The RPK-74 is a Soviet Light Machine Gun (LMG) based on the AK-74 Assault Rifle and chambered with the newer 5.45x39mm intermediate cartridge. Several modifications were made to the base AK-74, mirroring the modifications made to the AKM to create the RPK . These include a longer and heavier chrome barrel, a new gas block, and a ring for a cleaning rod. The fitting of a folding bipod and different front sight tower were improvements to adapt the RPK-74 for heavier duty.
The weapon feeds from a 45-round magazine, interchangeable with AK-74 magazines; 60 round caskets and 100 round drum magazines are available. In the development phase, drum magazines were discontinued in favor of the 45-round magazines but they were still produced in limited numbers.
The RPK-74 is still in widespread use by former members states of the Soviet Union even after its collapse. Like the AK-74, it has been modernized as the RPK-74M, undergoing the same changes the AK-74M went through. It is used widely throughout the Russian Army. A new RPK-16 LMG (based on the AK-12) will replace the RPK-74M in the Russian Army sometime in the future.
The RPK-74 has the same RoF as the AK-74. The RPK-74 is bulkier than AK74 due to its heavier barrel and bigger magazine and has a similar recoil pattern.
The RPK-74 is much better than all the other LMGs in close quarters, having the best Time-To-Kill (TTK) out of all of them. But it trades out long range damage, with the minimum damage of the RPK-74 being a 5-Shot-Kill (5SK). While usable, it is less viable for tap-firing than other, harder-hitting LMGs.
Like its harder hitting brother RPK, it has good mid to long range support capabilities due to high bullet drop. However, the RPK has more damage at range (being 4 shot to kill compared to RPK-74's 5 shots), making it preferable in longer ranges than the RPK-74 where its lower recoil does not really matter due to tap firing or using semi-auto. With the aid of attachments, the RPK-74 can be quite a good gun at long ranges (300 studs max), with attachments greatly lowering the recoil that would normally hamper its effectiveness. Surprisingly, the weapon is very accurate, capable of taking down targets from a distance with fully automatic fire with the right attachments. There isn't a problem with using it at long range support due to its high total ammo capacity. Like the RPK, the RPK-74 strangely retrieves ammo from not the LMG class that it belongs to but the Assault Rifle class. Since the assault rifle class is the largest of all the weapons classes, the RPK-74 is much more sustainable as it has a very large variety of weapons to pick up ammo from.
Usage & Tactics
Pros & Cons
- High damage.
- 2-Shot headshot in CQC.
- Low to moderate recoil.
- High muzzle flash.
- Low minimum damage for an LMG (21 damage, 5SK).
- Below average suppression for an LMG.
- Below average penetration for an LMG.
- Low Rate-of-Fire (RoF).
- The RPK-74 has a folding stock variant designed for paratroopers, known as the RPKS-74.
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