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Kalashnikov RPK



Overview


RPK

RPK light machine gun with 75 round drum magazine.
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Origin
Soviet Union
Type
Light machine gun
Entered service
1961
Status
In service
Development
Late 1950's
Developer
Soviet Union
Mikhail Kalashnikov
Production
1961 - 1978 (Soviet production)
Producer
Soviet Union - VPMZ
Designations
RPK / Ruchnoy Pulemyot Kalashnikova
Russian for "Kalashnikov light machinegun"
RPKS / Ruchnoy Pulemyot Kalashnikova Skladnoy
Russian for "Kalashnikov folding stock light machinegun"
6P2 (GRAU index for RPK)
6P8 (GRAU index for RPKS)
Notable users
Soviet Union

Variants


RPK

Baseline model with fixed wooden stock. The RPKN is a variant with a mount on the left side of the receiver in order to attach night vision devices.

RPKS

Variant with folding stock. Intended for paratroopers. RPKSN is a variant with the ability to mount night vision devices.

Details


Facts RPK RPKS
General
Origin
Soviet Union
Type
Light machine gun
Caliber
Caliber
7.62x39mm Soviet
Feed system
30 or 40 round detachable box
75 round drum magazine
Barrel length
591 mm
Rifling
4 grooves, right hand twist
Muzzle velocity
745 m/s
Operation
Action
Gas operated, long stroke gas piston
Locking
Rotating bolt
Fire selector
0 - 1 - F
Rate of fire
600 rpm
Dimensions
Stock type
Fixed
Length
1.04 m
Weight
4.8 kg empty
Sights
Mechanical
Post front, adjustable notch rear
Sight radius
555 mm
Range adjustment
100 to 1.000 meters, 100 m increments
Accessories
Bipod
Fixed folding bipod

Media


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