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The Vietcong were haphazardly armed and organized so it is difficult to get a drop on their organization. When I think of first line Vietcong small arms- I think of SKS, AK-47, and RPD.
Don't forget the MAT 49. Contrary to popular belief the VC were not widely armed with AKs. The VC were armed with whatever was available and that didn't mean AKs. Without a doubt the AK saw extensive service with the VC but I wouldn't go so far to say that most VC had one. The best gear was always reserved for the NVA. The VC made do with whatever was available. Which could include Nagants, MP 40s, Thompsons, and PPShs of various variants.
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The Viet Cong also had an assortment of arms they got from the South Vietnamese. I believe the M-1 and M-2 Carbine were popular. You could also get ammo fairly easily. One reason you hardly ever saw the VC with an M-16 is a lack of easy ammo supply. The local RF also used the M-1 and M-2.

I think in any comparison between the RPD and M-60, you have to factor in the environment in which it will be used. At short to medium range the RPD may well have an advantage but at longer range the M-60 would be better.

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Don't forget the MAT 49. Contrary to popular belief the VC were not widely armed with AKs. The VC were armed with whatever was available and that didn't mean AKs. Without a doubt the AK saw extensive service with the VC but I wouldn't go so far to say that most VC had one. The best gear was always reserved for the NVA. The VC made do with whatever was available. Which could include Nagants, MP 40s, Thompsons, and PPShs of various variants.
I've always heard that most VC had an AK-47 (or probably the AKM variant) or an SKS, with some bolt-actions in the mix, with submachine guns like the Thompson being less common.
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The weight factor alone is a very big plus, and the terrain it was going to be used for is another important factor.
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This ain't fair, the analogue to an M60 would be a PKM wich would win hands down.
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I hear there were a few PPSh and other Soviet submachine guns as well. The VC were not in any position to turn down any arms. I believe it was the NVA that were mostly armed with the AK 47 and SKS. I am sure any VC would have grabbed one quickly.

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This ain't fair, the analogue to an M60 would be a PKM wich would win hands down.
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I agree that the comparison is flawed. M60 is totally immune to 7.62 mm fire, so unless the TC is unbuttoned or someth...oh. Carry on.
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