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From the history of the machine gun Degtyarev RPD-44


After the appearance in the 1943 year in the arsenal of the Red Army of the first intermediate cartridge with a caliber of 7,62x39 millimeters, our country began to actively develop new types weapons for this caliber.

As a result, among several new models of small arms was an experienced Degtyarev light machine gun (RPD). It was this weapon that became the first in its class to work with a new intermediate cartridge.

The mass production of Degtyarev light machine gun was established in the last months of the Second World War. In the post-war period, this machine gun was in service with the Red Army on a par with the AK-47 and SKS-45. The RPD-44 machine gun was delivered to the countries of Eastern Europe, Asia and Africa. Today, about 40 countries use this Soviet machine gun and its Chinese versions.

Why, in the opinion of historian Andrei Ulanov, is this machine gun, on the one hand, mythologized, overrated, and on the other hand underestimated? What problems arose during the machine gun testing phase? What is the reason for the popularity of the RPM-44? Watch the video prepared by Tactic Media - on the development of Soviet small arms after the Great Patriotic War.

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  1. GKS 2111
    GKS 2111 19 November 2019 20: 58 New
    In February 1927, the plant received an order for an experimental batch of 100 pieces. In the summer of that year, new comparative tests of three systems at once took place: Degtyarev, Dreyze and Maxim-Tokarev. The result of this competition was a triumph for Vasily Alekseevich: his system was approved and adopted by the Red Army under the name DP (Degtyareva Infantry).
  2. Catfish
    Catfish 19 November 2019 21: 17 New
    Interesting video, thanks. Well, it seems that you know everything about this weapon, but it turns out that you can learn even more. Especially “touched” by our American “partners” with a shotgun RPD in the jungle of Vietnam. good
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  4. 20 November 2019 00: 02 New
    A handsome little devil!
    It is compact in comparison with DP and looks much more serious.
    And to shoot from it is a pleasure.
    I’ve tried it as a kid, my father in the unit had only SCS and a couple of RPDs.
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      YOUR 20 November 2019 05: 13 New
      We had a RPD. The impression is positive, except for weight. It weighs as much as RMB. If you compare with AKM, the cartridge is the same, then machine gun shooting is not an example more comfortable and penetration is higher. They shot at the remains of the trench stove, this is the official name of such a stove, and they put it in the kungs earlier. Round, cast-iron construction. The wall thickness is about one cm. A bullet fired from the AKM from a distance of 100 m pierced only the first wall, in the second there was a mark in some cases of cracks from the impact. Inspected after firing, at the first wall lie the shell of a bullet, twisted in a ring, inside a steel core. Released from the RPD pierced both walls through. And all, without exception, wherever they hit, nor any rebounds. Unlike those released from AKM.
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    SASHA OLD 19 December 2019 22: 10 New
    TacticMedia is a great channel, has been subscribed to it for a long time, I like to watch Andrey Ulanov