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PPSh-41
Пистолет-пулемет системы Шпагина обр. 1941

PPSh-41 with drum magazine

Type Submachine gun
Place of origin Soviet Union
Service history
In service 1941–Present
Used by See Users
Wars
Production history
Designer Georgi Shpagin
Manufacturer Numerous
Produced 1941
Number built Approx. 6,000,000
Variants See Variants
Specifications
Weight 3.63 kg (8.0 lb) (without magazine)
Length 843 mm (33.2 in)
Barrel length 269 mm (10.6 in)

Cartridge 7.62×25mm Tokarev
Action Blowback, open bolt
Rate of fire 900 rounds/min
Muzzle velocity 488 m/s (1,600.6 ft/s)
Effective range 150 m-250 m (820 ft)
Feed system 35-round box magazine or 71-round drum magazine
Sights Iron sights

The PPSh-41 (Pistolet-Pulemyot Shpagina; Russian: Пистолет-пулемёт Шпагина; "Shpagin machine pistol") is a Soviet submachine gun designed by Georgi Shpagin as an inexpensive, simplified alternative to the PPD-40. The PPSh was a magazine-fed selective fire submachine gun using an open-bolt, blowback action. It was one of the major infantry weapons of the Soviet armed forces during World War II. The total number of PPSh's manufactured during World War II is estimated to be more than 6 million. Made largely of stamped steel, it could be loaded with either a box or drum magazine, and fired the 7.62×25mm Tokarev pistol round. The PPSh saw extensive combat use during World War II and the Korean War. In the form of the Chinese Type 50 (a licensed copy), it was still in use in Vietnam with the Viet Cong as late as 1970. According to the 2002 edition of The Encyclopedia of Weapons of World War II the PPSh was still in use with irregular military forces.

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