Why The RPG Is Such An Awesome Weapon

The Devil’s Arrow: Why The RPG Is Still A Super Bad Ass Weapon

RPG for you millennials stands for “role playing game” but warfighters know it as an inexpensive, simple to use anti-tank, shoulder fired grenade launcher.

Quick Facts

  • RPG stands for Ruchnoy Protivotankovyy Granatomyot but most people refer to it as a “Rocket-Propelled Grenade”

– Comes with 5 different warheads

– Most widely used anti-armor weapon in the world because they’re cheap and easy to use.

– Portable, shoulder launched and reusable

  • Over 9 million built
  • RPG-7’s have a minimal effect on M1A2 Abrams Tanks


Country of Origin: Soviet Union

Entered Service: 1961

Caliber: 40mm

Effective Range Against Tanks: 200 m

Effective Range Against Buildings: up to 500 m

Length: 37.4 in

Weight: 15lb

Sights: Flip-up iron sights, PGO-7 (2.7x) 

$500-2000 for a launcher

$100-500 per rocket

Chances of Getting Killed By an RPG-7

Measured by distance:

50 meters – 100%

100 meters – 96%

200 meters – 51%

300 meters – 22%

400 meters – 9%

500 meters – no chance in hell

Video Games:

Fallout Tactics

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Battlefield Vietnam

Resident Evil 4

Call of Duty 4

Cry Far 2

Terminator Salvation

Medal of Honor

Call of Duty: Black Ops

Saints Row: The Third


Uncommon Valor

Red Dawn

Spies Like Us


Black Hawk Down

Lord of War

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