A PPSh-41 sub machine gun fitted with 35 round curved box magazine.
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The PPSh-41 is a World War 2 era sub machine gun of Soviet origin. It was developed during World War 2 as a simpler and cheaper alternative to the PPD-40. Later during the war it was supplemented by the even cheaper PPS-43. The PPSh-41 was widely used by Soviet troops during World War 2 and has become an iconic firearm.
The PPSh-41 is a blowback operated weapon that fires from an open bolt position. The weapon consists of a wooden stock and metal barrel assembly with large barrel shroud. A pin makes the barrel assembly pivot forwards, allowing the weapon to be cleaned. A bolt buffer is fitted at the rear of the receiver to reduce recoil stress due to the high rate of fire.
The PPSh-41 fires the 7.62x25mm round that is also used in the Tokarev pistol. It uses 71 round drum magazines and 35 round curved box magazines. The PPSh-41 is a select-fire weapon with a cyclic rate of fire of 900 rpm. Combined with the drum magazine this ensures a large volume of fire. The accuracy is low due to limited production quality of the weapon and ammunition and its open bolt design. The maximum effective range is 200 meters.
The PPSh-41 was one of the major issue firearms used by the Soviets during World War 2. After World War 2 it was replaced by the AK-47. Many obsolete units have been provided to Soviet allies in Africa, the Middle East and Asia. During the Vietnam war both Soviet and Chinese models were used by North Vietnam and irregular forces.
A PPSh-41 sub machine gun fitted with 71 round drum magazine.
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The PPS-43 was developed as a cheaper and simpler to produce alternative to the PPSh-41.
The PPSh-41 fires the 7.62x25mm round that was developed for the Tokarev pistol. Many nations supplied by the USSR used both of these weapons.
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