The PPSh-41 is a Soviet submachine gun designed by Georgi Shpagin as a cheap, reliable, and simplified alternative to the PPD-40. Common nicknames are "pe-pe-sha" from its three-letter prefix and "papasha", meaning "daddy".


Weapon type:Full-auto submachine gun
Weight:3.63 kg (8.0 lb)
Calibre & cartridge:7.62×25mm Tokarev
Capacity:35-round box magazine or 71-round drum magazine
Effective range:125 - 150 m
Rate of fire:900 to over 1000 rounds/min
Designer:Georgi Shpagin
Number produced:6.000.000
Action:Blowback, open bolt
In service:1941–1960s (USSR), 1941–present (other countries)
Muzzle velocity:488 m/s