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For the newer variant in Battlefield 4, see RPK-12.
Machine Gun RPK

A RPK in real life shown with an attached bipod.

The RPK, or Ruchnoy Pulemyot Kalashnikova (Russian: Ручной пулемёт Калашникова; English: Kalashnikov hand-held machine gun) is a Soviet/Russian light machine gun, developed by Mikhail Kalashnikov in the late 1950s. It was put into service with the Soviet Army in 1961. Several countries have copied the design and were produced, as well as many others exported, especially after the Soviet Army replaced it with the RPK-74, which, it too was copied and exported, especially to African, Asian, Eastern European, and Middle Eastern countries.

Battlefield 2Edit

BF2 RPK-74
Unlocked at default
Damage 35
Damage multipliers *3 (head)
  • 1 (torso)
  • 0.7 (limbs)
  • 0.66 (armored torso)
Magazine size 130 rounds
Reload time 5.3 seconds
Rate of fire 600 rpm
Recoil *0.25-0.45 (hip)
  • 0.5 (zoomed)
Spread zoomed 0.32 (Min/Prone)
0.48 (Crouch)
1.2 (Stand)
Spread unzoomed 0.32 (Min/Prone)
0.48 (Crouch)
1.2 (Stand)
Firemodes Fully Automatic
Faction MECMEC
Flag of RussiaSpetsnaz
Kit Support.Icon.BF2 Support
RPK-74 BF202:22

RPK-74 BF2

"The RPK is a very efficient squad level light support weapon using small-caliber ammunition. Due to its high rate of fire, the RPK is most accurate when fired from a prone, stationary position."
— In-game description

The RPK-74 is a weapon featured in Battlefield 2 for the MEC's Support Kit. Like the other LMGs, it boasts relatively low spread while prone, although its standing and crouching spread are higher than most other classes of weapon, as well as relatively high damage and a longer than average reload cycle.

The RPK-74 also comes in a mounted versions on some MEC-related maps. Like the mounted M249 and QBB-95, the mounted RPK-74 has a high rate of fire and decent accuracy with virtually no recoil, as well as infinite ammo. It also has no iron sights and is prone to overheating.

It is the default weapon for the MEC Special Forces, Spetsnaz, Rebel Forces and Insurgent Forces in the Battlefield 2: Special Forces expansion.

Battlefield: Bad Company 2: VietnamEdit

Damage 16.7-14
Damage multipliers 2.1x Head
Magazine size 100 rounds
Reload time 5.2 seconds
Rate of fire 650 rpm
Range RPKRangeBC2V
Firemodes Fully Automatic
Kit BFBC2 Medic Icon Medic
Source of statistics [1]
Inventory slot Primary Weapon
Battlefield Bad Company 2 Vietnam - RPK00:14

Battlefield Bad Company 2 Vietnam - RPK

"Designed to replace the RPD machine gun and standardize the Red Army small arms, this 7.62 light machine gun uses the same ammunition as the AKM assault rifle, but features an extended barrel and foldable bipod."
— In-game description

The RPK is a weapon featured in the Battlefield: Bad Company 2: Vietnam expansion for the Medic kit. It is the equivalent of the PKM LMG in the base game, the only differences being appearance and the RPK's faster reload time. Like most weapons in the expansion, the RPK appears rusted and the receiver cover is held in place with cloth. DICE developers explained that it was a distinct art style for the weapons in the Vietnam expansion.[2]

It differentiates from the other two MG's by having a round drum magazine rather than a box with a belt of ammunition, and as such retains the LMGs' high capacity and has a quicker reload time. The RPK is between the M60 and XM22 for firing rate and recoil making it a balance between the high accuracy and damage of the M60 and the fast firing rate of the XM22. The weapon's iron sights are comparably clearer than other light machine guns, and are similar to the AK47's. The RPK has the same firing sound as the PKM in the base game.

Battlefield Play4FreeEdit

RPK-74M Large P4F
Unlocked at Level 22
Damage 29 - 16
Damage multipliers 2.1x Head
Magazine size 40 rounds
Starting ammunition 160
Reload time 4.3 seconds
Rate of fire 675 rounds per minute
Velocity 450
Range RPK-74M Range P4F
Recoil Moderate / high
Spread zoomed 0.045
Spread unzoomed 1.5
Spread increase per bullet 0.22
"Designed in the late 50s the Russian built RPK takes everything that made the AK the loved, reliable icon that it is today and modified it to take on the role of an LMG. The RPK may lack the range and stationary accuracy of the other LMGs in our armoury but it is a powerful close quarters weapon provides better on the move usability."
— In-game description.

The RPK-74M is a weapon featured in Battlefield Play4Free and is available for purchase upon reaching level 22.

