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RPD
RPD
Country of origin

Soviet Union

Designer(s)

Vasily Degtyaryov

Year(s) designed

1943-1944

Production began

1944

Production ended

1960s

Weapon type

Light Machine Gun

Caliber

7.62x39mm

Action

Gas Operated

Overall length

40.8in

Barrel length

520 mm

Weight

16.31lb

Weight empty

7.4 kg

Magazine/Cylinder capacity

non-disintegrating 100-round segmented belt stored in a drum

Cyclic rate

650-750 rpm

Maximum effective range

100-1,000 m


The RPD (or Ruchnoy Pulemyot Degtyaryova) is a 7.62mm light machine gun developed in the Soviet Union by Vasily Degtyaryov for the intermediate 7.62x39mm cartridge. It was created as a replacement for the DP machine gun chambered for the 7.62x54mmR rifle round. It is a precursor of most SAWs. The RPD had first started development in the final stages of World War II. The RPD was designed to use the new 7.62x39mm round which had been originally designed for the SKS. The RPD would replace the DP and its variant the DPM as a squad machine gun. It would stay in use until the unveiling of the RPK, a AK style light machine gun. Although the RPD has fallen out of use in the in the former USSR and its satellite nations, it can still be seen in the hands of irregular forces throughout the world.

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