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any reliable/affordable semi-auto belt fed rifles?

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by Ridgeway, Jul 26, 2011.

  1. Ridgeway


    Aug 13, 2003
    I was considering getting a RPD, but their reliability is hit or miss @ best (seemingly more often a miss).
    For $2,100 I'd hate to have to gamble on such a rifle. It is a great looking rifle and looks like a lot of fun. But the reliability worries me.

    Is there anything in a similar vein that is reliable & in a similar price range? I can't think of anything.
    (& no crew served type weapons)

    No real purpose for it other than a niche gun for fun plinking @ range.

    I've seen a few on gunbroker, that the sellers say are reliable. However, I always wonder why they are being sold, perhaps just to fund a new purchase or perhaps b/c it stops working after the first belt...
  2. ronin.45


    Apr 24, 2008
    Most semi-auto belt feds are spotty for reliability. They have been converted to fire in a different manner than they were designed. They are also expensive. If you want a semi get a magazine fed rifle. It will be cheaper, easier to use, and more reliable.

  3. Cole125

    Cole125 Silver Member

    Apr 5, 2008
    Far West, USA
    I agree. Have you looked into a belt feed conversion for AR15s?

    That or a 100 round AR drum mag should be enough for some fun plinking/zombies. :supergrin:
    Last edited: Jul 26, 2011
  4. PlasticGuy


    Jul 10, 2000
    I have a TNW built Browning 1919 that has extremely reliable. In a 1919a2 configuration it could fit your criteria of being a one man gun (though a heavy one). It would be worth checking out. It is one of the most durable and reliable guns ever made, and the semi-auto versions built by TNW are just as good. Watch out for other builders though. Some are decent, but many are not. TNW doesn't make a bad gun though.
  5. Reb 56

    Reb 56

    Mar 12, 2007
    South Texas
    A belt fed semi-auto just doesn't seem right. Belt fed is for F/A.
  6. docwade


    Nov 3, 2009
    Canton, OH
    I have two rpd's, one in 20.5" and one 16", one m53 in 8mm, and one sg43. Non-vector rpd's are very reliable, striker fired systems. Not as fundamentally reliable as the original open bolt, slam fired design. Not as cool as f/a, but still mechanically awesome.