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 Users  Irregular Militia
 Cartridge  5.45x39mm
 Capacity  45 Round Box Magazine
 Fire Mode  Semi-Automatic or Fully Automatic at 650RPM

The RPK-74 is one of the Weapons available in Squad. The RPK-74 was adopted as the standard light machine gun (LMG) and squad automatic weapon (SAW) of the Soviet Army from 1974 to 1991, replacing its predecessor and ancestor, the RPK. The Soviet Army's successor, the Russian Ground Forces (RGF), later used the RPK-74's modern variant, the RPK-74M, as its standard LMG and SAW.

General Description[edit | edit source]

The RPK-74 is a gas-operated, rotating closed-bolt light machine gun (LMG) and squad automatic weapon (SAW). It is designed by renown Russian designer Mikhail Kalashnikov in 1974 to become a modern replacement to Kalashnikov's previous LMG creation, the RPK. The RPK-74 is adopted by the Soviet Army in the same year as the standard LMG and SAW. The RPK-74 is literally the modified LMG variant of Kalashnikov's creation, the AK-74, just like Kalashnikov's RPK to the AKM. The RPK-74 is used by numerous nations from Eastern Europe to Asia due to their affiliation to the Soviet Union. The RPK-74 would be later succeeded by its newer and modern variant, the RPK-74M, as the standard LMG and SAW of the RGF in 1991.

Unlike the RPK, the RPK-74 has a longer and heavier chrome-plated barrel with a new gas block, a ring for the cleaning rod, folding bipod, and a threaded muzzle. Other changes include a different front sight tower, strengthened rear stock trunnion, and reinforced magazine well. Also, the RPK-74 could only use the 45-round box magazines instead of the RPK's 75-round drum magazines. However, the RPK-74 kept some features that were included in the RPK: the rear sight assembly, forward handguard, wooden stock, and receiver dust cover. The RPK-74 is known for using the newer, smaller, and deadly 5.45x39mm cartridges, just like its parent, the AK-74, instead of the 7.62x39mm cartridges of previous Kalashnikov rifles.

General Description[edit | edit source]

  • The RPK-74 magazine holds 45 rounds.
  • Every 4th round of the RPK-74 is a tracer round.
  • The RPK-74 fires at a rate of 650 rounds per minute, 50 more rounds than the RPK and 10 rounds less than the RPK-74M.
  • As with most soviet made Kalashnikov weapons the RPK-74 is seen in the hands of rebel factions. In Squad, the RPK-74 is only seen in the hands of the Irregular Militia.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The abbreviation RPK from RPK-74 stands for Ruchnoy Pulemyot Kalashnikova (Ручной пулемёт Калашникова) which means in English from Russian, "Kalashnikov hand-held machine gun". 74 stands for the year the RPK-74 was designed, which is 1974.

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