RPG-7

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The RPG-7 Launcher as been utilized by both Soviet/Russian soldiers and all other Communist bloc countries and client states/groups throughout the world. (The actual Russian abbreviation RPG stands for Ruchnoy Protivotankovyy Granatomyot - handheld anti-tank grenade launcher). Developed from the RPG-2 (also known as the B40 rocket in Vietnam), the RPG-7 is seen all over the world - from the war zones of Africa and the Middle East to Central and South America.

The Chinese made their own version of the rocket - the Type 69 RPG, which differed in that there was only one pistol grip. The second pistol grip of the RPG-7 was replaced by a upper handle. Also the Type 69 has an integral lightweight bipod that folds against the body of the tube. In movies, many times the Type 69 RPG is seen rather than the Russian RPG-7.

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Specifications

Type: Anti-Tank Shoulder Launched Weapon

Caliber: 40mm (tube diameter, original HEAT warheads were 85mm) (varying diameter over-caliber rockets)

Rockets: PG-7VM, PG-7VL, PG-7VR, TBG-7V, OG-7V

Capacity: 1 rocket

Fire Modes: Single-shot muzzle-loading

Sights: Flip-up iron sights, PGO-7 scope, various other optics mounted via accessory rail

RPG-7

RPG-7 - 40mm
RPG-7 with folded iron sights - 40mm
RPG-7 with PG-7VM rocket and PGO-7 scope - 40mm
RPG-7 with PG-7VR tandem warhead rocket and PGO-7 scope - 40mm
Reticle of the RPG-7's PGO-7 optic sight, for video game comparisons in particular. Compare to the Type 69 reticle below.

The real Soviet built RPG-7 launcher has never really appeared in many U.S. films (until recently). There were no real de-watted examples in most of the movie prop houses (or armories). In films like Red Dawn and Back to the Future the RPG-7s are fully fabricated fakes, made out of aluminum, plastic fibreglass or wood. The only true RPG-7s that appeared in films for years were foreign ones that used foreign armorers. Currently, the expensive Airsoft RPG-7 replica, resin fakes of varying quality, and the false one used by the U.S. military for training purposes are seen quite a bit in movies and films in which they're not required to fire. When the RPG fires, it is a fabricated fake, designed to fire a pyrotechnic special effects rocket. One of the reasons why these items were hard to obtain was restrictions imposed by the ATF, however recently Soviet manufactured dewatted RPG-7s have been coming into the country for sale.


Specifications

  • Weight: 7 kg (15 lb)
  • Length: 950 mm (37.4 in)
  • Caliber: 40 mm (1.57 in)
  • Muzzle velocity: 115 m/s
  • Maximum range: ~ 920 m (1000 yd) (self detonates)
  • Sights: Flip-up iron sights, PGO-7 (2.7x) and UP-7V Telescopic sight)
  • Red Dot on Picatinny Rails


The Russian RPG-7 anti-tank rocket launcher (or a fabricated copy) has appeared in the following films, television series, anime, and video games used by the following actors:

