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Old 04-02-2018, 6:21 PM
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I'm wanting to add a RPD to my collection, and was wondering who has one and what you think about it? I heard that the ones made by Project Guns or Vector are the ones to go with. Since I got my M249s, I've been wanting to expand my belt fed collection. Any information you guys have them would be great. Thanks.


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Old 04-02-2018, 6:38 PM
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The non disintegrating belts are nice in the sense you don't have the clean up of disintegrating links. Its a fun/ cheap belt fed to shoot, however, the wood hand guard will catch fire before your first 100 round belt dump is over! And the lack of a quick change barrel kinda sucks. But overall I'm happy with mine, its a DSA build, seems very good quality. I have not got ahold of an M249 yet, but I've often considered selling mine to go towards funding the 249 mainly so I can reload my pile of spent shells.
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RPD is a pretty good machinegun.
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I love mine
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I too have always wanted one....Subbed for further information. Good luck with the aquisition and your hunt for information.
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The RPD is probably my favorite realistically obtainable for the average joe belt fed out there. It's hella fun, and affordable to blast away all day with.
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Personally for me, if you want a relatively cheap combloc belt fed rifle then it's a great option, but an RPK does everything it does for a lot less money and a lot less weight. I was shocked when I first got the RPD how heavy it was. In California, the belt is just a novelty and a tease. They are interesting pieces of history though.
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They're a very well made (beautifully blued too), and reasonably affordable belt fed, that uses an inexpensive round.

If built by someone who knows what they're doing, they run great. Project Guns does a top notch job.

They are very easy to make featureless, since they don't have a flash hider. All you need here is a grip fin.
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Who manufactured yours?
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They're a very well made (beautifully blued too), and reasonably affordable belt fed, that uses an inexpensive round.

If built by someone who knows what they're doing, they run great. Project Guns does a top notch job.

They are very easy to make featureless, since they don't have a flash hider. All you need here is a grip fin.
I emailed Project Guns last night and he just emailed me saying he is no longer making them as he is retiring.
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Does anyone have experience with the DSA made one? How's the quality?
https://www.dsarms.com/p-13375-dsa-r...fed-rifle.aspx
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I emailed Project Guns last night and he just emailed me saying he is no longer making them as he is retiring.
That's a shame. Mine was built by Stan and it's great.

DSA might be the next best RPD
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I have a Vector model (and a bunch of 100 round pre-ban belts). While it is very fun to shoot and a great piece of history, my Vector copy was not without problems. a piece broke and I called Vector who sold me the last of that particular part. Then, after 4-500 rounds, it broke again. This time, I had to send it to a gun builder to get it reworked and fixed up again. Runs great (for now.)

However, the whole point of this thing is to be a bullet hose with 100 round belts. Since you would be limited to 10 round belts, it would lose a great deal of the efficacy (and fun). They are basically AK-47's on steroids. But without the belt, they are just big heavy ak47's.

The other saving grace is that you basically HAVE to go featureless with it but it's not that bad to shoot with a grip wrap since it's on a bipod anyway and your left hand generally holds the butt stock to your shoulder so you don't really need the pistol grip.
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I have this DSA one it has been solid right out of the box!

https://www.dsarms.com/p-13374-dsa-r...fed-rifle.aspx
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That's a shame. Mine was built by Stan and it's great.

DSA might be the next best RPD
That is a shame.

Stan really had that process down. His videos of his machining are fun to watch. The semi conversions are quite involved.

Stan produced quite a few, so there may be some of them out there for sale on sites like Gunbroker.

