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troung
18 Jul 04,, 00:30
RDP vs. RPK

Two 7.62mm light machine guns/squad automatic weapons both made by the Russians during the Cold War. Both are widely exported and in service all around the world. The RPK replaced the RPD in service due to is commonality with the AK-47 family. The RPD uses a 100 round drum normally but some people used a canvas bag with 125 rounds and the RPK uses a 40 round magazine or a 75 round drum. Neither can change the barrels making neither terribly suited for sustaining fire. The RPD can sustain about 100 rounds a minute.

Which one do members think is the better LMG/SAW? I'm leaving off the RPK-74...

Fury
18 Jul 04,, 01:30
Some say that by replacing RPD with RPK the soviet army took a huge step but it was backwards :biggrin:
I dont know much about RPD but it has something to do with Degtrayev light machine gun right?. about RPK then, I think a SAW should be belt feed like M249 alhtough I dont know if M249 has a quick removable barrel but anyway.

Fury
18 Jul 04,, 06:28
About that guy with rockets in lower picture, he's really nice target for snipers :biggrin: No seriosly, if a bullet hits one of those rockets would that dude go like BOOM!

s_qwert63
18 Jul 04,, 16:53
About that guy with rockets in lower picture, he's really nice target for snipers :biggrin: No seriosly, if a bullet hits one of those rockets would that dude go like BOOM!


Not necessarily.

Bill
19 Jul 04,, 02:53
No, the HE content would likely not detonate, nor would the rocket motor ignite probably, even if hit with a tracer(which actually suck for starting fires).

RPD was a good weapon. Don't think i ever shot an RPK.

troung
19 Jul 04,, 04:04
I was leaning the RPD.

It always looked to be as more a “real” machine gun compared the RPK, which looked more just a long barreled AK-47 similar to the SA-80 and LSW.

Plus other then over heating barrels if firing more then 100 rounds a minute (the RPK has no barrel change either) I have not heard anything really wrong with the RPD that warranted a replacement in the first place.

s_qwert63
19 Jul 04,, 14:03
Plus other then over heating barrels if firing more then 100 rounds a minute (the RPK has no barrel change either) I have not heard anything really wrong with the RPD that warranted a replacement in the first place.

Mainly because the Ministry of Defence wanted to standarnize most equipment to go with the AK series.

Sinfulcurves_AK
04 Aug 04,, 02:28
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v292/chrissyak105/RPK-74M.jpg

I really like the current 74M, gorgeous...

Fury
08 Aug 04,, 16:35
I think the RPK falls somewhere between assault rifle and machinegun, its quite light for a SAW but heavy for an assault rifle. I would choose RPD over RPK anyday, the RPK is not good enough for its intended mission and how about RPD rechambered to 5.45mm or 5.56mm.

Sinfulcurves_AK
08 Aug 04,, 22:49
That's why there's a PKM...Isn't that more powerful?

Fury
08 Aug 04,, 22:57
That's why there's a PKM...Isn't that more powerful?
Yep, that's true, PKM beats both of those weapons 10-0 and if anyone knows about it its me :rolleyes: but still I don't get the idea of RPK, why do russians use it when PK is much more powerful in terms of sustained fire and effective range, PK is no doubt a clumsy and heavy weapon and can only be fired from bibod and quickly opening fire isn't possible atleast not officially, you can always shoot in rambo style unofficially but don't expect to hit anything specific.

Sinfulcurves_AK
08 Aug 04,, 23:36
Uhmm -- I don't see many russians using the RPK, if they do, it's just for showing off/posing style. In most of the russian pics I've seen in recent conflicts, they're packing PKM's.