Originally Posted by pranc2
rpk was russia version of our M-60 machine gun or now the SAW or squad automatic weapon. and like the two guns the rpk is just as much unlike an ak as the SAW is to an AR. i give you that the russian still made this weapon simple for what it is but an real RPK has many more and heavier parts than an AK. the rpk also has a faster rate of fire than an ak.
The military RPK made by Russia today, is the RPK 74.
It chambers the 5.45X39mm round instead of the 7.62X39mm chambered by the original RPK.
Many of the older RPK variations are still in service, though, due to Russia's economic woes.