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RPD 7.62 mm Light Machine Gun

Ruchnoj Pulemyot Degtyaryova, Russian name of a Soviet 7.62mm machine gun

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Specifications
aa.Weapon7.62-mm Light Machine Gun, RPD
abDescriptionThe RPD is a 7.62mm light machine gun developed in the Soviet Union by Vasily Degtyaryov for the 7.62x39mm M43 intermediate cartridge. It was created as a replacement for the DP machine gun chambered for the 7.62x54mmR round. It is a precursor of most squad automatic weapons. It was succeeded in Soviet service by the RPK.
ac.TypeLight machine gun
ad.Calibre7.62 x 39mm M1943 (.308in)
ae.Overall Length1,037 mm (40.8 in)
af.Overall Width 
ag.OverallHeight 
ah.Crew2
ai.Country of OriginSoviet Union
aj.Ammunition7.62x39mm
ak.Effective Range (HE)100-1,000 m sight adjustments
al.Muzzle Velocity (HE)735 m/s (2,411 ft/s)
ba.Feed MechanismNon-disintegrating 100-round segmented belt stored in a drum container
bbTraverse 
bc.Elevation 
bd.Rate of Fire650-750 rounds/min
be.SightsOpen-type sights with rear sliding notch and semi-hooded front post, 596.6 mm (23.5 in) sight radius
bf.Muzzle Energy 
bg.Barrel Length520 mm (20.5 in)
bh.Weight of Barrel 
bi.Rifling4 grooves, rh
bj.OperationGas operated long stroke piston, flapper locking and fires from the open bolt
bk.Recoil 
bl.Firing Support Base 
bm.Breech 
cj.DesignerVasily Degtyaryov
ckDesigned1943-44
cl.Manufacturer 
cm.Produced1944-1960
cn.VariantsRPDM, Type 56, Type 56-1, Type 62
co.In Service1944-present
cp.ProliferationWidespread
 
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