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« The RPD is a 7.62x39mm belt-fed machine gun developed in the Soviet Union as a replacement for the 7.62x54mmR DP-27 machine gun. The weapon is fed by drum magazines containing 100-round belts, and has a bipod for stability. It can be found mounted on vehicles, boats and tripods. US MACV SOG teams made field modifications to captured weapons by sawing off the barrel to cut its weight and encumbrance, and packed in an extra 25 rounds in the drum.
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RPD 7.62 mm
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Faction Icon-side-blufor.png MACV-SOG
Icon-side-redfor.png PAVN
Icon-side-redfor.png Viet Cong
Type Light Machine Gun / SAW
Calibre 7.62×39 mm
Magazine
capacity
100 / 125
Dispersion 0.002 rad
Mass 220
Variants El Cid, Shorty, RPD (High)
Games
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The RPD 7.62 mm light machine gun.

The RPD is a 7.62 mm light machine gun used by several BLUFOR and REDFOR factions in ArmA 3. It was added with the release of the S.O.G. Prairie Fire Creator DLC.

Overview

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The RPD is a belt fed, gas operated light machine gun that uses a long stroke gas piston. It is chambered to fire the 7.62×39 mm round.

It can load from either 100- or 125-round drums. RPDs are able to attain fire rates of up to ~ 857 rounds per minute with a muzzle velocity of 860 m/s.

RPDs have integral bipods but do not possess the ability to mount optical scopes, bayonets nor sound suppressors. However, their ironsights can be adjusted starting at a zeroing of 100 metres up to a maximum of 1,000 metres (adjustments are made in increments of 100 metres).

Variants

RPD Shorty (El Cid)

RPD Shorty (El Cid) 7.62 mm
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Faction Icon-side-blufor.png MACV-SOG
Type Light Machine Gun / SAW
Calibre 7.62×39 mm
Magazine
capacity
100 / 125
Dispersion 0.003 rad
Mass 180
Variants RPD, Shorty, RPD (High)
Games
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The RPD Shorty (El Cid) 7.62 mm light machine gun.

This variant is a customised model carried exclusively by El Cid of MACV-SOG.

Unlike the baseline RPD, it has a sawn-off barrel, sight and bipod. It is slightly less punishing on the user's stamina thanks to the shaving of 40 "mass" from the weapon itself.

However, recoil and inertial penalties remain unaltered from the baseline RPD. The shorter barrel also significantly reduces its accuracy by up to 40%. Furthermore, the lack of ironsights forces the RPD to use a fixed zeroing of 100 metres which cannot be adjusted.

RPD Shorty

RPD Shorty 7.62 mm
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Faction Icon-side-blufor.png MACV-SOG
Type Light Machine Gun / SAW
Calibre 7.62×39 mm
Magazine
capacity
100 / 125
Dispersion 0.003 rad
Mass 180
Variants RPD, El Cid, RPD (High)
Games
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The RPD Shorty 7.62 mm light machine gun.

The Shorty variant is statistically and functionally identical to El Cid's personalised RPD.

As such, it lacks the ability to zero beyond 100 metres and no longer has an integral bipod. Likewise, its accuracy is sharply reduced compared to the parent RPD though unlike the El Cid variant, the ironsight remains intact and can still be used to aim with.

RPD (High)

RPD (High)
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Faction Icon-side-redfor.png PAVN
Icon-side-redfor.png Viet Cong
Type Static Light Machine Gun
Calibre 7.62×39 mm
Magazine
capacity
100
Dispersion 0.003 rad
Mass 56.2 (Weapon)
180 (Tripod)
Variants RPD, El Cid, Shorty
Games
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The RPD (High) is a static defence version of the RPD.

It is mounted onto a raised tripod and is statistically identical to handheld RPDs. Static RPDs are always pre-loaded with a single 100-round drum but have access to a further ten spare drums, providing a total ammunition count of 1,100 rounds.

The tripod can be swivelled in all directions horizontally but is limited to a vertical elevation/depression limit of 30 degrees.

Disassembling the turret will separate it into two components: the weapon bag itself, and the tripod. Static RPDs cannot be assembled from handheld RPDs as the two are mutually exclusive platforms.

Ammunition

Base damage value Aerodynamic friction Initial velocity (m/s) Penetration depth (mm)
10.17 -0.0016 745 13.41

Handheld RPDs can load from two types of drum magazines while static RPDs are limited to just one:

100Rnd. RPD Belt

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Standard 100-round belt drum loaded with 7.62 mm ball ammunition. Weighs a "mass" of 34.

Every fourth round fired will be a visible tracer round. Only the last five rounds of the belt will consistently comprise of tracers.

125Rnd. RPD Belt

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Extended capacity 125-round magazine used exclusively by MACV-SOG operators. It weighs a total of 44 "mass" units.

Unlike conventional 100-round drums, this "magazine" specifically uses a mix of one visible tracer for every two rounds fired.

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See also

Weapons of comparable role and configuration

Weapons of S.O.G. Prairie Fire
Handguns .38 RevolverHD .22HP 9 mmM712 7.62 mmM1895 7.62 mmM1911 .45Mk1 UDG 2.54 mmMk22 Mod 0 9 mmModel 10 .38PM 9 mmTT-33 7.62 mmWelrod 7.65 mm
Submachine guns M/45 9 mmM1A1 Tommy Gun .45 (Shorty, M1928, M1928A1) • M3A1 Grease Gun .45MAT-49 9 mm (VC) • MC-10 9 mmMP40 9 mmMPU 9 mmPPS-43 7.62 mm (PPS-52) • PPSh-41 7.62 mm (K-50M) • Sten Mk.II 9 mmVZ.61 7.65 mm
Shotguns ISh-54 (Sawn-off, Sidearm) • M1897
Carbines M1 Carbine 7.62 mm (M1 Rifle Grenade, M2, M2 Rifle Grenade, M3) • SKS 7.62 mm (GL) • XM177 5.56 mm (Foregrip, Stock, Short, XM148)
Assault rifles M16 5.56 mm (XM148) • M38 7.62 mmM49/56 7.5 mm (Rifle Grenade) • M63A 5.56 mmType 56 7.62 mm
Squad automatic weapons DP-27 7.62 mmM63A LMG 5.56 mm (Commando) • RPD 7.62 mm (El Cid, Shorty)
Machine guns M60 7.62 mm (Shorty) • PK 7.62 mm
Designated marksman rifles M14 7.62 mmM1891 7.62 mm
Sniper rifles M91/30 7.62 mmM40A1 7.62 mmXM21 7.62 mm
Grenade launchers M79 (Sawn-off)
Launchers 9K32 Strela-2 (M) • B40B41M127 Flare LauncherM72 LAW
Static 9P111 MalyutkaBGM-71 TOWD44DP-27DShKML/60 Mk3L/70 Mk2M2M2HBM29M45 QuadmountM60M101M1919A4 (M1919A6) • PKRPDSpiderholeType 53Type 56 Recoilless RifleType 63V-11M Twin AA GunZPU-4
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