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Reusable, Man-Portable Rocket Propelled Grenade


Reusable, Man-Portable Rocket Propelled Grenade


The RPG-2 was a post-war design with origins based in successful German war time production models.
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ORIGIN: Soviet Union
YEAR: 1949
MANUFACTURER(S): State Factories - Soviet Union
OPERATORS: Cambodia; China; Czech Republic; Czechoslovakia; Egypt; Laos; Libya; Macedonia; Myanmar; North Korea; Poland; Soviet Union; Thailand; Vietnam; Yugoslavia

Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible. * Calibers listed may be model/chambering dependent.
ACTION: Single Shot
CALIBER(S)*: 82mm
LENGTH (OVERALL): 1,492 millimeters (58.74 inches)
LENGTH (BARREL): 1,492 millimeters (58.74 inches)
WEIGHT (UNLOADED): 6.24 pounds (2.83 kilograms)
SIGHTS: Flip-up Sight Rear; Forward
RATE-OF-FIRE: 3 rounds-per-minute
RANGE (EFFECTIVE): 656 feet (200 meters; 219 yards)

Series Model 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


Detailing the development and operational history of the RPG-2 Reusable, Man-Portable Rocket Propelled Grenade.  Entry last updated on 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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