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Soviet RPD 7.62mm Machine Gun

  • The Vietnam War
  • 1 min

By Crusader1307

Developed for The Soviet Army in the early 1960s, The Ruchnoy Pulemyot Degtyaryova (RPD) was a 7.62mm Cartridge, full automatic, hand-held (shoulder fired) – Machine Gun.It was an early version of the later Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW) Classification of Military Firearms developed by many National Armies. Designed in 1944, early versions were used late in World War II. Retrofitted Models would be mass produced and exported to many Warsaw Bloc Nations and ideological sympathizers with The Soviet Union. The first Conflict The RPD saw after WWII, was The Vietnam War (1965-1975). as many as 40,000 Models may have been shipped for use by The NVA and VC Forces against The US Military.

 

A robust weapon, The RPD was heavy at 16-pounds. The overall length was 41-inches (half of which was barrel). A variable sighting system, The RPD chambered the 7.62mm Jacketed Round. It had a maximum effective range of 1,100-meters (but was best at 750-meters). The RPD supported a Drum Cartridge which carried 700 rounds. The cyclic rate of fire was rated at 650-rounds per minute. The RPD is still produced and used (although there have been 3 modification Version since 1965).