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Original Russian Cold War RPG-7 Rocket Propelled Grenade Launcher dated 1964 - Inert

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is an totally inert non-firing BATF compliant deactivated Russian RPG-7 Rocket Propelled Grenade Launcher, complete with an original inert projectile. These have been completely deactivated, and cannot be converted into an explosive device. The launcher tube has a bore sized hole, and has had the ignition components removed. There are also steel bars welded across the bore, which can be looked through.

The front of the bore is open so that the inert rocket can be inserted. The rocket itself is constructed from an original 8 inch portion of an original RPG rocket, with a molded rubber dummy warhead, which has the correct markings in Russian. This may be an RPG that was used as a training aid for the U.S. military, however we cannot find any markings indicating as such. There is still a cap on the tip of the rocket, with a pull pin and fabric tag with Russian writing.

The original bakelite housing is still intact, as well as the Russian marked trigger group, which reads:

BA - 21 - 64

This would indicate production in 1964. The trigger group is still able to cock and dry fire, and the safety works as well. The wooden second grip is intact and in good shape. The launcher also still has functional front and rear sights, which flip up into position correctly. It still also retains the rail for the more accurate optical sight. The bipod is present and functional.

Overall condition is very good to excellent with areas of paint loss and chipping. This would make a fantastic display item for any military collector. Ready to display!

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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