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DP 7.62 mm Light Machine Gun

A light machine gun firing the 7.62x54mmR cartridge that was primarily used by the Soviet Union from 1928 yntil the 1960s.

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Specifications
aa.Weapon7.62-mm Light Machine Gun, DP
abDescriptionThe Degtyaryov machine gun or DP-27 is a light machine gun firing the 7.62x54mmR cartridge that was primarily used by the Soviet Union from 1928. It became the standard Soviet infantry light machine gun (LMG) during WWII, and was supplemented in the 1950s by the more modern RPD machine gun; and entirely replaced in Soviet service by the general purpose PK machine gun in the 1960s.
ac.TypeLight machine gun
ad.Calibre7.62 mm
ae.Overall LengthDP, DPM - 1,270 mm (50.0 in); RP-46 - 1,272 mm (50.1 in)
af.Overall Width 
ag.OverallHeight 
ah.Crew2
ai.Country of OriginSoviet Union
aj.Ammunition7.62x54mmR
ak.Effective Range (HE)800 m (874.9 yd)
al.Muzzle Velocity (HE)840 m/s (2,755 ft/s)
ba.Feed Mechanism47-round pan; 63-round pan (DT & DTM); belt feed (RP-46); 30-round overhead box magazine (PD-36 and DTM-4)
bbTraverse 
bc.Elevation 
bd.Rate of Fire550 rpm
be.SightsAdjustable iron sights, front post and rear notch on a scaled tangent
bf.Muzzle Energy 
bg.Barrel LengthDP, DPM - 604 mm (23.8 in); RP-46 - 605 mm (23.8 in)
bh.Weight of Barrel 
bi.Rifling4 grooves, rh
bj.OperationGas-Operated, flapper locking
bk.Recoil 
bl.Firing Support Base 
bm.Breech 
cj.DesignerVasily Degtyaryov
ckDesigned1928
cl.Manufacturer 
cm.Produced1928-1950s (USSR); No. built: 795,000
cn.VariantsDP; DPT; DPM; DPA; DTM-4; RP-46; Type 53
co.In Service1928-1960s (USSR)
cp.ProliferationWidespread
 
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