, Dushka weighs 75-pounds without any ammo or mounts, so PVT. Covington, who is humping that hefty girl solo in the top picture while still carrying bandoliers and field gear, is truly a man amongst men.

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