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It was invented by Vasily Degtyaryov in 1944. Designed to use bullets of the Mosin-Nagant caliber, the support weapon was soon replaced by machine guns using the AK-47 base. Although it was withdrawn from service in the Soviet Union, some African and Asian nations still use it. The RPD was manufactured by China, Egypt and North Korea and was used in the Vietnam War and a lot of civil wars in the Far East.

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