Perhaps try Gunbroker if you want one of Stan's OP?
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Who manufactured yours?
Mine was made by project guns. Then I made my grip fin with some plexiglass

https://youtu.be/qvbAyLX1mEg


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The non disintegrating belts are nice in the sense you don't have the clean up of disintegrating links. Its a fun/ cheap belt fed to shoot, however, the wood hand guard will catch fire before your first 100 round belt dump is over! And the lack of a quick change barrel kinda sucks. But overall I'm happy with mine, its a DSA build, seems very good quality. I have not got ahold of an M249 yet, but I've often considered selling mine to go towards funding the 249 mainly so I can reload my pile of spent shells.
That barrel always seemed kind of thin for a belt fed. I thought about getting a full auto one 20 years ago when they were almost affordable. The "1 piece" belt makes for convenience and back then a case of 7.63x39 was under a hundred bucks.
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I have this DSA one it has been solid right out of the box!

https://www.dsarms.com/p-13374-dsa-r...fed-rifle.aspx
How many rounds do you have through yours?
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Probably a little over 1500 no issues to speak of very fun gun! I'll try and post a few pics when I get home later.
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Probably a little over 1500 no issues to speak of very fun gun! I'll try and post a few pics when I get home later.
Sounds good! I'd like to see them.

I'm going to bite the bullet and place an order for one later today!
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really nice DSA build I just picked up. Ordered 7 months ago.

https://youtu.be/bbNElt6h9VI
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really nice DSA build I just picked up. Ordered 7 months ago.

https://youtu.be/bbNElt6h9VI
You had to bump this up I just barely forgot I had to have one and then bam this pops up haha. I will have one someday soon....DSA make pretty nice firearms
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My FFL just sent them the grip wrap a couple days ago, I should have it back at my FFL in a few days! I can't wait.
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Make sure you upload pictures!

I wish to pick one up someday. For now, I'll just have to live vicariously through you
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My FFL just sent them the grip wrap a couple days ago, I should have it back at my FFL in a few days! I can't wait.


Congrats buddy. I look forward to you getting it and giving your impression. Iíve been tempted as well but havenít bought one yet. Still digging your m249 I hope.


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Congrats buddy. I look forward to you getting it and giving your impression. Iíve been tempted as well but havenít bought one yet. Still digging your m249 I hope.


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Thanks! I definitely will. I couldn't pass it up for the price, and also ammo is cheaper for it too. Plus I love the look of it.

Oh yeah, it's still one of my favorites! I bring it to the range every time I go. I never get tired of shooting it, and it always draws a crowd.

One of the local FFLs just got in an Ohio Ordnance M240. I've been eyeballing it since they got it in, but $14,000 is a pretty penny.
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Thanks! I definitely will. I couldn't pass it up for the price, and also ammo is cheaper for it too. Plus I love the look of it.



Oh yeah, it's still one of my favorites! I bring it to the range every time I go. I never get tired of shooting it, and it always draws a crowd.



One of the local FFLs just got in an Ohio Ordnance M240. I've been eyeballing it since they got it in, but $14,000 is a pretty penny.


Dang. 14k for a m240 is a bit out of my lane. The 249 was a tough enough pill to swallow, but I honestly think itís a good long term purchase. Iíll await and look forward to your review of the RPD. They are certainly priced right.

I had my 249 out a couple weeks ago. Shot a hard plastic 5 gal container out at 100 yds. Ran a 100 round belt into it doing 3-5 round fast bursts and had it dancing all over the dirt berm, flying up into the air etc. Tons of fun.

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Always one of these if you can get ahold of the semi auto parts. Not sure when or even if theyíll become available again. 2-3k
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OP, the ONLY purpose of the RPD is the spit (semi-aimed) lead at great volumes with the 100 rd belt. At ten rounds at a time, I think you will not quite get the experience.
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Another cool beltfed to consider is a semi auto DP28. Then buy one of SMG Guns beltfeed modules for the DP28 and drop it right in. It turns it into an RP46 and uses any type PKM/Maxim belts. For about $6K or less you can have a nice 54R beltfed which is much cheaper then a PKM.


Semi auto DP28's (Priced $3000-$4500) On Gunbroker.
Beltfeed Module ($1500)


Belt feed conversion.
https://www.gunbroker.com/item/771976699


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