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RPG-2 Reusable, Man-Portable Rocket Propelled Grenade

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

 Updated: 8/7/2017; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©

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.

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RPG-2 Technical Specifications

Service Year: 1949
Type: Reusable, Man-Portable Rocket Propelled Grenade
National Origin: Soviet Union
Manufacturer(s): State Factories - Soviet Union

Design (Internal, Dimensions and Weights)

Firing Action: Single Shot
Available Caliber(s): 82mm
Ammunition Count / Feed: 1
Overall Length: 1,492 mm (58.74 inches)
Barrel Length: 1,492 mm (58.74 inches)
Weight (Empty): 6.24 lb (2.83 kg)
Sighting Assist: Flip-up Sight Rear; Forward


Rate-of-Fire (RoF): 3 rounds-per-minute (rpm)
Typical Range: 656 feet (200 meters; 219 yards)

Global Operators / Customers

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

Model Variants (Including Prototypes)

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