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    RPG-2 Reusable, Man-Portable Rocket Propelled Grenade (1949)

    RPG-2 Reusable, Man-Portable Rocket Propelled Grenade (1949)

    The RPG-2 was a post-war design with origins based in successful German war time production models.





    Staff Writer (Updated: 11/21/2013):

    The RPG-2 is a rocket-propelled grenade launching system. It can trace its history back to the end days of World War 2 where captured German-designed systems were now being used against their owners. Essentially, the RPG-2 is developed from captured German Panzerfaust grenade launchers.

    The weapon fires a fin-stabilized HEAT rocket round. The firer is protected by the launcher's wood-encased body running down the mid-section of the shaft. Basic sights fore and aft assist the firer in aiming. By today's standards, the RPG-2 is a crude yet effective weapon that has seen action all over the Middle East, Asia and Africa. Knock-off models include the Chinese Type 56, the Czech-designed Type P-27 Pancerovoka and the Yugoslavian-designed M57.

     SPECIFICATIONS 


    RPG-2
    Type: Reusable, Man-Portable Rocket Propelled Grenade
    Country of Origin: Soviet Union [ VIEW ]
    Manufacturer: State Factories - Soviet Union [ VIEW ]
    Initial Year of Service: 1949

     GLOBAL OPERATORS 


    Cambodia; China; Czech Republic; Egypt; Laos; Libya; Macedonia; Myanmar; Poland; Soviet Union; Thailand; Vietnam; Yugoslavia


     CHARACTERISTICS 


    Overall Length: 1,492 mm (58.74 inches)
    Barrel Length: 1,492 mm (58.74 inches)
    Weight (Empty): 6.24 lb (2.83 kg)


    Caliber*: 82mm
    Action: Single Shot
    Feed: 1


     PERFORMANCE 


    Rate-of-Fire: 3 rounds-per-minute (rpm)
    Range: 656 feet (200 m; 219 yards)
    Sights: Flip-up Sight Rear; Forward


    * Listed caliber(s) for firearms may be model dependent if more than one model type/chambering was produced. Always consult official manufacturer's information or a licensed dealer.

     VARIANTS 


    RPG-2 - Base Production Designation

    Type 56 - Chinese-produced RPG-2 copy

    Type P-27 "Pancerovoka" - Czechoslovakian-produced RPG-2 copy.

    M57 - Yugoslavian-produced RPG-2 copy


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