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RPK 7.62 mm Light Machine Gun

Ruchnoj Puleymot Kalashnikova, Russian name of a Soviet 7.62mm light machine gun

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Specifications
aa.Weapon7.62-mm Light Machine Gun, RPK
abDescriptionThe RPK (Ruchnoy Pulemyot Kalashnikova) is a 7.62x39mm light machine gun of Soviet design, developed by Mikhail Kalashnikov in the early 1960s, parallel with the AKM assault rifle. It was created to replacee the 7.62x39mm RPD light machine gun in the Red Army. The RPK continues to be used by the armed forces of countries of the former Soviet Union and certain African and Asian nations.
ac.TypeLight machine gun
ad.Calibre7.62x39mm
ae.Overall Length1,040 mm (40.9 in) (stock extended) (RPK, RPKS); 820 mm (32.3 in) (stock folded) (RPKS)
af.Overall Width 
ag.OverallHeight 
ah.Crew2
ai.Country of OriginSoviet Union
aj.Ammunition7.62x39mm M43
ak.Effective Range (HE)100-1,000 m sight adjustments
al.Muzzle Velocity (HE)745 m/s (2,444 ft/s)
ba.Feed Mechanism20-, 30-, 40-round curved magazine; 75-round drum magazine
bbTraverse 
bc.Elevation 
bd.Rate of Fire600 RPM
be.SightsIron sights: semi-shrouded front post and rear sliding tangent with an adjustable notch; Sight radius: 555 mm (21.9 in)
bf.Muzzle Energy 
bg.Barrel Length590 mm (23.2 in)
bh.Weight of Barrel 
bi.Rifling4 grooves, rh
bj.OperationGas operated, rotating bolt; closed bolt
bk.Recoil 
bl.Firing Support Base 
bm.Breech 
cj.DesignerMikhail Kalashnikov
ckDesigned1960
cl.ManufacturerVyatskiye Polyany Machine-Building Plant
cm.Produced1961-1978
cn.VariantsRPK: the standard light machine gun/squad automatic model; RPKS: a variant of the RPK with a side-folding wooden stock was intended primarily for the air assault infantry.
co.In Service1974-present
cp.ProliferationWidespread
 
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