This is a legacy article; its contents no longer apply to the current iteration of the Frencoverse.
The Gryazev-Shipunov GSh-3-14.5, more commonly known as the GShGm, is a heavy chaingun used by the Mecharussian Armed Forces, specifically by heavy assault troopers. Chambered in 14.5x80mm depleted-uranium rounds, it is easily one of the most powerful (if not the most powerful) ballistic machine guns ever created for infantry use, carving a bloody path through almost anything stupid or unlucky enough to end up in its sights - troops and lightly-armoured vehicles chief among them. It is likely this trait that has spared the weapon retirement in spite of having been in Mecharussian service since 2121: the only other weapons that are capable of exerting anything even close to the GShGm's colossal firepower are the 6V48 Uragan heavy Gatling laser and TBP heavy plasma repeater, the former being too large for conventional infantry use and the latter only entering mass production thirty years after its ballistic counterpart.
The high-calibre round churned out of the GShGm at two thousand per minute and the electric motor give it a distinct firing sound that is compared by most to a nuclear-powered sewing machine. It also gives the weapon a lot of recoil, even with an electromagnetic recoil dampener, necessitating great strength to prevent the weapon system from spraying bullets almost literally everywhere. A running joke in the Red Army holds that the BTR-P landing-craft used by Mecharussian Space Marines use GShGms with the electromagnets removed as a super-efficient propulsion system.
Notable uses and users
- Peshmerga commander Captain Azad wields a GShGm in To Struggle in the Way of Allah.
- The Chthonian Persey's pet spider-drone has a GShGm fixed to it after the Second Russo-European War.
- Alfa Group machinegunner Boris Mikhailov carries a GShGm, operating it with the assistance of a pair of crane-limbs.
- Sidh archistrategos Arcadius Drax uses a GShGm to help fight off attacking SFR-VP troops in A Blood Debt.