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  • Snipers make her angry
  • Listen to Onee-chan
  • It's a service!
  • This is why men are such pigs!

In FictionEdit

AppearanceEdit

Tall and blonde, RPK has shoulder length hair with the ears and long tail of a Siberian Tiger. Owing to her more feline traits, she also has cat like eyes that are a deep crimson in colour.

Thanks to RPK's thicker receiver she is also "well endowed" when it comes to bust size, leading her to pick on some others that are more slender like vz. 58.

PersonalityEdit

RPK is fiercely loyal to Akaganekou students and the school itself saying to Modern-lit "But I am not giving you any information about my allies". She acts as an older sister to the other Red Steel girls, looking out for the other girls like M70B1 and Saiga. RPK has even gone as far as making Saiga and Bizon count to 100 while in the bath to make sure they get clean.

While she faces Seishou students in battle constantly, she is not above recognizing and helping those that have helped her. Dressing up as a maid and giving Gengoku information on Red Steel as "a service" for bandaging and taking care of her and M70B1.

All in all, RPK maybe be a die hard Red Steel girl but understands to treat people well that have treated her well and to take care of the other girls in Red Steel.

In Real LifeEdit

HistoryEdit

With the development of the AK-47 and RPD by the Soviet Union in the mid-40's, they aimed to simplify their manufacturing process and logistics for not only their own army but the armies of the Warsaw Pact as well.

After a great deal of time and research, the Soviets achieved this with the introduction of the AKM in 1959. Ticking the boxes of simpler design, easier manufacturing, and lighter weight the Soviets now had a weapon to arm their massive armies and those of their allies but needed a squad light machine gun to go with it. While the RPD was a capable light machine gun, it created an extra strain on logistics for the Soviets as it had no parts commonality with the AKM and was belt fed from drums, meaning that even the magazines were different. These issues were solved with the reveal of the RPK in 1961 as the new squad light machine gun. The RPK had large parts commonality with the AKM and used the same style magazines, greatly simplifying logistics for the Soviets.

After it's introduction of the RPK it was exported to various markets in Eastern Europe, Africa, Asia, and South/Central America. It enjoyed great success in these markets as a cheap but reliable light machine gun to be attached to infantry squads.

Over the years the RPK has been seen in many wars such as Vietnam, Salvadorian and Lebanese civil wars, Soviet-Sino border clashes, Soviet-Afghan war, and the South African Border wars to name a few.

While seeing such ubiquitous service, the traditional RPK chambered in 7.62x39 is no longer the main light machine gun of the Russian Federation as it's successor , the RPK-74/74M, has taken over as the main front line light machine gun. In other countries however, the RPK still is their main LMG and will be for the foreseeable future.

PerformanceEdit

In the realm of squad support fire, the RPK is a durable and reliable contender. With many similarities of an AKM, the action is simple and hard to jam in all adverse conditions and while not soldier proof, the RPK is very soldier resistant. If a problem where ever to crop up with the RPK it's parts commonality with the AKM means that repairing it would be simple for soldiers.

As a light machine gun, the RPK fits a good role with a potent round but has several issues that hinder its performance in that role. Unlike its receiver, which was thickened to compensate for the RPK's position as an LMG, the fact that it is closed bolt and does not have a quick change barrel mean that it's effective rate of fire is limited. Whereas something like the M60 has a quick change barrel to prevent overheating of the barrel and allow for consistent and sustained suppressive fire, the RPK is susceptible to barrel damage and rounds cooking off due to excess heat if fired continuously for long periods.

UsersEdit

Afghanistan

Albania [as the ASh-78 Tip-2]

Bulgaria

Burundi

Cambodia

Cape Verde

Cameroon

Central African Republic

Chad

Comoros

Congo-Brazzaville

Cuba

Djibouti

Egypt

East Germany [Formerly]

Equatorial Guinea

Ethiopia

Ghana

Guinea-Bissau

Hungary

Iran [as the BB-Kalash]

Iraq [as the "Al Quds"]

Latvia

Libya

Mali

Moldova

Mongolia

Namibia

Mozambique

Nicaragua

Nigeria

North Korea [as the Type 64]

Poland [in limited numbers]

Romania [as the PA md. 64]

Russia [Formerly, replaced with RPK-74/74M]

Seychelles

Sierra Leone

Somalia

Sudan

Syria

Tanzania

Uganda

Ukraine

Uzbekistan

Vietnam

Yemen

Zimbabwe

AvailabilityEdit

If you don't mind picking up a variant build, a Romanian AES-10B imported buy Century can be had for little more than one thousand USD. There is also the Arsenal SA RPK-7 that will run you about 2500 USD on the second hand market. James River Armory has been building RPKs from Yugoslavian parts kits and labels them the M72B1, and they can be had for under 1000 USD at time of writing. A true Russian RPK from a parts kit will run you about 2000 USD if you pick one up from Legion, this however will have some US parts in order to comply with 922r regulations.

Sadly, for the great white north, the RPK and any variant there of is considered a prohibited firearm and can't be owned without a special license.

One can be owned in Switzerland as well, but at the time of writing an average price for one could not be found.

Upotte!! by Kitsune Tennouji
Seishou Academy Battle Rifles

M14 - FN FAL L1A1 - HK G3A3 - AR10 - LF 59 - SCAR H

Assault Rifles

FN FNC - Colt M16A4 - Colt M4A1 - SIG SG550 - L85A1 - Armalite AR18 - IMI Galil AR - SAKO RK 95 TP - HK HK33E - Steyr AUG - T91 - CETME Modelo L - FARA 83 - FN CAL - H&K41 - HK G41 - HK G36 - SAR-21 - Tavor - SR 88A - Sig 540 - SCAR L - Remington ACR - Taurus ART556 - FN 2000 - AK5

Shotguns

Benelli M3 - Remington 870 - Mossberg 500

Sub machine guns

HK MP5 - IMI Uzi - Beretta M12S - Steyr TMP - MAC 10 - Jatimatic/"Cobra" - Colt M635 - FAMAE SAF - FN P90 - H&K UMP - HK HK53 - HK MP5K - HK MP5SD - HK MP7 - Hotchkiss "Type Universal" - MAT 1949 - MAS 1948 - Star Z84 - Sterling Mk4 - Walther MPL - Micro Uzi - Mini Uzi - Calico M960 - Rexim-Favor - Smith & Wesson M76 - Socimi Type 821

Staff

Modern Lit - M1928 Thompson - FG 42 - Springfield - M1 Garand - MP40 - Mle.1949 - SIG Sk46 - M3 submachine gun - M1941 Johnson - Suomi M1926 - Armaguerra OG44 - Springfield - Professor

Akaganekou Battle Rifles / DMR /Other

SVD - PSL - RPK - Saiga 12K - Vintorez VSS - OSV96 - "The Major" - PKM - RPD

Assault Rifles

AK-74 - AK47 - AKM - AKS-74U - AN-94 - HK32 - Kbk wz.88 Tantal - M70 B1 - Maadi Misr - vz. 58 - SKS - Type 63 - Type 86S - AMP-69 - RPK-74 - AMD-65 - Pm. 63 - PMKM - Vepr - Vepr-1V - AEK-971 - Zastava M85 - StG 942

Sub machine guns

PP-19 Bizon

Other

Howa Type 64 - Howa Type 89 - Curly - Beretta BM59 - Beretta SC70/90 - Benelli M4 - Fanchi SPAS12 - FAMAS - FN FAL - Type 10 - Leopard 2 - Beretta ARX 160 - Valmet M82 - "Bakemono"