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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.
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.
Battlefield: Bad Company 2: VietnamEdit
The RPK is a weapon featured in the Battlefield: Bad Company 2: Vietnam expansion for Battlefield: Bad Company 2 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.
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.
The RPK-74M is a weapon featured in Battlefield Play4Free and is available for purchase upon reaching level 22.
The RPK-74M is a weapon featured in Battlefield 3.
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.
The RPK 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. Its higher damage gives it an advantage over similar weapons like the RPK-12 and QBB-95 although it has a smaller magazine which makes it more like an assault rifle.
Two variants of the RPK appear in Battlefield Hardline: the original RPK and the RPK-74.
The RPK's heavy 7.62×39mm round performs high damage, but also gives the weapon heavy recoil. The RPK has a slower fire rate than most of the other Operator weapons, but has a 50 round drum magazine, giving it effective suppressive capabilities. Like the other AK-style weapons in Hardline, the RPK uses an RIS handguard when equipped with underbarrel or accessory attachments.
The RPK-74 is a weapon included in the Betrayal expansion, and is also categorized as an assault rifle. Unlike the regular RPK, it is available for the Operator kit of both factions.
Battlefield: Bad Company 2: VietnamEdit
- 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, 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 3, the RPK-74M equipped with Extended Magazine appears to be firing from a casket magazine.
- Along with the other weapons of the first three expansions for Battlefield 4, the RPK-74M actually has an in-game description, but it can only be viewed when the weapon is unlocked at the end of a round or if it is equipped in a gadget slot using external tools.
- The RPK reuses its description from Battlefield 3.
- Although the RPK originally was introduced as the RPK-74M, the model was always that of the original RPK, given away by the characteristic iron sickle magazine
- As of September 1st, 2015, the "Ammo Type" suggests that the RPK fires 7.62x54mmR. This is incorrect, as the real RPK fires 7.62x39mm WP.
- The RPK and RPK-74 apparently have the exact same stats, exception being the Fire Rates of both weapons. Both weapons even have the same Magazine size, despite the RPK having a drum-mag, and the RPK-74 having an extended mag, they both have the same magazine size of 50.