That was the SAW of its era, I guess. Lots of suppressing fire in a compact package.
@850champion I believe you are absolutely correct about the RPD. The RPD was the percursor to the modern day M249 Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW). Just like the SAW is used today the Chopped RPD provided MACV SOG Recon Teams with the high rate of fire of a machine gun combined with the accuracy and portability of a rifle.Well Kyle I see thats another rpd on the point man.
Developed in the Soviet Union by Vasily Degtyaryov in 1944 (but never used in WWII) the RPD was designed as a supressing fire machine gun. As a belt fed bipod based machine gun it was designed to be fired in short bursts while in a prone position and used to keep an enemy pinned down while other assault rifle troops flanked the enemy position.
Chopped Down the shortened and more compact RPD was not as accurate but served its purpose very well on MACV SOG Recon Patrols as a general purpose light machine gun that could be fired from the hip. Light weight the RPD carried a 100 round drum. Later MACV SOG Recon Teams increased the Drum size to where it could hold 125 rounds.
Usually the RPD was in the front of a Recon Team in the hands of the Point Man to be used in close combat or in case of an enemy ambush. When engaging the Enemy the Point Man could rapidly lay down solid bursts with no need to change magazines.
The RPD did have limitations. The ammunition is just linked belts rolled and inserted into a Metal drum and when carried the ammo rattled around in the drum. Very Noisy. Recon Teams lined the interior of the drum with linoleum cut from flooring reducing the rattling noise while on Patrol. Also when firing the Chopped RPD the shortened barrel became incredibly hot making the gun difficult to handle after sustained firing. Changing drums and loading belts was also time consuming.
Russian RPD captured during the Vietnam War from the Australian War Memorial
The M60 weighed 23 lbs (10.4 kg). The Chopped Down RPD weighed 12 lbs (5.4 kg).Did the m60 really suck ?