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First Look: Pioneer Arms PPS-43C Polish Pistol

by SGN Online Editors   |  August 23rd, 2013 10

Born during WWII, the Soviet PPS-43 submachine gun was developed by Alexey Sudayev, and its manufacturing process was quickly streamlined to satisfy wartime production demands. The PPS-43 fired 7.62×25 Tokarev cartridges from an open bolt, and soon became a great asset to the Red Army. Until now, variations of the classic Soviet SMG were largely unavailable on U.S. soil.

Historians and mil-surp enthusiasts have reason to rejoice: Pioneer Arms has resurrected the classic sub-gun into a new civilian-legal, semi-auto variation known as the PPS-43C. Now available on the U.S. market, this new offering from Pioneer Arms is classified as an ATF-approved, non-NFA pistol.

Imported by I.O. Inc., the PPS-43C is considered a pistol because its stock is permanently folded and welded in place. Folks looking for a great SBR conversion project can install a PPS-43/pm wz. 43 parts kit, from which the original folding stock mechanism can be taken to convert the pistol’s fixed stock back to functional after it has been registered with the ATF as a SBR.

Like the classic Soviet SMG, the PPS-43C is chambered in 7.62×25 Tokarev and feeds from 35-round steel magazines. Though its closed-bolt firing mechanism was redesigned to comply with U.S. laws, the remaining components are made from a full-auto Polish variant of the PPS-43—as seen in the video below—which is known as the 7.62 pistolet maszynowy wz. 1943, and is virtually identical to the original WWII model.

David Fortier of Shotgun News and Tim Harmsen from the Military Arms Channel recently teamed up to explain the history of the PPS design and give you a first look at the new Pioneer Arms PPS-43C Polish pistol.

  • Amschel Leonid Bauer

    My Uncle picked one of these guys up around Easter last year. It’s a sweet “little” piece. Just hope they get to be popular so we can get some more production of 7.62 Tokarev to feed those hungry pistols, my Rommy TTC included!

  • Banditorapido

    With limited availability of cheap 7.62×25, I’m still wondering why they haven’t offered a 9mm version of this yet. As far as I know, the conversion is fairly simple (shouldn’t be any big deal for a professional manufacturing operation), and the mags work as-is… Anyway, if they offered a 9mm, I’d certainly grab one!

    • Dave Fortier

      A model chambered in 9x19mm will be released very shortly………!!

      • MR_22

        I have one in both 7.62×25 and 9mm. Sweet guns. Just got the 9mm version and plan to get it out shooting soon. If it’s anything like the 7.62×25 version, it’s gonna be a blast to shoot! :)

  • al

    worthless, awkward…ugly…ungainly…
    Now if it were fully auto…interesting. Much rather have a Glock with hi-cap mag. You know it will work every time.

    • Leigh Rich

      Full auto would cost a lot more than the only $350 with 4 mags they are asking. A bargain.

    • DiverEngrSL17K

      You obviously don’t know very much about the PPS-43, its history or its ultimate utility as an SMG under the worst possible environmental conditions that would simply put paid to a Glock, do you?

    • John

      I have a Glock and love it, although I am NOT a big fan of polymer pistols. That being said, the Russians cut Mosin-Nagant barrels in half to use on the PPS-41 and 43 and actual production time for the PPS-43 during the seige of Leningrad was around 4 hours, as most of its parts are stamped. It’s worth noting that the Germans had to enlist a typewriter company to do the stampings for the early MP-40’s! Stamping technology for firearms was VERY high tech in the 1940’s and the Russians had it down! Amazing-John in Texas

  • Leigh Rich

    I have 2 of them. Really well made in poland semi-auto pistols. Neat historic arm. I bout tons of 7.62X25 when it was cheap a few years back. Very reliable and a hoot to shoot.

  • DiverEngrSL17K

    A good review of a simple, straightforward, unpretentious and excellent firearm renowned for its sheer reliability under the most adverse possible battlefield conditions, that has more than earned its place in history. It might not be particularly attractive ( to some ) and may look awkward and ungainly, but anyone who has actually handled and used one operationally will tell you otherwise. The PPS-43 is surprisingly accurate, well-balanced and user-friendly, not to mention reliable as the proverbial stone axe. Also the 7.62mm x 25 Tokarev cartridge it fires is still one of the most efficient military-issue pistol-caliber rounds in existence, with high muzzle velocity, high muzzle energy and excellent penetration of hardened targets that many “modern” rounds are unable to match.

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