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LAD machine gun

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LAD machine gun (first prototype) - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
LAD machine gun (second prototype) - 7.62x25mm Tokarev

The LAD machine gun (named after its designers, Vasily Lyuty, Nikolai Afanasyev, and Vladimir Daykin) is a World War II-era Soviet prototype belt-fed submachine gun chambered in 7.62x25mm Tokarev. Development of this weapon began at the GAU KA (Main Artillery Directorate of the Red Army) in 1942, in order to hopefully solve deficiencies identified with current-issue Soviet machine guns. The designers, based on examination of field reports of machine gun usage during the ongoing war, concluded that the majority of combat actions happened at relatively close range (no more than 400 meters), and decided that a pistol cartridge fired at a high velocity would be sufficient for combat at these distances. The LAD proved to be extraordinary light for a machine gun (especially by the standards of the day) and compact, making it highly maneuverable. It is composed mostly of stamped metal, which would have made the LAD cheap and easy to mass produce in large quantities if it had gone into serial production.

Testing in August 1943 showed the LAD performed very well, retaining good accuracy even when firing on the move during a simulated assault action. Despite its promising performance, the GAU KA decided to abandon the design, instead becoming interested in intermediate cartridge weapons. These would end up being the equally ill-fated AS-44 assault rifle, and the much more successful RPD-44 light machine gun.

Note: While "LAD machine gun" is the weapon's official name (пулемет ЛАД, pulemyot LAD), and it was classified and used as a machine gun by the Soviet Union, the weapon is classified by IMFDB as a belt-fed submachine gun as it is chambered in a pistol cartridge.


(Production: 1942 – 1943)

  • Type: Submachine Gun
  • Country of Origin: Soviet Union
  • Caliber: 7.62mm
  • Cartridge: 7.62x25mm Tokarev
  • Weight: 12.3 lbs (5.6 kg)
  • Length: 38.2 in (97 cm)
  • Barrel length: ??
  • Capacity: belt-fed
  • Rate of fire 600 rpm

The LAD and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:

Video Games

Title Appears as Mods Notes Date
Battlefield V Added in November 2020. Second prototype. 2018
Call of Duty: WWII Added in June 4th 2019 update. Second prototype. 2019
Enlisted Second prototype 2021

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