Battlefield 3Edit

Unlocked at • Default Russian Support weapon
• 170,000 Support score for US
Damage 25 - 18.4
Suppression 7.0%
Magazine size 45 + 1 rounds (without Extended Magazine)
60 + 1 rounds (with Extended Magazine)
Ammunition 5.45x39mm WP
Starting ammunition 138 + 46 rounds
Maximum ammunition 414 + 46 rounds (SP)
230 + 46 rounds (MP)
Reload time 3 seconds loaded
4 seconds empty
Rate of fire 700 RPM
Velocity 600m/s
Maximum range 900m
Recoil 0.3 up
0.2 left
0.2 right
First shot recoil multiplier 1.8x
Recoil descrease per second 13
Spread zoomed Standing: 0.4 (static) 1.5 (moving) Crouching: 0.4 (static) 1.0 (moving) Prone: 0.2 (static) 1.0 (moving)
Spread unzoomed Standing: 3.5 (static) 4.5 (moving) Crouching: 3.0 (static) 4.0 (moving) Prone: 2.5 (static) 4.0 (moving)
Spread increase per bullet 0.1
Spread decrease per second 15.0
Firemodes Full-automatic
Faction Flag of Russia Russian Ground Forces (MP)
Flag of the United States United States Marine Corps (MP, 170,000 Support score)
Flag of Iran Islamic Republic of Iran Army (SP)
People's Liberation and Resistance (SP)
Kit BF3 Support Icon Support
Dogtag(s) Proficiency
Source of statistics Sept. 22
Inventory slot Main weapon
Unlocks Bipod
PKA-S (10 kills)
Laser Sight (20 kills)
Foregrip (30 kills)
Tactical Light (40 kills)
PK-A (50 kills)
Flash suppressor (60 kills)
Kobra (70 kills)
Suppressor (80 kills)
PSO-1 (90 kills)
IRNV (100 kills)
PKS-07 (125 kills)
Holographic (150 kills)
M145 (175 kills)
Reflex (200 kills)
ACOG (135 kills)
Rifle Scope (270 kills)
Heavy Barrel (300 kills)
Extended Magazine (350 kills)
"The RPK-74M is an improved version of the original RPK developed in the 1950s. Essentially a heavy barreled AK-74, the RPK fires from a longer magazine and has been equipped with polymer grips to lighten the weapon. The RPK-74M also features the same scope mount as the AK-74M and is equipped with a bipod by default for supported shooting. "
— Battlelog description

The RPK-74M is a weapon featured in Battlefield 3.


The RPK-74M is the most common LMG and is commonly used by the Russian Ground Forces and the People's Liberation and Resistance. It can be found with any number of attachments and optics.


The RPK-74M is the default LMG of the Russian Army, functioning as the counterpart of the M27 IAR of the USMC. It is unlocked for the USMC upon achieving 170,000 points with the Support kit.

The two function in a similar manner, having a 45+1 round magazine and being fed by a box magazine as opposed to a belt, giving it a faster reload than the other LMGs. It has a slower rate of fire, but much less recoil than the M27. The RPK-74M has the lowest recoil of any light machine guns. Like all other light machine guns, the RPK comes default with a bipod. The very smooth recoil and high degree of accuracy (with or without the bipod deployed) allows the RPK-74M superior performance when engaging specific targets or enemies at longer range when compared to other weapons in the Support Class.


The RPK-74M and M27 IAR were the only light machine guns that did not unlock the Extended Magazine accessory. The 1.04 patch (March 2012) mistakenly enabled the RPK to equip Extended Mags, allowing it to use 200 rounds. This was fixed in the 1.05 patch (June 2012). As of patch 1.06 (September 2012), the RPK now has 60+1 rounds with Extended Magazine and is now also able to unlock the heavy barrel.

The QBB-95, and MG36 were the opposite; they started with Extended Magazines but later got them removed - however, DICE later added a heavy barrel unlock and re-added the extended mags for these two guns.

Battlefield 4Edit

Bf4 rpk74
Unlocked at Complete Powder Keg
Magazine size 45 + 1
Ammunition 5.45x39mm WP
Rate of fire 600 RPM
Kit Support
Inventory slot Primary Weapon
Unlocks PKA-S (1x) (10 kills)
Magnifier (2x) (20 kills)
Muzzle Brake (30 kills)
Stubby Grip (40 kills)
PK-A (3.4x) (50 kills)
Laser Sight (60 kills)
Compensator (70 kills)
Kobra (RDS) (80 kills)
Flash Light (90 kills)
Ergo Grip (100 kills)
Suppressor (110 kills)
PSO-1 (4x) (120 kills)
Angled Grip (130 kills)
Heavy Barrel (140 kills)

The RPK-74M is a weapon featured in Battlefield 4: China Rising and is issued to the support class. It and the expansion's other weapons were released early for PC players as apart of the platforms first client patch.

The RPK-74M retains wooden furniture as seen in earlier Battlefield games. It has a low rate of fire which makes recoil low and accuracy high over a long period of shooting. The muzzle climb is more vertical, but settles quickly close to the point where the player aims making it a useful machine gun at range. However, the RPK-74M suffers at close range where its low rate of fire and moderate damage is outclassed by similar machine guns, namely the QBB-95 which has a slightly higher rate of fire and a tighter hipfire.


  • In Battlefield 3, since the beta, the reload animation slightly changed. In the beta, the gun was tilted to the side and the bolt was pulled back, identical to that of the Saiga 12K's animation. In the retail version, the RPK-74M is still held in a firing position with the right hand, while the left hand is used to pull back the bolt.
  • In Battlefield 3, the RPK-74M's bolt does not move when being fired, which is likely a design oversight on DICE's part. This is noticed on every machine gun and visible when the weapon's bipod is down and it is moved to the right and fired.
  • In Battlefield 3, the RPK-74M was originally called RPK, after the gun it was modeled on.
  • In Battlefield: Bad Company 2: Vietnam, the RPK's iron sights are misaligned just like the AK-47 in the same game.
  • In Battlefield 3, the RPK-74M equipped with Extended Magazine appears to be firing from a casket magazine.
  • The RPK-74M featured in Battlefield 4 is actually just a standard RPK.


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