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
Hit Back (Otvetnyy khod) Soviet paratroopers 1981
Uncommon Valor NVA soldiers Fake mockups 1984
Red Dawn Cuban and Soviet soldiers Fake mockups 1984
Red Dawn C. Thomas Howell Robert Morris Fake mockup 1984
Red Dawn Charlie Sheen Matt Eckhert Fake mockup 1984
Back to the Future Libyan terrorist Fake mockup 1985
Latino Contras soldier 1985
Spies Like Us Afghan Mujaheddin 1985
Rambo: First Blood Part II Sylvester Stallone John Rambo Fake mockup 1985
Royal Warriors Ying Bai Gangmember 1986
Bad Taste Fake mockup 1987
Death Before Dishonor Terrorist 1987
The Living Daylights Afghan Mujaheddin 1987
The Beast of War Jason Patric Konstantin Koverchenko With PGO-7 scope 1988
The Beast of War Chaim Girafi Moustafa With PGO-7 scope 1988
Bulletproof Don Pike Montoya 1988
Bulletproof Danny Trejo Sharkey 1988
Hell Comes to Frogtown Roddy Piper Sam Hell Fake mockup 1988
William Smith Captain Devlin
Navy SEALs Lebanese terrorists 1990
Afghan Breakdown Afghan Mujaheddin With PGO-7 scope 1991
Hot Shots! Part Deux Jerry Haleva Saddam Hussein 1993
Beyond Rangoon Karen innsurgent 1995
The Pest Jeffrey Jones Gustav 1996
Deserter (Dezertir) Anatoliy Kotenyov Skif With PGO-7 scope 1997
Boris Bystrov Habibullah
Checkpoint (Blokpost) Russian soldier 1998
The Boondock Saints In an arms cache 1999
Diplomatic Siege Irina Movila Petra 1999
Proof of Life Chechen soldier 2000
Behind Enemy Lines Serbian soldier 2001
Black Hawk Down Somali militiamen 2001
Avalon Malgorzata Foremniak Ash 2001
Spy Game Lebanese terrorists 2001
War (Voyna) Chechen insurgents 2002
War (Voyna) Ruslan 2002
Warriors (Guerreros) Albanian soldier 2002
Countdown (Lichnyy nomer) terrorists possibly firing real grenades 2004
9th Company Soviet soldiers 2005
9th Company Afghan Mujahideen with PGO-7 scope 2005
Blood Diamond RUF rebels 2006
Catch a Fire ANC militants 2006
Mercenary for Justice Mercenaries 2006
Transformers Feral transformer 2007
Lord of War In various arms caches 2007
The Kingdom Seen in terrorist hideout 2007
The Mark of Cain Iraqi insurgent with PG0-7 scope 2007
Captive (Plennyy) Russian soldiers, Chechen fighters 2008
Body of Lies Terrorists 2008
Stop-Loss Iraqi insurgents 2008
Waltz with Bashir IDF soldier and Palestinian militants 2008
Death Race Mounted on Machine Gun Joe's truck 2008
Terminator Salvation Common Barnes 2009
Lebanon Dudu Tassa Syrian Soldier 2009
Dangerous Flowers 2009
Far Cry Mercenary 2009
District 9 David James Koobus Venter 2009
Kandahar Break Taliban fighters possible mockup 2009
Green Zone Iraqi insurgents 2010
Kandahar Taliban fighter 2010
Death Race 2 Mounted on Big Bill's truck 2011
Machine Gun Preacher LRA troops 2011
Machine Gun Preacher SPLA troops 2011
Machine Gun Preacher Gerard Butler Sam Childers 2011
Machine Gun Preacher Mduduzi Mabaso Marco 2011
Memorial Day Iraqi Insurgent 2011
Special Forces Taliban fighters With PGO-7 scopes 2011
Hamilton: I nationens intresse Afghani terrorist 2012
Hamilton: I nationens intresse Somalian soldier 2012
August. Eighth Russian and Georgian soldiers 2012
Resident Evil: Damnation Leon S. Kennedy TBG-7V rocket 2012
Osombie 2012
Cockneys vs. Zombies 2012
A Good Day to Die Hard Henchman With PGO-7 scope 2013
White House Down Mercenary 2013
2 Guns James Marsden Cmdr. Harvey Quince 2013
The Heat Melissa McCarthy Det. Shannon Mullins 2013
Lupin III Yuka Nakayama Maria 2014
3 Days to Kill Albino's gunmen 2014
Jarhead 2: Field of Fire Taliban fighters 2014
Lousy Bastards Taliban fighter 2014
22 Minutes (22 minuty) Somali Pirates 2014
Chronicles of the Ghostly Tribe Mark Chao Hu Bayi 2015
Chronicles of the Ghostly Tribe Rhydian Vaughan Chen Dong 2015
Chronicles of the Ghostly Tribe Explorers 2015
Terminator: Genisys Resistance fighters 2015
Survivor (2015) Taliban fighter With PGO-7 scope 2015
Chappie Brandon Auret Hippo 2015

Television

Show Title Actor Character Note / Episode Air Date
Bors 1968
Dempsey and Makepeace Clive Mantle "Big Ben" Davis "Extreme Prejudice" (S03E05) 1986
Purgatory (Chistilishche) Extras Chechen terrorists 1998
Ultimate Force Extras 2002 - 2006
I Have The Honor! (Chest Imeyu!) Russian paratroopers and Chechen rebels 2004
The Storm Gate Chechen terrorists 2006
Generation Kill Extras Iraqi insurgents 2008
Occupation Extras Iraqi insurgents 2009
Sherlock "A Study in Pink" (S01E01) 2010
Chris Ryan's Strike Back Extras Zimbabwean soldiers and Taliban militants 2010
Ultimate Weapons 2010
Justified - Season 1 Boyd purchases "Veterans" (S1E11) 2010
Falling Skies Extras Resistance fighters 2011
Deadliest Warrior Extras Somali Pirate 2009-???
Banshee - Season 1 Mr. Rabbits guard 2013
Continuum - Season 2 Liber8 terrorist "Split Second" (E02) 2013

