Got belt fed? My latest project
Thankfully like Iraq this country is a gun nut's dream which helps keep me sane. I can't bring them all back but every once in awhile you find cases that you can repair, refit and reuse and this is one of those cases.
This is a Soviet RPD belt fed machine gun. It fires a 7.62 x 39 round same as the AK but it is fed from a 25, 50 or 100 round non disintegrating belt. When the belt is empty you simply reload it by hand or machine with fresh ammo and start again.
I had found a couple of these and neither one was in good shape or worked well so taking two to make one worked out well in this case and I even used all the parts. They were soaked in diesel fuel for two days then cleaned up and parts repaired or replaced. These weapons were first fielded in the 50's and were never really popular partly due to they have a lot of parts compared to other belt feds but once you get them running they hold up well.
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I will test fire it later on and then use it somewhere. Now to look for another project.