RPG-26 Aglen Anti-Tank Weapon

We briefly discussed this weapon in a video published last week. Those of you who watched it know it came into our possession by a circuitous route.

Since then, we have had numerous inquiries about close up pics. So while I has some down time at in my office, I snapped some images trying to place it on the wall.

As you can see, I am sticking it under a US M72 LAW since it is functionally a copy. At least in the same family of design. Off the top of my head, I believe (and could be mistaken) the only difference between the RPG-22 and the RPG-26 is the telescoping tube feature found similarly on the M72 LAW.

RPG-26 Aglen explained.

As far as I can discern, this particular example was made in 1990 in Russia. And was exported to us via Ukraine.

Interestingly one of the issues we had in acquiring one was the cross pollination between the MILSURP collector community and the air-soft gamers. I don’t claim to know much about air-soft. I think I pretty much know what it is about. But is seems there are a fair amount of Western air-soft kids buying empty RPG-26 tubes and converting them to fire pellets. Or something? That wasn’t really clear to me.

One of the many 1990 markings on the tube body.

But in the world of capitalism and free markets, if there is a buck to be made, the Chinese will swoop in with a cheap knock-off and soak up some of those air-soft dollars. The problem happens when items initially sold as toys end up being passed off to unsuspecting buyers as legit military surplus.

Even our legit military example was exported out of Ukraine as something for the air-soft community. AKA a toy. So? Does that mean they are declaring it was made as a toy or being sold as a toy? It doesn’t take much imagination to wonder what kind of crazy laws are on the books in some of these dark corners of the world.

Pro-Russian “Rebels” in Eastern Ukraine armed with RPG-26. One of the tactics used by Russia was to make sure these folks were “mostly” armed with weapons pre-dating the last 15 years. But as things heated up, you saw things like BUK AA missile systems.

Bottom line: It’s not a toy. It’s deactivated. But not a toy in the least bit. This RPG-26 now resides as part of our reference collection in the armory.

 

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Areas of focus: Defense and National Security, Modern Light Weapons, Analysis of the Geo-political / Military Relationship in the Context of Strategic Goals.
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  • So we have the RPG-26 unpacked and stored in the armory. For those wondering why the Russians only used a RPG-7, well they didn’t. Even today they have some pretty direct concepts lifted directly from NATO inventory.

    Marky
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    • Brennen Munro

      Why re-invent the wheel when most of the heavy lifting has already been done for you? Even then, these types of weapons have been around since WW2, they are just building better projectiles for them. As the tech advances you are able to get the same amount of bang with a much smaller diameter warhead, leading to something like the RPG-26 rather than the much longer with a fat warhead sticking out of the end like the RPG-7. Glad it worked out for you guys to get this!

      Also… Your office wall looks a whole lot more interesting than mine ever did!

      Munro

      • Funny you should mention that. Since the B40 and RPG-7 series are so prolific, there are much bigger and “staged” warheads for defeating reactive armor. Hollywood has pretty much educated everyone on the shape of a RPG. The newer fancy ones have the shape of a giant candy corn with an orange attached to it.

        Very strange looking.

        As for the office, yes. Mine is quite the interesting conversation.

        Marky