Lee Armory Romanian RPK
w/ Nitride Barrels, Nodak Spud Receiver. Wood refinished. The RPK (Ruchnoy Pulemyot Kalashnikova, Russian: Ручной пулемёт Калашникова or “Kalashnikov hand-held machine gun”) is a 7.62×39mm light machine gun of Soviet design, developed by Mikhail Kalashnikov in the late 1950s. It was created as part of a program designed to standardize the small arms inventory of the Red Army. RPK replaced the 7.62×39mm RPD light machine gun. The RPK continues to be used by the armed forces of countries of the former Soviet Union and certain African and Asian nations. The RPK is also manufactured in Bulgaria, Romania and Yugoslavia.
Romanian RPK functions identically
to the AK-47. It also uses the same 7.62×39mm ammunition. It has a similar design layout to the Kalashnikov series of rifles, with modifications to increase the RPK’s effective range and accuracy. Enhance its sustained fire capability, and strengthen the receiver. The RPK features a heavier and longer barrel than the AKM, this allows for the weapon to be fired for extended periods without major loss in accuracy due to the barrel heating up. The chrome-lined barrel is permanently fixed to the receiver and cannot be replaced in the field. It is fitted with a new front sight base, the gas block lacks a bayonet lug and an under-barrel cleaning rod guide.
The barrel also features
a folding bipod mounted near the muzzle, and a front sight base with a lug that limits the bipod’s rotation around the axis of the barrel. Barrels are threaded muzzle, enabling the use of muzzle devices such as flash hiders, compensators, and blank-firing adapters. When a muzzle device is not being used, threads on the muzzle can be covered by a thread protector. The barrel is pinned to the receiver in a modified trunnion, reinforced by ribbing. RPK’s trunnion are wider, compared the standard AKM type rifles. Symmetrical bulges on both sides of the front trunnion ensures a proper fit inside the receiver.