Anime

Title Character Note Date
Mad Bull 34 N.Y.P.D. S.W.A.T. officer with PGO-7 scope 1990
New Dominion Tank Police Criminal with PGO-7 scope 1993
Burn-Up W Outlaw 1996
Agent Aika Maypia Alexymetalia 1999
Ghost in the Shell Stand Alone Complex New World Brigade Terrorist 2002
Full Metal Panic!: The Second Raid Various terrorists 2005
Karas Yakuza thugs 2005-2007
Boondocks, The Seen during the airport scene during the trailer for Soul Plane 2: The Black-Jacking 2005 - ????
Black Lagoon Revy 2006
Black Lagoon Terrorists 2006
When They Cry Yamainu Soldier with PGO-7 scope 2006
Afro Samurai 2007
Yozakura Quartet Juli Frankenstein 2008-2014
Batman: Gotham Knight Russian mob boss 2008
RIN ~Daughters of Mnemosyne~ Assassin with electronic sight 2008
Rideback BMA Terrorist 2009
Asobi ni Ikuyo: Bombshells from the Sky Terrorist 2010
Resident Evil: Damnation Leon With PGO-7 scope and TBG-7V rocket 2012
Lupin the 3rd vs. Detective Conan: The Movie Fujiko Mine 2013
Sword Art Online II Seen on sign 2014 - ????

Video Games

Game Title Referred as Mods Notation Release Date
Fallout Tactics "Rocket Launcher" without wooden parts 2001
America's Army Firing PG-7VM or PG-7VR tandem shaped-charge rockets 2002
Conflict: Desert Storm 2002
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City 2002
Shadow Force: Razor Unit 2002
IGI 2: Covert Strike 2003
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas 2004
Battlefield: Vietnam With PGO-7 scope 2004
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater With PGO-7 scope 2004
Shellshock Nam '67 2004
Joint Operations: Typhoon Rising 2004
Project Reality With optional PGO-7 scope Firing PG-7VM HEAT, OG-7V HE-Frag, & PG-7VR tandem warhead rockets 2005
Battlefield 2 With PGO-7 scope 2005
Close Combat: First to Fight With PGO-7 scope 2005
Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories 2005
Resident Evil 4 Rocket Launcher 2005
Vietcong 2 2005
Elite Warriors Vietnam 2005
Black RPG-7 With side-mounted vertical flip-up sights 2006
ArmA: Armed Assault 2006
The Suffering: Ties That Bind 2006
Alliance of Valiant Arms With PGO-7 scope 2007
Insurgency: Modern Infantry Combat 2007
Kane and Lynch: Dead Men 2007
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl With PGO-7 scope 2007
Soldier of Fortune: Payback With PGO-7 scope 2007
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare 2007
9th Company: Roots of Terror 2008
Super Smash Bros. Brawl 2008
Dark Sector Heat-seeking against certain targets, appears to have an inverted RPG-2 tube attached to front 2008
Mercenaries 2: World in Flames 2008
Far Cry 2 With side-mounted iron sights 2008
Battlefield: Bad Company 2008
7.62 High Calibre 2008
Terminator Salvation 2009
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 2009
Resident Evil 5 RPG-7 with iron sights or with NV scope 2009
Marines: Modern Urban Combat 2010
Army of Two: The 40th Day 2010
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 RPG-7 AT With or without PGO-7 scope 2010
Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker With PGO-7 scope 2010
GoldenEye 007 MJR-409 2010
Medal of Honor (2010) RPG with or without PGO-1 scope 2010
Call of Duty: Black Ops RPG 2010
Battlefield 3 2011
Battlefield Play4Free As the "Anti-vehicle RPG" Rockets inaccurately shown with homing capability With PGO-7 scope 2011
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 2011
inFamous 2 2011
Uncharted 3 2011
Uncharted: Golden Abyss RPG-7 2011
Shadow Harvest: Phantom Ops 2011
Saints Row: The Third Unusable 2011
Project Reality: Vietnam 2012
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky With PGO-7 scope 2008
War Inc. Battlezone 2011
Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D 2011
Max Payne 3 2012
Far Cry 3 RPG-7 2012
Arctic Combat RPG-7 2012
Call of Duty: Black Ops II RPG-7 2012
Project Reality: Vietnam 2012
Ravaged 2012
Grand Theft Auto V RPG 2013
Call of Duty: Ghosts Unusable 2013
Insurgency 2014
Squad Able to fire PG-7VM HEAT and OG-7V FRAG rounds 2015
Counter-Strike Online 2015

Type 69 RPG

Chinese Type 69 RPG - 40mm
Type 69 scope reticle; note the twin stadiametric rangefinders for US and Warsaw Pact tank heights, additional length-based stadia line, and reticle grid altered to assist aiming in crosswinds.

