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    Default Question for you RPD owners

    I'm kicking around the idea of an RPD build later this summer and I have a few questions:

    Can the RPD buttstock come off completely? Or is it like a FAL where part of the spring depends on the buttstock to be in place?

    Is that little round band behind the receiver a retaining band, or an integral part of the recevier assembly?

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    The band is part of the lower receiver, the buttstock/lower assembly houses the main spring like the FAL , if you need any specific pics let me know I have a virgin vector reciever I just pressed a barrel into yesterday as well as a semi built from one of the nice Bulgarian sets AA had a few years back sitting on the bench

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    Thanks for the input! I'm exploring "para folding stock RPD" options, if you get my meaning

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    another fellow and I have been kickin' the idea of an rpd build with a mix of ak parts around , the dp28 uses the same mechanism as the rpd and has the spring in the gastube , no reason a similar aproach for the rpd wouldnt work.

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    I was thinking along the lines that, like a FAL para configuration, you could either relocate the recoil spring or modify the carrier to accomodate some kind of recoil spring. Even if it isn't the original size, but if it has approximately the same force it should be OK...

    I have yet to buy myself a kit. After the MG-42 and VZ-58 reweld projects, I'm not so intimdated by welding up the scrap receiver chunks any more!

    Personally I'd also have to replace that handguard. I don't plan to assault the enemy trenches so I'm not too keen on the "running assault foregrip" design. I think after looking at the pics that I'd lean toward a more conventional grip that is something along the lines as the Tapco AK Galil-style foregrip.

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