RPGs. Who hasn’t considered getting their hands on one just once – once! – and unloading on something, be it a building, vehicle, or some other inanimate object. The appeal is certainly there, and although it cannot be considered forgotten, the RPG-7 recently found its way onto Forgotten Weapons’ YouTube channel.
The RPG-7 was designed in 1961 in the Soviet Union and is, of course, a shoulder-mounted, unguided rocket propelled grenade launcher. It’s a pretty straightforward weapon – simply aim at your intended target, and let ‘er rip – and the results tend to be quite satisfactory, which is probably which RPGs have remained popular for more than half a century now.
A few RPG-7 specs: it weighs in around 15 pounds and measures just over three feet in length. It as an approximate range of 1000 yards and covers that distance at a rate of about 115 meters per second. This is one cool weapon, and it isn’t often any of us get to handle one in person, so it’s understandable that Ian over at Forgotten Weapons jumped at the opportunity.
Best line of the video? Probably when Ian suggests you don’t stand behind the RPG while it’s being fired. Seems safe to say if you do it once you’d certainly never do it again…