As he walks the earth scoping out NFA items to gel with, Machine Gun Mike came across a classic Cold War RPD and gives you the detailed break down.
Soviet firearms wonk Vasily Degtyaryov developed the RPD in the last days of WWII to replace his own 1920’s-era DP (Degtyaryov machine gun) which was chambered in 7.62x54R. The new weapon was chambered for the then-novel M43 7.62x39mm round which would go on to be used in the SKS and AK47/AKM series guns.
The RPD was super simple, as Mike shows, but was itself replaced by the Russkies with the follow-on RPK and PK machine guns by the 1960s, but Degtyaryov’s fire hose lived on with the armies of Moscow’s allies for decades.
Speaking of which, Mike’s gun is a post-sample Polish RPD made in 1959.