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Do the russians paint the whole rifle? I am doing a 1974 dated build. I want to get as close as I can.

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yes, they parked and painted all the metal parts...

not sure if the RPK was available in 1974....?????????
 

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"1974 saw the introduction of the RPK-74 light machine gun together with the AK-74 assault rifle) chambered in the 5.45x39mm cartridge. It is currently used primarily by member-states of the former Soviet Union, as well as Bulgaria and China. It is also used in small numbers by the Polish Armed Forces."

If I can trust the ultimate source of information~Wikipedia
 

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AK&RPK complex officialy armed in USSR:

№54-29 from 18 january 1974 - Soviet Ministry of USSR
№49 from 18 march 1974 - Ministry of Defense of USSR

complex include:

AK74 (6P20)
AK74N (6P20N)

RPK74 (6P18)
RPK74N (6P18N)

AKS74 (6P21)
AKS74N (6P21N)

RPKS74 (6P19)
RPK74N (6P19N)
 
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