Original Russian Cold War RPG-7 Rocket Propelled Grenade Inert Launcher with Accessories
Original Item: Only One Available. This is an totally inert non-firing BATF compliant deactivated non-functional Russian RPG-7 which is dated 1967 on the trigger assembly. The body of the launcher was also deactivated by inserting a solid bar through the body of of internal launching tube. A rocket can insert into the front of the tube but tube is obstructed beyond that point to prevent anything from traveling through. The original wood casing is still intact, as well as the Russian marked trigger group and second grip. Best of all it comes complete with a functional sight and an original Russian made canvas carry sling as well as a canvas rocket bag and other accessories. The rocket is an original Eastern Block training version. Overall condition is very good to excellent!
History of the RPG:
The RPG-7 (Russian: РПГ-7, Ручной Противотанковый Гранатомёт – Ruchnoy Protivotankoviy Granatomyot) is a widely-produced, portable, unguided, shoulder-launched, anti-tank rocket-propelled grenade launcher. It works by launching a 40mm rocket propelled grenade using the gases escaping the muzzle to expel the rocket from the tube. Originally the RPG-7 and its predecessor, the RPG-2, were designed by the Soviet Union and are now manufactured by the Bazalt company. The weapon has the GRAU index 6G3.
The English-language term "RPG", meaning "rocket-propelled grenade", though frequently encountered and reasonably descriptive, is not based on a literal translation, which would be "Hand Anti-Tank Grenade Launcher".
The ruggedness, simplicity, low cost, and effectiveness of the RPG-7 has made it the most widely used anti-tank weapon in the world. Currently around 40 countries use the weapon, and it is manufactured in a number of variants by nine countries. It is also popular with irregular and guerrilla forces. The RPG has been used in almost all conflicts across all continents since the mid-1960s from the Vietnam War to the present day War in Afghanistan. The RPG-7 was first delivered to the Soviet Army in 1961.
Accurate firing is difficult at ranges over 300 meters and with the RPG-7 the phrase "the closer the better" has always been true. During the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan the mujahideen tended to use the weapon at ranges of less than 80 meters. They were used in the Vietnam war to counter the introduction of the lightly armored M113.
The RPG-7 was used by the Provisional Irish Republican Army in Northern Ireland from 1969 to 2005, most notably in Lurgan, County Armagh, where it was used against British Army observation posts and the towering military base at Kitchen Hill in the town. The IRA also used them in Catholic areas of West Belfast against British Army armored personnel carriers and Army forward operating bases (FOB). Beechmount Avenue was renamed "RPG Avenue" because it was chosen many times by the IRA to mount rocket attacks.
In Mogadishu, Somalia, rocket-propelled grenades were used to down two US Black hawk helicopters.
The mujaheddin (in Afghanistan) have formed armored-vehicle hunter/killer teams that work together with as many as 15 RPGs to destroy armored vehicles.
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- Totally inert, cannot be converted to an explosive devise, not available for export
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