Release date: 9th July 2016 Update 0.12.4 (Part 3 of the 4th of July Update)
In order to standardize the Soviet small arms inventory, the RPK was designed to succeed the RPD light machine gun. It was developed in parallel to the AKM in the 1950s, as seen with the capability of interchanging magazines with the rifle. Also, it had belt fed prototypes with special upper receivers.
While functioning similarly to the AKM, the RPK was built with a longer and heavier barrel to prevent major loss of accuracy due to the barrel overheating. A new front sight base, gas block, and under-barrel cleaning rod guide are improvements to assist in the operation of the weapon. A folding bipod was also mounted near the muzzle, with a lug on the sight base to limit the bipod's axial movement on the barrel.
Similar to the AKM, the RPK's receiver is stamped from a 1.5mm sheet of steel (although the AKM's was stamped from a 1mm), while the parts' interchangeability is moderate. The RPK is usually fed with 40 round box magazines or a 75 round drum, but it can also use 30 round AKM magazines.Addition to this, RPK can use 5, 10 and 20 round civilian grade magazines.
In 1974, a new variant of the RPK was developed called the RPK-74. The new gun was developed in parallel to the AK-74, in which the AK-74 underwent the same modifications the AKM did to become the RPK. Just like how the AK-74 replaced the AKM as the service rifle of the Soviet Army, the RPK-74 replaced the RPK.
The RPK is still being used in approximately 50 countries and produced under-license by Albania, Bulgaria, Iraq(As Tabuk DMR) and Romania for its reliability of AK types, long effective range, low production cost and its lightweight build for an LMG.
RPK is a hard hitting monster like the AK-47 and AKM. However, it has more recoil. Due to being an LMG, the RPK is less maneuverable and versatile more than its brother. But it has a larger magazine with more ammo reserve.
The RPK has very good mid to long range capabilities thanks to its low bullet drop-off, high damage and large magazine. However at medium range and farther, the RPK can successfully kill multiple enemies in a short time.
This weapon is excellent for long range suppression which can give your team big advantage at KoTH (King of the Hill), because enemies are forced to capture the hill without cover, and suppression can scare and make them deny capturing the hill. When compared to other LMGs in this role, the magazine is much smaller, but it exchanges that for a fast reload and high damage, with the same HTK (Hit to kill) as the M60 with a fraction of the reload time.
The RPK has vertical focused-high but easy to control recoil thanks to its low RoF. The user can choose muzzle brake or compensator depending on his/her play style. If you decide on spraying, a compensator is recommended to improve hit chance, while a muzzle brake is recommended for people who decide to tap fire, making the recoil isn't too distracting.
The takeaway is the RPK is basically a straight upgrade to the AK-47, with similar recoil levels, damage stats and a larger ammo reserve/magazine. The lowered movement speed will be problem when you're trying to flank, so the RPK is better for a more up-front battle style, utilizing the high damage and magazine size to mow down enemies in your way.
Pros and Cons
- High damage (3-4 shot kill; 2-3 shot headshot)
- Suppressors don't decrease its BTK (bullets to kill)
- Slow fire rate and bigger magazines decreases ammo consumption
- Fast reload like the AK 47
- Average magazine size for an LMG
- Average range for an LMG
- High vertical focused recoil
- Not a lot of suppression for an LMG or penetration
- Lots of muzzle flash
- Slower sprinting speed than the AK-47 and AKM
- The RPK in-game is a 1959 model.
- RPK can use vertically folding stock for AKs, AK47 stock and muzzle devices those are compatible with 7.62x39 barrels (AK-103 muzzle brake, AKM slant muzzle brake, PBS-1 Suppressor and others).
- Strangely, the RPK and its brother the RPK-74 gets ammo from assault rifles. This is possibly due to the fact that the Russian assault rifles (excluding the AS VAL) use only two different types of ammunition (the 7.62 for the AK-47, AK-15, RPK and AKM, and 5.45 for the AK-12, AK-74, AN-94, and RPK-74
- Although the RPK in-game has a 45 round magazine, there is none in real life. The biggest box magazine available for the RPK is 40.
|List of Weapons|
|Primary Weapons||Assault Rifles||AK-12 - AN-94 - AS VAL - SCAR-L - AUG A1 - M16A4 - G36 - M16A3 - AUG A2 - FAMAS - AK47 - AUG A3 - L85A2 - Honey Badger - AK74 - AKM - M231|
|Personal Defensive Weapons (PDWs)||MP5K - UMP45 - MP7 - P90 - MP5 - Colt SMG 635 - MP5SD - MP10 - MP5/10 - AUG A3 Para - Kriss Vector|
|Light Machine Guns (LMGs)||M60 - AUG HBAR - MG36 - L86 LSW - RPK - SCAR-HAMR - RPK74|
|Sniper Rifles||Intervention - Remington 700 - BFG 50 - Mosin Nagant - Railgun|
|Carbines||M4 - G36C - M4A1 - L22 - SCAR-PDW - SR-3M|
|Designated Marksman Rifles (DMRs)||MK-11 - SKS - Dragunov SVU - VSS Vintorez - SCAR-SSR|
|Battle rifles||SCAR-H - AG-3|
|Shotguns||KSG-12 - Remington 870|
|Secondary Weapons||Pistol||M9 - G17 - M1911 - DEAGLE 44|
|Machine Pistol||G18 - M93R - TEC-9|
|Other||Serbu Shotgun - Obrez|