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RPD Light Machine Gun (Belt-fed, Semi-Auto Rifle), 7.62 x 39mm
Polish Example
Egyptian Example

Specifications for RPD Light Machine Gun

(Belt-fed, Semi-Auto Rifle), 7.62 x 39mm

The RPD Light Machine Gun (Ruchnoy Pulemyot Degtyaryova, or hand-held machine gun of Degtyaryov) is a 7.62 x 39mm caliber support weapon developed in the Soviet Union by renown designer Vasily Degtyaryov who also designed the DP28, DPM, DA, DT, DShK, PPD and PTRD. The Soviets used it well into the 1970s as a main line, infantry support weapon and it was officially replaced by the RPK in the early 1960s.

Popular with Saddam's soldiers, the RPD provided the hard hitting firepower for light support in addition to the domestically produced Al Quds RPK Light Machine Gun. They were imported from every country that made them but never produced by Saddam. It was the main supporting machine gun in the Iran-Iraq War. The weapon also proved popular with insurgents during Iraqi Freedom who used it for heavy fire in ambushes.

Two Rivers Arms semi-auto RPD rifles are built on demilled parts from Poland and Egypt. These rifles have been re-engineered on ATF approved designs to shoot only semi-autotomatic, making them legal to own, belt-fed rifles.

Like the original guns, Two Rivers RPDs are hot blued for a spectacular finish. Polish built parts will usually have original barrels.

Two Rivers RPD rifles have matching numbered parts (while available) with original wood and are serialed to match on DSA receivers. Two Rivers also takes the extra milling steps to preserve original serial numbers on the lower receiver rather than lopping them off like most manufacturers and builders (see above photo underneath the gun).

With semi-automatic internal compliant parts and many with new barrels, the external appearance remains consistent with the actual military rifles.

For an optional fee, an arms room stock number in Arabic can be painted on your choice colors such as red, white, blue, and black circles with various colored numbers.

Each Rilfe comes with a 50-round belt, a drum, cleaning rod and a sling. Additional items such as drums, belts, pouches and cleaning kits are subject to availability.







    Original Types
Milled receiver, wooden stocks, belt fed, 7.62 x 39m, reciprocating charing handle
Same as above but with non-reciprocating charing handle and added dust cover
Russia, Poland, Egypt
    Type 56
Chinese variant with non-reciprocating handle & dust cover
Recoil buffer in stock and extended gas cylinder
    Type 56 - 1
Chinese variant with a Drum that attaches to dust cover and a folding cleaning rod.
    Type 62
North Korean variant
North Korea
    General Data
Two Rivers Arms RPD Semi-Auto, Belt-fed Rifle

7.62 x 39mm

    Weight 16.31 lbs (empty)
    Length 40.8 inches
    Barrel Length 20.5 inches
    (See note below)
  We are out of RPDs and none are likely to be coming in the future. Call to build on your receiver, barrel and parts. If you have the semi-auto internals and all necessary parts, we can typically build and machine your RPD and hot blue it like the original for approximately $1100-1350.  

For rifle sales 405-745-7179.
For parts availability, custom orders, or general questions and information
contact us at

or call 405-331-0008.