The Type 69 anti-tank rocket launcher is a Chinese copy of the RPG-7, that is often seen in many Hollywood movies, sometimes impersonating its Russian cousin. The vast majority of RPG-7 launchers in cinema and television are the Type 69 RPG, not the original Soviet RPG-7 since until recently, it was nearly impossible to get. It has been used by the following actors in the following films and television series:

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
Lone Survivor Taliban militants 2013
Red Dawn Adrianne Palicki Toni 2012
Fast Five Henchmen 2011
Red Audrey Wasilewski The Businesswoman . 2010
The Book of Eli Ray Stevenson Redridge With PGO-7 scope 2010
Tomorrow, When the War Began . Australian resistance . 2010
Behind Enemy Lines: Colombia Colombian Rogue Unit With PGO-7 scope 2009
Behind Enemy Lines: Colombia Yancey Arias Alvaro Cardona With PGO-7 scope 2009
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Harrison Ford Indiana Jones PG-2 anti-tank rocket, mocked up to resemble RPG-2 2008
The Dark Knight Heath Ledger The Joker PGO-7 scope 2008
You Don't Mess with the Zohan John Turturro The Phantom 2008
The Kingdom Terrorists PGO-7 scopes 2007
Home of the Brave Iraqi Insurgent 2006
Harsh Times insurgents 2005
Man on Fire Denzel Washington John Creasy With PGO-7 scope 2004
Bad Boys II Cuban Army soldiers With PGO-7 scope 2003
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines Arnold Schwarzenegger Terminator With PGO-7 scope 2003
Tears of the Sun Militia fighters With PGO-7 scope 2003
Black Hawk Down Somali militiamen With PG-7VL rockets 2001
Proof of Life ELT rebel With PGO-7 scope 2000
Three Kings Iraqi soldiers With PGO-7 scope 1999
Three Kings Refugee With PGO-7 scope 1999
The Pentagon Wars US Army soldier 1998
Fair Game Gustav Vintas Stefan With PGO-7 scope 1995
GoldenEye Soviet Soldiers 1995
Clear and Present Danger Cartel soldiers With & without PGO-7 scope 1994
Black Shark (Chyornaya akula) mujahedeen 1993

Television

Show Title Actor Character Note / Episode Air Date
JAG Terrorists With PGO-7 scope / "War Cries" 1995 - 2005
Over There Iraqi Insurgents With PGO-7 scope / "Mission Accomplished", "Follow the Money" 2005
Ultimate Force Julian Rivett Klimov "Changing of the Guard" 2006
The Unit Dennis Haysbert Sgt. Major Jonas Blane With PGO-7 scope / "Dark of the Moon" 2006 - 2009
The Unit Henchman With PGO-7 scope / "The Wall" 2006 - 2009
Ultimate Weapons "Firepower" 2010

Video Games

Game Title Referred as Mods Notation Release Date
Operation Flashpoint 2: Dragon Rising Promotional artwork only 2009
GoldenEye 007 Rocket Launcher With incorrect coloration 1997
Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Simplistic launcher model designed to produce a convincing shadow, non-playable 2011

Airtronic RPG-7

Airtronic RPG-7 - 40mm

Since 2009, Airtronic U.S.A. have manufactured this improved version of the classic RPG-7 which features an M16-type pistol grip and a MIL-STD-1913 quad rail system which can be used to mount an M4-type collapsible stock, vertical grips and various sighting systems. The tube of the Airtronic RPG-7 is manufactured from 4150 ordnance grade steel, however Airtronic have recently produced a lightweight version known as the MK 777 which uses a carbon composite barrel with steel liner, halving the weight of the launcher.

Specifications

  • Weight: 7.09 kg (15.9 lb) without furniture
  • Length: 908 mm (35.75 in)
  • Caliber: 40 mm (1.57 in)
  • Muzzle velocity: 100-140 m/s (dependent on round)
  • Maximum range: 1000m
  • Effective range: 500m
  • Sights: Flip-up BUIS or red dot sights on Picatinny rail


The Airtronic RPG-7 has appeared in the following films, television series, anime, and video games used by the following actors:

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
Alex Cross Matthew Fox Picasso EOTech sight, custom warhead 2012
The Avengers Samuel L. Jackson Nick Fury custom warhead 2012
White House Down Jamie Foxx President James Sawyer With PG-7VL rocket and Leupold HAMR sight 2013

Television

Title Actor Character Note/Episode Date
NCIS - Season 9 Scott Wolf Casey Stratton "Housekeeping" (S9E12) 2012
Gang Related Gang member "Regreso Del Infierno" (S1E07). 2014
The Walking Dead - Season 6 Michael Cudlitz Sgt. Abraham Ford "Always Accountable" (S6E06) 2015-2016
Norman Reedus Daryl Dixon "No Way Out" (S6E09)
NCIS - Season 14 Mark Harmon Gibbs "Philly" (S14E05) 2016
The Walking Dead - Season 7 Unknown Saviors member "Service" (S7E04) 2016
Jeffrey Dean Morgan Negan "Service" (S7E04)

Video Games

Game Title Referred as Mods Notation Release Date
LoveGear ~Kinematic Lovers 2011
Saints Row: The Third Annihilator RPG Can be modified with laser-guidance system 2011
Call of Duty: Black Ops II RPG 2012



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