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Post by GreyApothecary on Mon Dec 06, 2010 12:30 am

what is the difference between a recoilless rifle and a RPG? beside the fact one doesn't use a rocket if i recall and one does
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Post by Angatar on Mon Dec 06, 2010 12:56 am

Recoilless rifles used rockets, RPGs use grenades. I also believe RPGs have a smooth barrel while recoilless rifles are rifled.

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Post by KristallNacht on Mon Dec 06, 2010 4:06 am

also, an RPG doesn't contain the round entirely within itself.
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Post by Rasq'uire'laskar on Mon Dec 06, 2010 6:17 am



"RPG" is a bit of a misnomer, as it is a backronym of the Russian name for the weapon. Arguably, they're just rockets, although you can distinguish between other rocket weapons (M1 Bazooka, Panzerschrek) in which the warhead fits inside the tube and is loaded from the back. Since the warhead is outside the pipe, this allows it to be larger, granting more penetrating power and more freedom for warhead design. However, as a rocket, they are self propelled for the first five seconds of flight.

A recoilless rifle would ideally be rifled and recoilless gun would not, but recoilless rifle is often used for both. The propellant is expended entirely inside the firing chamber of the gun, and is vented backwards to counter the recoil of the bullet. Additionally, the rounds resemble bullets more than they resemble fin-stabilized rockets.
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Re: recoilless rifle?

Post by PiEdude on Mon Dec 06, 2010 3:27 pm

Rasq'uire'laskar wrote:


I'm afraid my Russian's a little rusty.

Anyone care to translate? Rolling Eyes
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Re: recoilless rifle?

Post by Angatar on Mon Dec 06, 2010 3:44 pm

I'm pretty sure RPG stands for something along the lines of "shoulder-fired anti-tank grenade launcher".

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Post by Vtrooper on Mon Dec 06, 2010 3:55 pm

also RPG is shape charge, a recoilless rifle is a cannon

to my understanding anyway

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