RPD 7.62 x 39mm light machine gun

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Overview

The RPD (Ruchnoy Pulemyot Degtyaryova – hand held machine gun of Degtyaryov) is a 7.62 x 39mm light machine gun fitted with a bipod . Design work commenced in 1943 in the Soviet Union by Vasily Degtyaryov and the RPD was accepted into service the following year as the RPD Model 1944.

It was created as a replacement for the DP machine gun and it was the precursor of most squad automatic weapons. Whilst it was ready for mass production during the final stages of World War II, large scale delivery did not begin until 1953.

During the Vietnam War, the RPD served the Vietcong as their standard general purpose machine gun.

After the introduction of the Kalshnikov-pattern support weapons such as the RPK and PK machine guns in the 1960s, the RPD was withdrawn from most front line units of the former Warsaw Pact.

The gun fires metal linked belts of cartridges, up to 100 rounds can be carried in the drum magazine that attaches below the receiver.

Helpful Info

 Regarding dates and period correctness, this item is appropriate for Soviet forces and member states of the Warsaw Pact from very late in World War II until superceded in the late 1960‘s. However the RPD remains in active service in many African and Asian nations.

Foxtrot example shown is an RPD LMG, chambered in 7.62 x 39mm, it has a folding bipod, wooden furniture and the metal parts are in a blued finish.