Shooting the Soviet 7.62x25mm PPSh-41 Submachine Gun

The Soviet short sword of World War II was the Pistolet Pulyemet Shpagin-1941 (PPSh-41) submachine gun. Manufactured in huge quantities, this simple yet robust “burp gun” became the badge of the Red Army infantryman. Chambered for the Soviet M1930 7.62x25mm cartridge, it featured a high 900 rpm cyclic rate. This was considerably faster than the German MP 40. A high capacity drum magazine holding 71-rounds provided a reserve over twice as large as a MP 40 stick mag. Muzzle velocity for its 86-grain FMJ bullet was right around 1,800 fps. Distinctive in profile thanks to its metal barrel shroud and wooden stock, it proved very effective during the brutal combat on the Eastern Front. Issued in huge numbers, it provided Soviet infantry with a very effective weapon for close-range fighting whether on offense or defense.

PPSh-41-Submachine-Gun-1
The Soviet PPSh-41 submachine gun was massed produced in huge numbers and played a crucial role in the defense of Russia during the Great Patriotic War.

I had the chance to fire one with my friend Garry James while filming the 2018 season of Guns&AmmoTV. We were filming at DriveTanks.com in Uvalde, Texas and I shot the accompanying video during a break in filming. We had a lot of fun with this old Soviet design. If you’re a fan of the PPSh-41 Sarco, Inc. has 71-round drum magazines for just $40 http://www.e-sarcoinc.com/ppsh-7-62mm-71-round-drum.aspx and non-shooting display guns for $199.95 http://www.e-sarcoinc.com/russian-ppsh-41-smg-non-firing.aspx. The display gun is just the thing to liven up your gunroom or den. 

PPSh-41-Submachine-Gun-2
Red Army soldiers equipped with PPSh-41 submachine guns provide protection for a 14.5mm Anti-Tank Rifle on the Eastern Front.
PPSh-41-Submachine-Gun-3
Initially the PPSh-41 fed from high capacity 71-round drum magazines although later in the war 35-round box magazines were introduced.

The PPSh-41 seen here was featured in the 2018 season of Guns&AmmoTV which is available on The Sportsman Channel. If you’ve cut the cord to cable TV you can stream it through our MOTV.com streaming service. We have a lot more interesting videos on the way this year so check back here often.

PPSh-41-Submachine-Gun-4
SARCO, Inc. offers a nice non-firing display PPSh-41 that will dress up any gun room.

PPSh-41 Specifications
Operation: Blowback from open bolt
Caliber: 7.62x25mm
Barrel Length: 10.6 inches
Muzzle Velocity: 1,780 fps
Sights: Protected front post and rear flip sight for 100 and 200 meters
Cyclic Rate: 900 rpm
Feed: 71-round drum and 35-round detachable box magazine
Weight: 8 pounds unloaded
Length: 33.2 inches
Practical Range: 200 meters





GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

The GPO Rangeguide 10x50

The GPO Rangeguide 10x50

If you need to see your game, and know the distance in all hunting environments, the GPO RANGEGUIDE 10×50 is your winning ticket.

Kyle Lamb and Eric Poole talk SIG pistols

Kyle Lamb and Eric Poole talk SIG pistols

G&A Editor Eric Poole and Viking Tacticals's Kyle Lamb talks about 2 new pistols from SIG Sauer and a Lipsey's Special of the P365.

New Bushnell Prime 1700 and Nitro 1800 Rangefinders

New Bushnell Prime 1700 and Nitro 1800 Rangefinders

Jake Edson of Bushnell Optics tells OSG's Lynn Burkhead about the brand new Prime 1700 and Nitro 1800 rangefinders.

New handguns from Smith & Wesson

New handguns from Smith & Wesson

The Performance Center's M&P380 Shield EZ pistol features ported barrel, flat face trigger and tuned action.

See More Popular Videos

Trending Articles

This will be the first of many investigative reports about the NRA by Firearms News. 2nd Amendment

Firearms News Investigates the NRA: Part 1

Nedd Scott - July 18, 2019

This will be the first of many investigative reports about the NRA by Firearms News.

CRKT makes 17 different knife models exclusively for Ruger, from fixed hunting knives to tactical folders, and many of their models are offered in several different styles. Accessories

Ruger CRKT Knives Review

James Tarr - July 08, 2019

CRKT makes 17 different knife models exclusively for Ruger, from fixed hunting knives to...

Please sign and share the petition to get the required 100,000 signatures by July 27. 2nd Amendment

Tell the White House that the 2nd Amendment Was Not Given to the People by Government

Firearms News - July 02, 2019

Please sign and share the petition to get the required 100,000 signatures by July 27.

If you want to keep the peace, keep and bear arms. Don't give up your guns. Any other choice would be ridiculous. 2nd Amendment

Is Red Dawn Really Just Ridiculous? If Not, Who Would Citizen Disarmament Help?

David Codrea - May 29, 2019

If you want to keep the peace, keep and bear arms. Don't give up your guns. Any other choice...

See More Trending Articles

More Rifles

The M21 sniper rifle was developed during Vietnam and remained the standard issue US Army sniper rifle until 1988. It was based upon the M14 National Match. Rifles

US Army M21 Sniper Rifle

David M. Fortier - September 12, 2019

The M21 sniper rifle was developed during Vietnam and remained the standard issue US Army...

Legacy Sports International's Howa Model 1500 Mini is a handy bolt-action hunting rifle available in .223 Rem, 6.5mm Grendel, 300 BLK and 7.62x39mm. Rifles

Howa 1500 Mini Action 7.62x39mm

David M. Fortier - September 27, 2019

Legacy Sports International's Howa Model 1500 Mini is a handy bolt-action hunting rifle...

The Traditions Outfitter G2 is an accurate, single-shot hunting rifle with an affordable MSRP of $557. Rifles

Traditions Outfitter G2 .45-70 Review

Rikk Rambo - October 04, 2019

The Traditions Outfitter G2 is an accurate, single-shot hunting rifle with an affordable MSRP...

The Rock River Arms LAR-PDS is a proprietary design that eliminates carrier tilt and allows for a side-folding stock. Rifles

Rock River Arms LAR-PDS Folding AR-15

James Tarr - July 24, 2019

The Rock River Arms LAR-PDS is a proprietary design that eliminates carrier tilt and allows...

See More Rifles

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Temporary Price Reduction.

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW OUR CURRENT ISSUE

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.