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Sudayev PPS-43



Overview


PPS-43

Side view of Soviet PPS-43 sub machine gun.
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Origin
Soviet Union
Type
Sub machine gun
Entered service
1942
Status
Obsolete
Development
1942
Developer
Alexei Sudayev
Production
1942 - 1948 (USSR)
1952 - 1955 (Poland)
1954 - ? (China)
Producers
Soviet Union - Sestoryesk arsenal
Poland - Lucznik arms factory
China - State arsenals
Number produced
>45.000 PPS-42
>1 million PPS-43
111.000 PPS wz. 1943/1952
Designations
Type 43 (Original PPS-43 in Chinese service)
Type 54 (Chinese production model)
PPS wz. 1943/1952 (Polish production model)

Description


Introduction

The PPS-43 is a World War 2 era sub machine gun of Soviet origin. It was developed during the siege of Leningrad. During this time a cheaper and easier to produce weapon than the succesful PPSh-41 was required. The name PPS stands for "Pistolet Pulemyot Sudayeva" or "Sudayev sub machine gun".

Design

The PPS-43 is a blowback operated weapon that fires from the open bolt position. The simple stamped receiver houses the bolt with its integrated cocking handle. Even without a wooden stock the PPS-43 requires less steel and parts than the PPSh-41. The curved magazine are not interchangeable with those of the PPSh-41.

Firepower

The PPS-43 fires the 7.62x25mm Tokarev round from a 35 round magazine. This round provides good penetration and reasonable stopping power. The PPS-43 fires fully automatic only at a rate of fire of 600 to 900 rpm. In theory the maximum range is 200 meters. In practice the maximum range is about 100 meters.

Users

The PPS-43 was widely used by Soviet forces during World War 2. After the war it remained in limited lower tier use. Many were exported to Soviet allies in Africa and Asia. After World War 2 the PPS-43 was also produced under license, most notably in China as the Type 54. Nowadays the PPS-43 is long obsolete and is only encountered on a limited scale in third world conflicts.

Variants


PPS-43

Right side view of Soviet PPS-43 sub machine gun.
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List of PPS-43 variants

PPS-42
Original production version. Produced in limited quantities.
PPS-43
Main production version with integrated heat shield and shorter stock. Even cheaper and simpler to produce than the PPS-42.
PPS wz. 1943/1952
Polish production model with wooden stock.
Type 54
Chinese production model. Very similar to PPS-43.

Details


Facts PPS-43
General
Origin
Soviet Union
Type
Sub machine gun
Caliber
Caliber
7.62x25mm Tokarev
Magazine capacity
35 round detachable box
Barrel length
243 mm
Muzzle velocity
500 m/s
Action
Action
Blowback operated, open bolt
Fire selector
0-F
Rate of fire
600 - 900 rpm
Dimensions
Type of stock
Foldable
Length
820 mm / 615 mm
Weight
3.04 kg
Sights
Type
Iron sights
Blade front and flip up rear sight
100 and 200 m gradations