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You Don’t See a Semi-Auto DP-28 Everyday

While at the GDC warehouse last month, I had a chance to run across this bad boy.

Rick Smith’s Texas-based Smith Machine Group has been in the business of breathing life back into historical military guns for well over a decade and their DP series guns have long been one of their primary staples. Their complete DPM semi-automatic rifle is built using a surplus Polish kit with a new receiver, a new chrome-lined barrel, and their own fire-control group.

The semi-auto rifle was built off a Polish Circle 11 marked kit dated 1953 and is chambered in 7.62x54R. Firing from a closed bolt, it still has a gas piston operating system and uses an internal hammer.

While heavy, it has zero recoil when fired from the prone position and due to its 47-round pan magazine has a very low profile when compared to other magazine-fed semi-autos.

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Is that an RPD you have there, tovarish? Da…

As he walks the earth scoping out NFA items to gel with, Machine Gun Mike came across the 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 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 Russkis by the follow-on RPK and PK machine guns by the 1960s, but Degtyaryov’s firehose 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.

Oof.